Perched a few minutes inland from the coast, Vera is a cultural centre for Andalusia, filled with bustling markets, tapas bars and historical buildings. The town is also home to renowned religious and culinary festivals.
Things to do in Vera
Stroll through Vera’s plazas, many of which transform into open-air markets on Saturdays. You’ll find a lively mix of international eateries, pubs, independent shops and art galleries. Check the schedule at the 1800s-era Plaza de Toros for cultural events and bullfighting tournaments.
Architecture buffs revel in discovering structures dating as far back as the 1400s, including Church de la Encarnacion in Plaza Mayor. You can admire the church’s massive towers, ornate altarpiece and stained-glass windows. At the town hall building, you’ll learn about the heritage and folklore of Vera inside the Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum.
Vera Playa is host to a sprawling Naturist Beach where clothing is optional. There are also plenty of family-friendly attractions, such as Parque Acuatico water park with kamikaze water shoots, swimming pools and the Adventure River. Nearby, you’ll find an amusement park and miniature golf course.
Local dishes feature in menus across town, including Garullos fried breads, wheat stew and the region’s signature date cake. Head over to the dining room at Villa Xarihiz to sample Spanish wine and pan-Spanish specials infused with local hot peppers. Dishes, such as caldereta de cabra goat stew, take centre stage at Parador de Jarandilla, an upscale restaurant housed inside a 15th-century castle.
Getting around Vera
You can rent a car at Almeria Airport for the 60-kilometre drive to Vera. After arrival, transportation options include city buses, taxis and bike rentals.