Polytunnels Of Campo de Dalias, Almería (1 Viewer)

Nov 24, 2008
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We would like to go and see the vast area of polytunnels near Almería.

Can anyone suggest an area higher up that we could get an overview, I’ve read somewhere that there’s a road goes up from Dalias which has a good view point but it suggested that the road was closed during the winter months!

And any suggestions for an Aire/parking spot that way would be handy.

Thanks, Shawn
 
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Strange as it’s an area we keep away from having first seen them in 2006, Google earth will give you the best view.
we think it’ll bring a reality to us and hopefully when we are back in the UK we will think twice about buying something that has traveled so far just to give us cheap food.
 

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Here you are:

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But for how much longer? There are already issues over the water they need.

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If you travel down the east side of Spain and head to Almerimar you will pass loads of them and get a good feel for the area.

I cannot recommend a high up place though. Parking in the Harbour at Almerimar is a good stop if you’re in the area though with lots of eateries and a nice outlook to the bay, beach and distant hills. Great for watching kite surfing too.

One thing I would say though is check the weather forecast before you go, because if it’s windy you really feel it! There is alternative parking at the other end of the harbour which is more sheltered but without the view.
 
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Just drive down the motorway and you will see them for mile after mile after mile and the plastic factories to supply them every 20 miles or so apart. Not a pretty sight for sure but a very practical way to create something out of what would otherwise be waste land
 
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It’s a fantastic coast line along there though and once you get through the poly tunnels it’s a lovely place, lots of good camping at Roquetas de Mar and plenty of lovely beaches with good wild camping opportunities…. Northernraider was along there not long ago…😎
 

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I think there is a murder mystery series which i think was on Netflix which I think was called Plastico covering that whole area

And having checked I was nearly right "Mar de Plastico"

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I don't know why anyone would want to go see it but I also don't understand people's objections to it , it's only farms under cover. It's a dry area so the greenhouses are necessary.
 
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This link is an extract of the episode in which Simon Reeve did an article on this - it's worth digging out the whole episode to watch.
More disturbing is the use of illegal immigrants as slave labour in the greenhouses. See https://thetvdb.com/series/mediterranean-with-simon-reeve/episodes/6857484 for the episode synopsis.
A quick Google search should find a multitude of articles written about these appalling conditions (eg https://www.aljazeera.com/features/...ot-aware-we-are-slaves-inside-the-greenhouses).
Nothing is done, however, as the demand for cheap out of season fruit & veg for the Northern European markets is highly profitable. And that money buys silence..
 
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Anyone know what they actually grow in them..... one crop or multiple crops... thanks
A variety - cherry tomatoes, red, green, yellow peppers, cucumbers etc. If you look at the box in your local shop and it refers to EL Ejido or close then it's from down there. The likes of tesco, Aldi & Lidl have been driving the market prices down so aggressively that in recent years we've had farmers dumping hundreds of tons of veg in protest.
The whole thing is an absolute s5i7 storm, to be honest, with the sin papeles caught in the cross fire,with no health support, no passports, no way back and no way out apart from an early grave due to alcoholism, drugs or poisoning from the pesticides.
But no one gives a damn about them, as long as they can get cheap produce in the supermarket.
 
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We would like to go and see the vast area of polytunnels near Almería.

Can anyone suggest an area higher up that we could get an overview, I’ve read somewhere that there’s a road goes up from Dalias which has a good view point but it suggested that the road was closed during the winter months!

And any suggestions for an Aire/parking spot that way would be handy.

Thanks, Shawn
Go up to Tabernas and you can go up to the big radar stations along the ridge of mountains which look down over to Cabo De Gata😊
actually a lovely view although plastic is there🙄😊

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We would like to go and see the vast area of polytunnels near Almería.

Can anyone suggest an area higher up that we could get an overview, I’ve read somewhere that there’s a road goes up from Dalias which has a good view point but it suggested that the road was closed during the winter months!

And any suggestions for an Aire/parking spot that way would be handy.

Thanks, Shawn
Why….the Costas are bad at the best of times but this area is the pits imo.
 
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But for how much longer? There are already issues over the water they need.
Whilst they allow unregulated land reclamation, including making mountanous areas flat along with unregulated increased crop plantings , including high water requiring fruits , there is no chance of anything being done. they need to stop all that first
Anyone know what they actually grow in them..... one crop or multiple crops...
as said plus up here now they are tending to fence in peaches , nectarines ,etc, & cover with a mesh membrane & over the last few years 00's of 000's of acres around here have been levelled & planted with vines for eating grapes along with the steel frames & supporting wires all yet again covered with the breathable mesh roof to retain heat & force grow the product.

**Oh & to the OP the best view is from a window of a plane landing at Almeria airport.
 

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