Spend your winter in San José, Spain: Is San José a good snowbird location?

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San Josè is a village in the province of Almerìa. It resides at the center of Nature Reserve Park in Cabo de Gata. San Josè is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea like most other places in the region of Cabo de Gata. It is a coastal area but it also has lower mountains as well. San Josè is a beautiful example of stunning creations of nature as it is situated between volcanic mountains and has a clear blue Mediterranean Sea on the other side. If you are a fan of serene places where you can take refreshing walks then this is the place for you.

Initially, the area of San Josè was used by the inhabitants of surrounding areas for the pasturing of their animals. This town has been a major copper-settlement of Europe. Fishing used to be the major contributor to the economy of San Josè but in the past couple of years, tourism has increased a lot. But the place has not lost its original beauty and serenity. The best thing about this town is its seafood. You get to eat the freshly picked seafood out of the sea at several places.

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Why should people stay in San José during the winter?

If you are looking for a more quiet place where you can enjoy the sun and can walk at scenic locations in the winter, San Josè is the place for you. It is the perfect place for strolls along the beach during the day and at night you can enjoy the night breeze alongside the sea.

Climate

San Josè has pretty pleasant weather in winter. During the day the temperature remains often between 15°C - 20°C (59°F - 68°F) and even at night the temperature rarely goes below  9°C (48°F). Most days are sunny even in winter. There is a one in 30 chance of rain throughout the whole month. San Josè gets less rain than the rest of Spain and has in Nigar the only desert of Europe.

For more climate information visit Meteoblue

Things to see in San José

San Josè has several places that are worth visiting:

  • Viewpoint josefina Huertas: It is a spectacular observation viewpoint. You can listen to the silence here with a view of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The fishing port: It was built in 1991. You can find fishing boats and other recreational activities there.
  • Playa de los Genoveses: The beach is a kilometer long. It has clear sand and shallow waters.
  • Playa de Mónsul: It is one of the most unique beaches you will find. There are volcanic rocks on the beach and the sand is the color of ash.
  • Bahía de Los Canadienses: It is a public beach.
  • San Jose's yacht club: A yacht club where you can rent a boat and explore the sea.

Things to see not far from San José

There are a lot of things you can do from San Josè. Here a small selection:

Activities in San José in the winter

San Josè will be more quit in the winter, but still there are a lot of activities. Some examples:

  • Padel: there are many Padel courts in San Josè and for 1.5 hours it will cost you around €10 (approx. $11, £8, $15 CAD, $16 AUD).   
  • Carnaval: The carnival that takes place in February is amazing with lots of activities and exuberant colors.
  • Día de San José: This festival is held in the Honor of St Joseph and is also known as Father's day. At night there is live music and celebrating.
  • Yoga classes: A lady named Ogla provides yoga services. She has set up her studio in her own house. Her facebook id is https://web.facebook.com/SiriGaitri/?_rdc=1&_rdr . There are other spas and wellness centers in San Josè as well.
  • Bird watching: There are several spots where you can do Bird Watching as there are many incredible species of birds that fly by. You can get the details of sites and bird species available here http://www.sanjosespain.com/webdocs/docs/twitchingalmeria.pdf.
  • Kayaking and Sailing: You can enjoy the water currents of the Mediterranean Sea even in winters in San Josè. There are many companies that offer you a trip into the sea at reasonable prices.  
  • Cycling and walking: There are proper tracks made especially for walking and cycling. There is a walking trail called "GR7" which crosses through the Sierra Nevada and continues towards Alpujarra. There are signposts all along the trails and books and guides are also available for the ease of visitors.
  • Boats Trips and Excursions: If the weather is nice take a boat trip and excursion from San Josè harbor. San Josè has a proper yacht club where you can rent boats.
  • Golf: There are several golf courses available within just an hour's drive. You can get a membership starting from only €10 (approx. $11, £8, $15 CAD, $16 AUD). You can visit https://www.sanjosegolfsociety.org/ for more information.
  • Fitness: If you like to keep fit you can find several gym's and group training in English in San Josè. 
  • Horse Riding: You can book Horse rides at the Hotel Cortijos del Sotillo. You can ride into the beaches of Genoveses and Mónsul.
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Shopping + Restaurants. Are they open in the winter?

There are not a lot of shops and restaurants in San Josè, and not all of them will be open in the winter (or will be open in the weekend only).

You can find different types of restaurants, both budget and more up class, including:

  • Restaurante Mediterraneo: seafood. Also serves pastas and other meat dishes.
  • Casa Miguel en Tierra de Cine: Mediterranean cuisine. Theme restaurant.
  • 4 Nudos: seafood 
  • El Otro Parque: Italian and seafood
  • Rione Trastevere: Italian resturant
  • Il Brigantino Puerto: vegetarian
  • Casa Sebastian: seafood and paella

There are several grocery stores, and some of them will remain open during the winter season. You can find:

  • Spar City
  • Supermarket Suma
  • Sports shop Medialuna
  • Tara Natura
  • Salamandara Lamparas

Transport

The nearest airport to San Josè is in Almeria. You can catch an easy flight to this region during the peak seasons, in the winter season there are fewer options. A bus leaves every 40 minutes from the Almeria airport for San Josè and every 80 minutes during weekends. You can catch the bus earliest from 6 am to as late as 10 pm. Prices are starting from €3 (approx. $3.58, £2.68, $4.65 CAD, $4.85 AUD). You can visit https://www.autocaresbernardo.com/ for details.

You can also get to San Josè from Almeria airport by heading east through N-344 road from Almeria. After that, you will get to San Josè by ALP-202 road. It is nearly a 30-minute drive. To visit places outside of San Jose a car can be convenient, and in the winter period, you can often find good deals. Parking in almost all the places is free in the winter.

There is no train station in San Josè. The nearest train station is in Murcia. You will have to take the bus or a taxi to get to the Murcia train station. There are busses in San Josè, to get from one part of town to another or to nearby locations, but they do not have a website.

There is also a bus in San Jose. Check with the local tourist office for more details on the routes and time table.

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Health

San Jose is a small town that has a small medical center, the San Jose's Health Centre. It can be difficult to find English speaking staff. For a hospital, you will have to do the Almeria.

Accommodation

  • As San Jose is not very big there are limited options for apartments and rentals for a longer period of time.
  • You can get a small apartment from €500 (approx. $596, £447, $774 CAD, $809 AUD) per month. Bigger apartments with a better location and more amenities like a pool and a gym will be more expensive.
  • If you want a villa,  good view and super-luxury living, there are many excellent options starting from €1500 (approx. $1788, £1341, $2324 CAD, $2427 AUD)

Winter Camping 

San Josè has several camping's that are open in the winter. Both for campers, caravans and tents. Most of them have special winter offers. As some periods in the winter can be quite busy it is advisable to make a reservation. 

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RV/Campers/Motorhome

If you have a Camper or Motorhome you can find several locations near San Josè.

Packing List

  • Weather: The winter weather in San José (Spain) will normally be warm during the day and can be cold during the night. You have to pack accordingly.
  • Warm clothing: Even when you go to a warm location like San José (Spain) you should not forget to take some things with you for your trip back home. When you return you are adapted to the warmer weather and need something to protect you from your hometown temperatures.

  • Consider the Weather: Always look at the type of weather in San José (Spain). Things like humidity, wind, and rain do not show up in the temperature graph but can have a great impact on your wardrobe. There are several sites with long term forecasts and climate information. Is there often a short afternoon downpour like in the tropics, you maybe need to take a strong umbrella and shoos that can cope with the rain. If there is often a lot of wind you might need a more wind-resistant coat.

  • Check the local Shopping options: Try to find information about the local shopping options near your location in San José (Spain). Are there stores where you can buy all your daily supplies, or are some things difficult to get? For some more remote locations, the options can be limited. If a certain item is really important for you might need to take it with you.

  • Look at the Local Culture: The local culture in San José (Spain) can impact your wardrobe. If most activities are in more upscale locations you might take some more appropriate clothes with you. Or travelling if you travel to certain countries women need to cover themselves in certain areas.

  • Amenities: Know what’s Included in your house or apartment. Is there a coffee maker, a toaster, a washer and dryer, an iron, what is in the kitchen, what kind of towels are there? Things that are there means you do not have to take them with you. A furnished apartment or house can mean something from a few pieces of furniture to a well-stocked place with all the things you have at home. But most of the time your rental will not be stocked.

  • Mix and match: Wear layers so you can use your wardrobe more efficiently. And do not worry about wearing something more often, probably only you will notice this.

  • Important for you: If there is something that is really important for you that you want to have present in your house or apartment, take it with you. This can be something like a special knife for the kitchen, or a small mirror that you use in the morning. You can also purchase it locally if it is not that expensive.

  • Pet supplies: If you take your pet with you don’t forget to take supplies for a few days with you. And enough medication, vitamins, or other supplies if you can not purchase them in San José (Spain) locally.

  • Food: Don’t take a lot of food with you. Only when there is something you really can not live without you, and it is not too heavy you could consider taking it with you.

  • Towels: Not all locations include bigger towels for the swimming pool or a visit to the beach. If you have to take them and don’t have a lot of room you can buy some big thin towels.

  • Office supplies: Normally you will not find any office supplies in your house or apartment. If you think you will use them you could pack some supplies like a scissor, notepaper, envelopes, some pens, and more depending on your needs.

  • Limit yourself: Don’t take too many shoes and jackets, you will not need them that often.

  • Best-fitting: Bring your favorite and best-fitting items that can multi-function

  • Washer: Do you have a washer and dryer onsite, you don’t need to pack a lot of clothes

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