|• Mayor||Félix Mariano López Caparrós (PA)|
|• Total||58 km2 (22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||95 m (312 ft)|
|• Density||250/km2 ( 660/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Today Vera is one of the most important commercial centres in the region, with a thriving traditional core and a number of supermarkets and commercial organisations spread along the ring road. The earliest Carthaginian, Roman and Moorish settlement was at Baria, by the sea near Villaricos. But in the unsettled times of the early Middle Ages, the settlement was moved inland to the hill of Espiritu Santo, but a huge earthquake destroyed it in 1518. Following the earthquake it was rebuilt on the site it currently occupies, as a rectangular layout with eight towers and two gates. At the centre was the Parish Church of the Encarnación, built as a fortress to protect the village against pirates. In the late 19th century the town expanded due to mining activity in the region, but it subsequently declined until its recent development as a tourist centre.
Vera itself lies approximately 10 kilometers inland from the coast, but the municipality extends to the sea shore. There, a tourist settlement, named Vera Playa, has been developed. This now forms the main economic activity of Vera.
Since 1990, Vera Playa has developed into an important centre for naturism. There are several apartment complexes, including Natsun, La Manera, Bahia de Vera and Vera Natura, where naturism is officially permitted. The naturist complex is completely open and there are good parking facilities. About two kilometers of beach have been reserved for naturists. The only naturist hotel in Spain, the Vera Playa Club Hotel, is also located in Vera Playa.
On the morning of 28th September 2012 a Flash flood came through and devastated the local area killing 4 people
|Source: INE (Spain)|
- (Spanish) Vera - Sistema de Información Multiterritorial de Andalucía
- (Spanish) Vera - Diputación Provincial de Almería
- (English) Vera - Vera town information.
- (English) - naturist zone information website
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