El Ejido occupies an area of 240 km2, with approximately 27 kms of Mediterranean beaches. Some are embedded in the environment of the Natural Park of Punta Entinas and others are more easily accessed from Almerimar. The town is also close to the Sierra de Gador which gives a stable climate with an average daytime temperature of 27 º C in summer and 15 º C in winter, with 3000 hours of sunshine a year.
The municipality includes the following towns: El Ejido, Almerimar, Balerma, Guardias Viejas, Las Norias de Daza, Matagorda, Pampanico, San Agustin, Santa María del Aguila and Tarambana.
It is known as one of the wealthiest municipalities in Spain due to the agriculture. Crops are grown all year round in greenhouses and exported all over the world. It is for this reason that it is often called the “Garden of Europe”.
Another important source of income is tourism. Being so close to the rural areas as well as the beach means that El Ejido has something for everyone. The town of El Ejido has a good hotel and restaurant network as well as numerous tapas bars where you can enjoy a wide range of dishes. There is a large department store and a shopping centre as well as all the amenities you would expect from a large town.
There is an annual theatre festival which has been going for many years and brings international stars and groups to the town. The festival attracts a lot of interest and although this is for a short period, throughout the year you will find different cultural events which cater to all tastes.
There is a golf-course (designed by Gary Player), water sports centre (with the olympic rowing canal), and a small port for those interested in sailing in Almerimar. And of course, being so close to the mountains means it is easy to find interesting routes for cycling or hiking. We are also close to Granada and the Sierra Nevada for those who love skiing in the winter months.