Villaricos is a town in Spain belonging to the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora, in the province of Almeria, Andalucia. It is located in the eastern part of the Levante Almeriense region. On the Mediterranean coast, near this town are the towns of Palomares, Vera-Playa, Las Rozas, Las Herrerías and El Arteal. The Almanzora river flows into Villaricos.
It is the main tourist center of the Cuevan municipality, surrounded by natural landscapes such as the Sierra Almagrera or the islands of Terreros and Negra.
In August, the Dreambeach Villaricos electronic music festival is held.
It has two small ports: Villaricos and the Esperanza marina.
Villaricos Castle, also known as the Crystal Tower, is a coastal defense tower of the hoof tower or horseshoe type located next to the mouth of the Almanzora River, in the town of Villaricos.
It was built on a previous one, in the 18th century, between 1763 and 1772, during the reign of Carlos III of Spain. It was a military post and was later used by the Spanish Civil Guard. The part facing the sea has a sloping wall in the shape of a horseshoe. The tower reaches eleven meters in height distributed over two floors, a terrace closed by a thick wall that faces the ground and defended by loopholes. The interior is closed with vaulted ceilings on its first floor.
On Sundays there is a popular street market for fruit and vegetables from the region here.
- Cala Panizo
- Playa de Pozo del Esparto
- Playa Peñón Cortado
- Cala Cristal
- Playa El Calón
- Cala de las Conchas
- Playas de Villarícos
How to get to?
From Almeria 1 hr 14 min (108 km) via A-7
From Murcia 1 hr 28 min (133 km) via AP-7
From Seville 4 hr 50 min (478 km) via A-92
From Madrid 5 hr 25 min (550 km) via A-3
GPS coordinates: 37°14′57″N 1°46′16″W
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