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Golf; Winter sports; Near water
The name of the village of Guardias Viejas (The Old Guard) goes back to the 15th century when watchtowers protected the coast from pirate attacks. Guardias Viejas is a neighbourhood of the municipality of El Ejido and houses just over 500 people. It has a rich history.
Along the road from Guardias Viejas to Almerimar a port was situated there in the first century, from which olive oil, wine and brine (salt) was exported to Rome. The port became silted up; leaving a long sandy beach was created.
In the Middle Ages, a square tower was built to guard the coast, which was later rebuilt into the castle. After the restoration in the 80s, there is a permanent exhibition of clothes and weapons of the Napoleonic era. In the summer there are music and theatre performances.
In the first century the Romans built also medicinal baths in the region. These Roman baths was widely used by people seeking salvation for their illnesses.
Every year, on July 25, they celebrate the region's patron saint's feast day.
The tourist resort Almerimar (7km) is a small paradise on the Spanish coast. There are many shops, restaurants and bars serving alcoholic drinks with the famous regional "Tapas". Also, discos are not lacking there.
There are plenty of outdoor activities here, including sailing, wind-surfing, fishing, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, golf and much more! In the port 1100 vessels up to 60 meters can moor. This makes Marina Almerimar one of the largest marinas in Spain.
There is also an equestrian centre where you can horseback riding and make guided trips on the beach.
The 27-hole Almerimar Golf Course is located in a beautiful landscape of exceptional beauty with palms and lakes and of course with the delightful Mediterranean climate of Andalusia. The course offers golf enthusiasts enormous play possibilities and challenges.
There is also the Golf Academy Almerimar, where golf professionals will instruct you. Beginners, children and adults can train on a putting green, a chipping area, a bunker and a 9-hole course, par 36. For more advanced level an 18-hole golf course is available. There are several programs and clinics, where all aspects of the game can be practiced.
Lovers of winter sports can head for the slopes within 2 hours. The slopes are just above Granada in the Sierra Nevada and have a combined length of 60 km. The slopes are open from late December to late March. Besides skiing, there are also plenty possibilities for hiking and climbing.