Almeria is an amazing destination on the eastern edge of Andalusia, home to some of Spain's best-unspoiled beaches, and perfect for those seeking authenticity and a less crowded place along the Mediterranean coast, with Arabic architecture right next to industrial, sometimes a little rusty, landscapes.
The Costa Almeria coastline has some of the most pristine beaches in Spain, particularly the wild and rugged beaches of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Other popular coastal towns with large, wide beaches and a variety of activities are Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar.
Almeria is a city for those who want to get away from city life while also experiencing the atmosphere of a Spanish town on the Mediterranean coast. Almeria was a former Moorish stronghold, and much of the city's architecture and culture reflect this. Almeria's Alcazaba is a fortress that towers above the city and provides spectacular views of the sea and the city. It is completely free to visit and well worth the climb up the hill. It is the largest of the Moorish fortresses built in Al Andalus, having been built in 955.
A place where you can hear rough Andalusian Spanish and sample delicious tapas in local bars. The Almeria region is known as Europe's greenhouse, particularly in El Ejido, where a wide variety of high-quality fruits and vegetables, such as peppers, are grown in massive greenhouses and exported throughout Europe.
Almeria is a port city that overlooks the sea. The Alcazaba, an imposing fortress, towers above the city. Wonderful views of the city and the Costa Almeria coastline are guaranteed from this vantage point.
The Almeria Cathedral, located in the city center, is a striking structure that was built with very few windows due to the threat of invading forces. Jabega, a refreshing drink popular among locals, is served at Kiosco Amalia (close to Puerta Purchena). This lemon ice drink contains alcohol.
This lemon ice drink contains alcohol. The bar is located on the street. The Americano, a short milky drink with cinnamon, lemon rind, and a dash of cola cream liquor, is another popular drink.
Tapas are a popular local dish in Almeria. Explore the charming streets and learn about yourself. Parrilla Pasaje is a restaurant in the center. This bar created the popular "Cherigan," an Almerian toasted sandwich that is served in many bars throughout the city. The name Cherigan is derived from the word "Sheriff," possibly from the Westerns filmed in the nearby Tabernas desert. The original Cherigan can be found at C/Rueda Lopez, 1.
For those interested in history, the underground Spanish Civil War shelters - Los Refugios - provide a fascinating glimpse into wartime Spain. These tunnels beneath the city took three years to build and are one of Europe's best examples of wartime shelters at four kilometers in length. Plaza Manuel Perez Garcia serves as the entrance. (Mondays are closed.)
Pay a visit to Plaza Vieja's Centro de Interpretacion Patrimonial. The views from the rooftops are breathtaking. (Free admission; closed on Mondays)
El Paseo de Almeria in Almeria has a good selection of shops.
Because of Almeria's Moorish influence, there are many Moroccan restaurants to try. Aljama on Calle Jovellanos is an absolute must-see. The Hotel Cathedral is an excellent choice for a central Almeria hotel. Non-residents are welcome to visit the modern bar in the evening for tapas or in the morning for coffee and toast with views of Cathedral square.
Hotel CostaSol at Paseo de Almeria 58 is centrally located and offers a wide range of food all day. Plaza Vieja Hotel is an upmarket boutique-style hotel located in a typical square, close to the Cathedral but away from the noise.
If you have a sweet tooth, El Capri and Dulce Alianza are two popular cake shops that serve local pastries. La Dulce Alianza has been in operation since 1888 and is located at 4 Paseo de Almeria. El Capri is located at Calle Navarro Rodrigo 21, and their signature dish is the Glaseado cake.
The spectacular Tabernas desert is located to the north of Almeria. Because of its unique landscape, many Hollywood films have been shot here. There is a Mini Hollywood Theme Park in Tabernas where film sets from the 1960s still exist, and cowboys act out western scenes every day. Mini Hollywood is only 20 miles from Almeria.
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Mojacar is a picturesque mountain village with traditional whitewashed walls from yesteryear. Your round-trip journey to this lofty settlement includes two completely different routes, passing through ever-changing countryside and stunning coastal views. Windstar Cruises provides an excellent tour to Mojacar Mountain. Your 2-hour stay allows you to explore the maze of winding streets, browse the inviting shops, visit the fortified church, and take in the spectacular views. Village You'll drive through mountainous terrain and the golden Tabernas Desert before arriving in Mojacar, where flat-topped houses and whitewashed walls crowd together high above the Mediterranean.
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THE ALCAZABA OF ALMERÍA
The Alcazaba is one of Almera's most famous and visited attractions. And rightly so. This was by far my favorite thing to do in Almeria.The beautiful city of Almeria was named after the citadel. The name Al-Mariah is derived from the Arabic word -watchtower. The name Alcazaba is derived from another Arabic word al-qasbah, which means a fortified city inside a city. The Alcazaba dominates the Almeria skyline and can be seen from anywhere in the city. As a result, it is quite simple to locate. Fortunately for us, tourists, the Alcazaba of Almeria can be not only seen but also visited. While Granada's Alhambra is more well-known, Almeria's Alcazaba is the largest Muslim fortress in both Spain and Europe. The Alhambra is larger, but it is regarded as a palace rather than a fortress. Plus, visiting this amazing historic site is free for EU citizens, and there were no cues even on a beautiful sunny Sunday! When compared to the hassle of ordering tickets and the hordes of tourists at Granada's Alhambra, the Alcazaba of Almeria may move up a few spots on your list.
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Air raid shelters (or refugios) - Almera was bombed from the sky and the sea up to 52 times during the Spanish Civil War. As a result, the city constructed air raid shelters to protect approximately 40,000 civilians. These shelters are more than 4.5 kilometres long, and they even saved the people of Almera when the Nazis bombed them in 1937. The shelters are now open to the public, but guided tours are only available in Spanish. The entrance fee is €3.
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CABO DE GATA
Visiting Cabo de Gata National Park is a must-do in the area! We stayed in the park for three nights and the beaches and mountains were breathtaking. There are numerous beaches and charming villages to visit. Readtravelingtrip to Cabo de Gata here, and about camping opportunities here. The Tabernas desert is a semi-desert area with rocky and sandy terrain near Almeria. Many wild western films were shot there, and you can visit the locations.
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Mini Hollywood, located approximately 370 kilometers from San Antonio de Almeria west , is a theme park with numerous entertainments for the whole family.It has cowboy-themed attractions such as mock shootouts and a saloon with can-can dancers. The park also includes a zoological park and an aquatic zone.In addition, the park contains working sets for over hundred films from the 90's. Mini Hollywood is set on a former movie set where films such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly were shot. The park offers attractions such as a Wild West gunfight simulation twice a day. It also has a museum where visitors can view posters and film equipment.
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BEACH PLAYA ZAPILLO
Along with more adventurous activities, the city of Almeria has a number of relaxing attractions. Playa Zapillo is a beautiful and relaxing beach in Almeria. There are outdoor restaurants where you can eat while admiring the beautiful beach. The contrast between the brightly coloured buildings and the Mediterranean Sea is stunning. If you want to visit more than one beach, there are others just outside of Almeria.
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CABO DE GATA NATURAL PARK
If you enjoy the outdoors, you should spend a day at Cabo de Gata Natural Park. You can take an 8-hour tour to fully appreciate the beauty of Cabo de Gata. The tour includes a coach ride along the Mediterranean coast. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Visitors can see the Siren Cliffs, as well as the beautiful ocean landscapes and fishing villages. This is most likely the most diverse and exciting activity in Almeria.