The people of Carboneras (Almería)


Carboneras' first references are from the Nasrid era, coastal fortifications are built, since pirate invasions at this time are very common. Subsequently, after the conquest of the Catholic Monarchs, these fortifications are reinforced.

In 1559, Philip II gave these lands to the Marquis del Carpio with a mandate to build the Castle of San Andrés. With him I would defend this coast from the Moors before the uprising of the Alpujarras and also, got the population organized around this monument. This landscape merges in Carboneras with the vestiges of the nineteenth century represented in stately buildings as the current seat of the municipality of Carboneras, formerly House of Fountains.

In 1838 got his independence from Sorbas.

The "Chickadees" and its fishing tradition

Famous for having the 78% of its territory within the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and the largest desalination plant in Europe.

Extension and Inhabitants

Its surface extent is 95 km2 and has a density of 76,5 hab/km2., has some 8.300 Inhabitants.


Location within the province

Its geographical coordinates are 36o 60o N, 153rd O

It is located at an altitude of 10 meters and 63 kilometers from the provincial capital, Almería.

At the mouth of the River Alias, on the coast of Carboneras and within the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Níjar there are a number of unspoiled beaches. One of these is the beach of the Algarrobico, de 3 Km. length and which witnessed the filming of the film "Lawrence of Arabia" (David Lean, 1962).

The town has 14.5 kilometers the beaches, highlighting corral beach and Los Muertos beach (considered the best beach in Spain by the digital magazine 20 minutes in the year 2007), Cocones beach, the beach of the marinicas, lancome beach, Algarrobico Beach, you can see it from the entire beach of Carboneras, St Andrew's Island, a small rocky island of 1,5 hectares whose line on the horizon resembles that of a whale and which has been a Natural Monument since the year 2.003

Parties Employer

The Main Festivities are held around the day 13 June, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, and is betting on declaring Holidays of Tourist Interest. In addition to the traditional verbenas and mechanical "cacharricos" for the enjoyment of the little ones, the festivities stand out for the celebration of the Moors and Christians, with showy parades and a curious scenery depicting the battles of the two troops in prominent environments such as the beach and the castle of San Andrés.

In June, the traditional St. John's Night party takes place on the beach, with numerous bonfires and moragas distributed throughout the beach to receive the summer during the early morning of the 23 June.

In mid-August, the Fisherman's Festival culminates with a traditional sea procession along the coast and a large popular sardine.

Las Barriadas

Don Antonio's Plain, The Argamason, The Vincents, La Cañada by Don Rodrigo, The Islica, El Cumbrero, The Bird Cave, El Cañarico, The High Jumper, The Low Jumper and Glasses.

How to get to Carboneras

The proximity of the municipality to the Almese capital of 67 Km. distance provides rail options, ship and plane that the city has. Carboneras, is 17 Km. A-7 motorway by exit 494 Mediterranean Highway Almeria stretch- Murcia. To go by car or motorbike on the road, we should go first to Murcia or Almeria, depending on where we depart from.

From Almeria: Heading towards Murcia on the A-7 / E-15 (the Mediterranean highway), and deviate in the Km. 494 by the N-341 that takes us directly to Carboneras.

From Murcia: Heading towards Almeria on the A-7 / E-15 and we deviate in the Km. 494 by the N-341 that takes us directly to Carboneras.

Another shorter option is to take the detour to Garrucha, then go to Mojacar and then take the local road towards Carboneras that borders the coast and has the firm in good condition, although it has a very twisted stretch.

To get to Carboneras there are daily line buses from Almería, as well as other municipalities in both provinces.

There are currently two bus companies that have routes that pass through Carboneras. The company ALSA operates the Madrid-Carboneras long-term route and for its part, Frahermar operates the Almería-Carboneras route.

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