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We visit Adra from Malaga, a town in Almeria with things to do

Let’s discover Adra, a recommended place to visit at any time of the year. This port city originated in the distant past, being the oldest city in Almería and one of the oldest in Spain.

Exploring Adra

Skirting the eastern coastline of Andalusia we come to Adra, a coastal town in Almeria that is quite popular during the summer, but has enough attractions for you to visit all year round; let’s get to know it in depth and tell you about places to see and things to do.

If you are interested in visiting Adra at any time, we offer you the means of transport that best suits you. You can go for a few days or leave in the morning to get to know it and then we will bring you back.

We have set out to bring all the towns of Andalusia closer to our customers and Adra is one of those places you should not miss.


Probably most people visit Adra for its beaches with transparent waters, so let’s take a closer look at them:

De la Rana beach

A family beach with rocks and ideal for snorkelling. It is a beach where dogs are often taken and it is usually quite quiet in the mornings.

Sirena Loca beach

This beach with a curious name, which in English translates as ‘crazy mermaid’, is a long beach with access for the disabled and a large car park. Those who visit it highlight its transparent waters and its proximity to several hotels in the area.

Carboncillo Beach

It has all the services, from toilets to a volleyball area and entertainment for the little ones. Its waters are crystal clear, as is usual in the municipality.

Poniente Beach

Beach with children’s playground and promenade. A family beach with showers and very clean water.

San Nicolas Beach

The closest beach to the city centre and which also has services such as showers and different places to eat.

Censo Beach

The last beach in Adra is Playa del Censo. It has showers for the disabled and the seabed is made of rocks, so it can also be a place for scuba diving.

Monuments and history

The city is of Phoenician origin; different civilisations have settled in its lands, from the Tartessians to the Greeks, Romans, Muslims and Visigoths. After the Christian conquest, Adra played an important role in the economy of the region, with its port playing a fundamental role in the import and export of products.

To know Adra in depth we cannot miss the opportunity to stroll through its streets and visit some of the places we are going to suggest you below.

Montecristo Hill

If Adra were a human body, this location would most likely be its soul or heart; the origin of what is now Adra began here a very long time ago. The Cerro de Montecristo is an archaeological site that shows us where the Phoenician colony settled in the past.


Molino del Lugar Mill

Hydraulic mill from the beginning of the 19th century which has now been converted into a museum. You can find out what life was like in the past in Adra and some of its customs.


Museo en Adra
We will be able to learn what life was like for the inhabitants of Adra in the past.

Municipal Museum

The museum of Adra is not very big but it is big enough to make us feel comfortable visiting it. Inside you will find a permanent exhibition about Adra, with archaeological remains

On the ground floor of the museum there are temporary exhibitions related to the history of the environment surrounding Adra, while on the upper floor we will immerse ourselves in its history and we will also be able to see the works of some local artists.


Torre de la Vela

In the past, Adra was a small village protected by large walls built in 1505. This tower is part of the remains of the wall that once protected the Kingdom of Granada and which disappeared in the middle of the 19th century.

Torreón de la Vela en Adra


Air-raid shelters

Another must-see if you are in Adra are the air-raid shelters, located under the old town square. They were dug out of the rock during the civil war.


Torre de los perdigones

The Tower of the Buckshot is the symbol of the town of Adra, it is part of the remains of its mining and smelting industry. This tower was built in 1822 and it was used to melt lead for the construction of buckshot.

The method of manufacture is curious and has a history; William Watt, a plumber who lived in Bristol at the end of the 18th century, had the original idea of making buckshot by throwing molten lead from the top of a tower he had built in his own house. He made round holes in the ground and placed a tank full of water underneath. This simple idea made the method of production much cheaper, and so it spread throughout Europe.


Other things to do in Adra

In addition to its monuments, beaches and places of historical interest, there are other places you should visit if you want to immerse yourself in Adra.

Abastos Market

Adra’s local market is the place where you will find everything from fruit and vegetables from the region to fresh meat, fish and seafood.

Mercado central


Tourist Information Centre

Guided tours of Adra’s many monuments and places of historical interest are offered from here. If you are planning to visit the town and want to make the most of your visit, this is certainly a good place to start.


Adra Town Hall Square

If you walk through the centre of Adra you may pass the town hall.


Fairs and events

One of the main tourist attractions of a town like Adra are its festivals and traditions. The dates may change slightly, but we can get an idea if we are planning to visit Adra during one of its fairs or events:

  • Adra Fair
    Adra Fair takes place from the 6th to the 10th of September.
  • San Sebastián
    On 20 January in the Barrio de la Ermita.
  • Festivities of San Marcos
    From 25th April to 3rd May, these festivities of tourist interest are celebrated in Adra, where donuts are distributed and the historic quarter is decorated for the procession of the religious image.
  • May Crosses
    3rd May.
  • Night of San Juan on 26 June on the beaches of the coast.
  • Virgen del Carmen on 16th July.
    Fishermen’s festival with fireworks and a maritime procession.
  • Easter Week
    Easter Week is experienced in a special way in Adra.

Transporte en Adra

The bus line connects Adra with Almería, Puente del Río and La Curva among other locations. You can find more information about the stops and timetable on the official website:<

From Malaga to Adra

If you need an efficient means of transport you can count on our transportation services for a transfer from Malaga to Adra; we will take you wherever you need to go and we can also bring you back the same day or whenever you need it. Whether you are arriving by plane to Malaga airport and have already booked accommodation or if you just want to spend a day discovering this town; tell us your needs.


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