30 miles inland from Roquetas de Mar,
the boom town of El Ejido stretches
roughly 12 km. along the N 340 motorway,
which crosses what was once a wilderness of salt-flats
and sand dunes and which is now a sea of plastic.
64,000 acres of polythene, supported by eucalyptus
posts, provide the environment for the year-round
production of fruit and salad vegetables, exported
to northern Europe, making El Ejido the most prosperous
area in Andalucia.
This emerging locality is already known for the enormous
opportunities it offers travellers for all kinds of
water sports on its broad seacoast.
The possibilities are many get away to the virgin
beaches with sand dunes on the Balema or Punta Entinas
coast, wind surf in Ensenada San Miguel, or go to
the beaches and marina of the Almerimar development.
Once you are set up you are recommended to visit the
area’s numerous monuments such as the ostentatious
guardias Viejas Castle, which was constructed by order
of Carlos III to defend the coast from frequent pirate
and corsair attacks.
In its interior there is a theme museum about coastal
fortresses, with a display of military uniforms of
the period, weapons and models for better understanding
of the historical context in which it was built.