Costa Tropical Destinations - Almeria Province
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Further east along the southern Spanish coast just past the Granadina coast, lies the province
of Almería and its Gulf. One of its charming towns is that of Aguadulce, originally
a fishing village but today much more. It has an active port, golf courses, a leisure
marina, and ample sandy beaches with numerous sports facilities.
The epoch between 750 and 300 B.C. found a civilization formed by a mixture of the
Greeks and Phoenicians, both of whose greatest ambition was to dominate business
and commercial centers of that day. Both groups were well-founded in Aguadulce
and Roquetas in the fishing business and commerce, fomented by the favorable
conditions for the berthing of boats and trading facility with other communities.
And as the years passed, her coast was frequented by the Romans as well.
During the medieval era, particularly from the 13th Century, the lands were
cultivated for palm trees, figs, and grains. With the advent of the Muslims,
the coast was filled with towers and forts as part of their vigilance. The
Torre del Esparto, Torre de Cerrillos, Castillo de Santa Ana (las Roquetas) are
testaments to this past and are considered Andalucian monuments.
The invasión by the Arabs left an impressive culture and construction that ended in 1489
with the reconquest by the Reyes Católicos. From that time, the lands were divided
between the first 500 conquerors, captains, and judges.
The name “Aguadulce” appears to be derived from the water that flowed from the rocky
areas above the beach – water that was crystal clear, fine and with a sweet taste –
water whose source was the Sierra de Gador. Even the sea water in that area had a sweet flavor.
Today, tourism is a strong business in the area. It is in Aguadulce that the tourist trade in Roquetas began and in 1964 Aguadulce was declared the first Center of National Interest in Spain. The first tourists were housed in humble rented cottages by the sea. From a population in 1950 of 300, today´s residents number over 15,000 which is triplicated during the summer months.
Without a doubt, the growth of this town is due to its generous climate, its sea, its beaches, its atmosphere and its people who render it a unique place to visit.
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