I am going to have to visit this area myself in March, when I am back in Spain, because a lot of the comments made on this site are so negative. It’s just not the Spain I see when I visit.
Granted I live in the UK with my Spanish wife and own a property in Almerimar, Almeria. My wife parents live in Berja and with other family members living in Almerimar. There is obviously crime but I don’t see it or hear of it. There are absolutely no English or German people in Almerimar (ok a few on holiday) and building construction is obviously seen, but not a skyline of Cranes, unike Madrid where 5 years ago a 20 km trip along the motorway to the airport was lined with cranes like blackpool illuminations.