Almeria Province - Vera

A ruin at the beach in Vera.  © Michelle Chaplow
A ruin at the beach in Vera.

Vera

Vera is another important ´sun and beach´ town in the province of Almería that seems to attract a lot of tourism, above all those who practice naturism. Not surprising, then, that there are a lot of lodgings and hotel accommodation that offer exclusive services for nudists. However, the town also holds a very interesting cultural offering due to its artistic and historical past.

In its Antique narrow and steep streets, with white houses decorated in wonderfully coloured flowers, you will find the most outstanding monuments and buildings in Vera. Among them is the Church of Our lady of the Incarnation, that was built in the 16th Century as a fortress inside the fortified walls of the town. The town hall, built in the 19th Century and which houses the Historical Archive, considered one of the best in Andalucia, is also there along with the Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum, in which you can see an interesting mock-up of what could have been the Muslim settlement on the Hill of Sacred Spirit (Cerro del Espíritu Santo).

Other important buildings of a religious nature that one can see in Vera are: The Convent of the ´Mínimos´, with an interesting fortified church; The San Agustín Church, contructed in the 16th Century by the emperor Carlos V; The Shrine of the Virgin of Las Angustias, patron saint of the town; San Ramón Chapel, from the 18th Century, and the Shrine of the Virgen de las Huertas, situated on the outskirts of the town, where neighbouring people come for the pilgrimage that is celebrated every year and where you can find one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the Roman era in Vera, known as ´el Roceipón´.

Archaeology lovers must also visit the Cerro del Espiritu Santo, where many Roman and Muslim remains have been found. There is also a wide and beautiful panoramic view of Vera and the surrounding area from this mountain.

The Plaza de Toros and the Fuente de los Cuatro Caños are also important places that you should not miss out on when visiting Vera.

Beaches

In terms of beach tourism, Vera has a beautiful promenade and three fine-sand beaches with crystal waters. The first is Playazo, the most popular among the nudist crowd. The other two are called Las Marinas and Puerto Rey. The town also has an aqua park.

Arts & Crafts

There is a good amount of arts and crafts in the town, including works of pottery, straw-work, marble, glass, forging, embroidery and baskets.

Gastronomy

The local gastronomy does not fail to impress either, with dishes such as garlic soup, stews, casseroles, pasta with rabbit meat and pre-made tarts. With a wide variety of deserts and sweets such as tortas de pellizcos, torticas reales, raspberry and blueberry tarts and the so called ´Jesus fingers´, those who are searching for good food will not go hungry!

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Celebrations

Last but not least, the celebrations of the town are a must-see for any visitor. During Easter week there are grand carnivals and processions, and there are celebrations for the Day of the Old, the pilgrimage of the Virgin of Hueras, the first Sunday of September and for the patron saint at the end of September.

How To Get There

Vera is located about 90 kilometers away from Almeria city, from where you can take the 529 exit from the A-7 towards Murcia. Follow the signs.