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The Costa de Almeria

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The Costa de Almeria with over 300 kilometres of coastline is surrounded by mountains and the arid almost rain free climate means that the coastline is sparsely populated and therefor largely unspoilt.  The Capital city of Almeria has a curious "reinforced" Cathedral (which acted as a fortress facing the sea) and which is visual proof of the two very different styles like the Renaissance facade of the building and Gothic style used for the rest of the construction, erected in the 16th century, but finished in the 18th century. There are a number of hotels near Almeria Cathedral.

The desert landscape and red sand around Tabernas is popular with Hollywood film makers and the region was famously used for the spaghetti westerns of the sixties and seventies.  Cabo de Gata-Níjar east of the city of Almeria is Andalucia's largest coastal protected area,  and the small town of San José with its low buildings and sandy streets and has a population of less than 200 souls.   On the Northenmost part of the costline you will find Mojacar with its moorish influences and the pueblo is famed as a "white village" with wonderful beaches.  Just down the coast is the quaint fishing town of Carboneras, where the deep blue mediterranean acts as a magnet to scuba divers.

Inland and of interest are the Cuevas de Almanzora ( caves of Almanzora) the ex-mining town is now a Natural Archaelogical Park filled with caves from all eras. Until around fifteen years ago, many of the caves were inhabited although most of the families having moved out, there are still some in use. Some of the caves have are "multi story" and are fully equiped with all mod cons and are still bought and sold by verbal contacts, supported by the community.

Southwest of the city of Almeria are the new town resorts of Roquetas de Mar now a well established tourist resort  and Aguadulce which has also become a sand and sea highly developed resort with a Marina.



Spanish court declares demolition of British couple's home invalid

Len and Helen Prior's home in Vera was demolished on 9th January 2008

There was some good news last week for Len and Helen Prior, the British couple whose home in Vera was demolished as illegal in January last year: the Constitutional Court has ruled the proceedings which led to the demolition to be invalid. The court states that the Priors were not informed of those proceedings and were therefore denied their right to effective judicial protection. The demolition itself has also been declared as invalid.

The house was bulldozed on a court order which ruled that it was built illegally on rustic land, despite the fact that planning permission was granted from Vera Town Hall. The Priors have been living in their garage ever since, with no running water or electricity supply . Europa Press reports the couple have claimed 600,000 € from the Town Hall in compensation for the demolition.