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Agua Amarga Travel Guide

by Kelly Sanchez

About Agua Amarga

Agua Amarga is a small and charming coastal town in Almeria, it has a set of white houses in the hills of the Natural Park. Previously, the main source of income of Agua Amarga and its neighboring villages was fishing, but today, thanks to its natural beauty, its main industry is tourism now. All its streets are beautifully decorated in an Andalusian way, as you will see geraniums and bougainvilleas hanging from balconies and terraces of the houses. The unique shops of the town give it a modern bohemian look. This Agua Amarga travel guide will simply include everything you need to know about this city.

Sobre Agua Amarga

It is a great tourist destination for people who do not like to move much, as it is a small town where you can find everything, such as bars, restaurants and hotels close to each other, in one place. There are small hills with pristine white houses shining in the sun around Agua Amarga. And one must go to the Mesa Roldán (a volcano with a lighthouse on top) to appreciate the heavenly view not only of the village, but also of the beach and its coast.

If you are a fan of ‍the show ’Games of thrones’, then you should visit Agua Amarga since the fort of Mesa Roldán was one of the filming locations of the sixth season that aired in 2016. The film ‘Sexy Beast’ was also filmed here.


Agua Amarga is a very small town and according to the 2020 Census of the National Institute of Statistics of Spain it has a population of only 413 registered inhabitants. It has an area of 0.3913 km² and a population density of 1,055 km². 

From 2010 to 2020 its annual population change rate has been 0.80%. 54% of the village population are men and they also have a very high literacy rate of 99.4%.



Located in the municipality of Níjar, in the province of Almería, Agua Amarga is one of the most populated coastal areas. It is frequently visited by tourists which results in the beaches being very crowded, especially during the tourist season. 

It is located in the northeastern part of the metropolitan region of Almeria and 30 km south of Vallenar. The whole village is surrounded by the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. It is close to the towns of Carboneras, El Llano de Don Antonio, El Argamasón and Fernán Pérez. At the eastern end of the remains of an old pier where there are still ships loaded with iron ore from the mines of Lucainena towers.


Read this Agua Amarga travel guide carefully and know the detailed history of this city. The village was discovered back in 1811. Its silver deposit served financially during the Chilean War of Independence. In the past, its main source of income was fishing, although this is not the case now, but the town still continues its tradition of fishing. 

Its name is derived from the Arabic word ‘Al-hawan’, which means ‘location of water’ and if its name is literally to English, it means “bitter water”. The reason can be that the taste of seawater is bitter, and that is probably due to the small iron particles from the mine present in the water.

According to research done by Ignacy Domeyko in 1822, there were 150 active mines in the village at that time. Calera, Colorada and Aris are referred to as the most productive mines in Agua Amarga.



More than 97% of the citizens of Agua Amarga follow Roman Catholicism, while only 1% are Protestant and about 1% do not follow any religion.


The culture in Agua Amarga is a diversified fusion of various things, such as crafts, festivals, gastronomy, agriculture and fishing. All these industries mentioned, together with a good tourism trade, keeps the population employed  and helps to boost the economy of the region.

The local people are very proud of their art and skills, which is also highly appreciated by the tourists and foreigners. Surprisingly, the vibrant culture of this city has influenced other parts of the world as well so much that artists and artisans from different parts of the world have come here to live and work.


The official language of Agua Amarga is Spanish, but it does not mean that a person who does not speak Spanish cannot enjoy the city. You will find some people who speak English and will also be a bit adventurous. However, you can use technology like Google Translator, or any other translation app to talk to the local people. 

For a better experience, you can learn the basics of the language such as greetings and goodbyes, which is highly appreciated by locals. The townspeople are also very helpful and always willing to help those in need.  


The official currency of Agua Amarga is ‘Euro’ (€).


Agua Amarga, Almería is one of the eight constituencies that are represented in the Parliament of Andalusia, the autonomous legislature of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. The constituency elects 12 deputies. Its boundaries correspond to those of the Spanish province of Almería.


The average temperature in Agua Amarga in May ranges from 73°F (23°C) – 60°F (16°C). It is slightly cool with a gentle breeze. 

In the warmest month of August, the temperature varies from 85°F (30°C) – 74°F (23°C). And in the coldest month, February has a temperature of 61°F (16°C) – 49°F (9°C).

When to Go Agua Amarga

The months of May and October are the most preferred months to spend holidays in Agua Amarga. In this season, the temperature is usually around 23°C and an average of 365.2857 hours of sunshine in a month. Therefore, the weather is pleasant and tourists easily enjoy their precious time. 

The coldest months of Agua Amarga are January and February with the temperature around 9°C.



There is a wide variety of hotels in Agua Amarga, you can choose according to your budget and comfort. To help you, we have done our research and prepared a list of some of the best and most famous hotels in the region. 

Hotel The Originals Cortijo Los Malenos

Hotel The Originals Cortijo Los Malenos

Direction: Paraje la Joya, 04149, Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 618 28 62 60

Family Agua Amarga

Direction: Calle Lomilla N 6, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 950 13 80 14

Hotel Senderos

Hotel Senderos

Direction: Calle Pueblecico 1, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 950 13 80 87

Cortijo El Paraiso

Cortijo El Paraiso

Direction: Diseminado los Escullos Km 6 Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata, 04118 Los Escullos España

Contact No: +34 680 99 47 79

Hotel Arrecife Calachica Las Negras

Direction: C. Hélice, 1, 04116 Las Negras, Almería, España

Contact No: +34 950 80 40 94



  • Dress Code
    As part of the Agua Amarga travel guide, dressing properly is very important. There are no restrictions on the type of clothing one can wear or not. You can dress the way you want, but to be more comfortable it is better to dress according to the weather in which you are traveling. Because no one wants to ruin his trip due to discomfort caused by clothes.If you’re traveling in the hot months, it’s best to wear something loose and airy. For women, it’s the best time to put on dresses. T-shirts, shorts, jerseys and slippers are the most suitable for this type of weather.
    Or if you visit when it is very cold, you can wear various layers of clothes. Coats, jackets, sweaters, boots will be very comfortable.
  • Drinking
    In Spain, children under the age of 18 cannot not buy alcohol, such as beer, wine and spirits. There are also very strict rules against driving under the influence of alcohol. The legal limit of the blood alcohol content in Spain is 0.5 grams per liter of blood. In addition, it is also forbidden to walk on the roads or in the metro with glasses, cans and bottles containing alcohol.
  • Tipping
    Tipping is not a very common practice in Spain and generally most Spaniards do not tip at a restaurant, cafe, club etc. Though the tipping culture does exist, it is not very necessary. It is only common in big cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, where most employees in the hospitality sector earn a good amount of money through tips.
  • Photography
    When you check out this Agua Amarga travel guide, you should know about the trend of photography in the city. In Spain, no one can be photographed without their consent or permission. You can take photos of people you know or even buildings, monuments, beaches, etc, unless it is specifically mentioned that you cannot click the pictures.


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    Seville is located on the Guadalquivir River and is the fourth largest city in Spain. It is a monumental city with colorful traditions, historical architecture and endless tapas. It offers many attractions such as the Isla Mágica, Plaza de España, Real Alcázar de Sevilla, the Cathedral of Seville with the Torre de la Giralda and the Torre del Oro on the river.

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  • Granada
    Granada is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. It is a city in the south of Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is famous for having great examples of medieval architecture from the Moorish period, especially the Alhambra, an extensive fortress complex on the top of a hill that encompasses royal palaces. Some famous places to visit there are Granada Cathedral, Calle Caldereria Nueva, Sierra Nevada, Albaicín, Mirador de San Nicolás, Carrera del Darro.

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Some of the must-see places in Cadiz are La Caleta Beach, Castillo Sta Catalina, Barrio La Viña, Plaza Spain, Cádiz Cathedral, Gran Teatro Falla, Mercado Central and Plaza de las Flores.

Exploring Agua Amarga

High-End Dining

La Villa

La Villa

Direction: Carretera Carboneras 18, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 722 55 27 31

El Beach

El Beach Agua Amarga

Direction: Calle Desaguee 20, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 670 28 28 63

Casual Dining

Asador La Chumbera

Direction: Carboneras, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 634 67 62 98

Restaurante Aguamarga 3

Direction: Calle Aljibe 19, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 687 82 23 28

Stanley & de Marco Agua Amarga

Direction: Calle Ferrocarril Minero, 22, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 950 13 80 85

Los tarahis

Direction: Plaza, Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 950 13 82 35

Restaurante Oleaje

Direction: Ferrocarril Minero 31, 04149 Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 950 53 81 53

Bars & Lounges

Bar La Plaza

Direction: Plaza, Agua Amarga, España

Contact No: +34 950 13 82 14

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