Almeria Province - Pulpí

Pulpi on the coast of Almeria. © Michelle Chaplow
Pulpi on the coast of Almeria.


This Almerian town has an exclusive treasure that makes all the people that live there very proud: the Giant Geode of Pulpí (volcanic rock). It is a beautiful rock formation covered in transparent gypsum crystals and is considered the best preserved in the world. No surprise, then, that is has been declared an official Natural Place of Interest. It was discovered on the inside of an abandoned mine in El Pilar de Jaravia, one of the many populated areas of Pulpí and has an age of many millions of year.

The Isla Negra (black island) is another natural place of interest in the town, one of the many small volcanic islands that are found in the area, located in the coastal and touristic town of San Juan de los Terreros. It is also known as Palomas Island (Isla de las Palomas). Also, even though it´s not a monument, the stunning Palmeral de Pilar de Jaravia is definitely worth a visit.



For those who decide to tour around Pulpí, one of the towns included in the Route of Castles through Andalucia, there will be a chance to see very interesting monuments of architectural excellence, such as the San Miguel Church, built in a Neoclassical style between the 18th and 19th centuries, which can be found in the main square of the town; The Castle of San Juan de los Terreros, which was constructed in 18th Century, is located on a hill which takes command over the coast and town; the Tower of los Terreros, originally of a Renaissance style; The Batería de San Juan de los Terreros, built in the mid-18th century; The so-called House of the English, an example of an ancestral home; the Town Hall, of a mudejar style, and the train station, built at the beginning of the 20th Century.

In order to discover and get to know all of Pulpí, from the mountains to the coast, passing through the hollow interior, there´s nothing better than to go through the disused iron trainway that was built in the last few years of 19th century through tunnels and over bridges.


Hotels in the town of Pulpí itself are scarce and can be hard to find. However, there is an array of hotels and accommodation on offer by the beach and in neighbouring San Juan de Terreros, part of the municipality of Pulpí. Suggestions below. 

Hotel CalypsoHotel Calypso

Located right on the beach in San Juan de los Terreros. It offers a private beach bar and air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The rooms feature a fridge and all have private bathrooms and either a private balcony or sea views.


Hotel Playa TerrerosHotel Playa Terreros

This charming hotel is situated in a quiet area just 100 metres from the beach, in San Juan de Terreros. It offers a small outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace with sea views. It also has a restaurant serving traditional Andalucian food. 



Those searching for the sun and the beach will find the most attractive part of Pulpí by the coast, with quiet beaches spoilt with crystal clear waters where you can also do water sports, such as scuba diving. Among them are the beaches of Los Nardos, Entrevista, Mar Serena, Calipso and bays such as Tía Antonia, Cuartel and Cala Cerrada.

Castillo de San Juan in Pulpi. © Michelle Chaplow
Castillo de San Juan in Pulpi.


For golfers of all abilites the Aguilón Golf Course is great fun and with its 100 bunkers and 6 stunning lakes every hole comes with view.

Arts & Crafts

Those who wish to buy arts and crafts products from the town will have to search for special embroideries and products made with straw.


Geodes are rounded, hollow voids in rocks filled with crystals and other minerals. They are typically formed when air bubbles inside of volcanic rock form hollow cavities.

The Pulpí Geode also names the Giant Geode was discovered in 1999 by members of the Mineralogist Group of Madrid in the “Mina Rica” mine. It is 8 metres long by 2 metres high covered with huge gypsum crystals. Its transparency, size and state of preservation make it a unique phenomenon worldwide. More>


The gastronomy in Pulpí is great. Rice with beans, garlic soup, migas with bits of meat, hams and house meats mostly made from pork are among the many delicacies of the region. For dessert, Easter pie, butter cake with pork crackling and local Swiss rolls (brazos gitanos) are a must.


Those who want to attend the popular celebrations can go to Pulpí for the San Miguel festivities at the end of September; for the Carnival and for the Día de la Vieja, which always falls on the Thursday halfway through Lent.


Pulpí is located 110 kilometres from the city of Almería, from where you should take the A-7 towards Murcia. From there, link onto the A-350, this will take you directly to your destination.