Almeria dominates a coastline sprinkled with virgin beaches, unexplored coves and an interior with semi deserted ecosystem. It was an important trading port in Caliphate of Cordoba, and has a citadel and cathedral on the Mediterranean shores. The village stretches from the citadel to the Mediterranean. Its picturesque historic quarters feature narrow lanes with whitewashed facades.
In addition to its rich history and culture, Almeria boasts beaches, natural reserves and mountain.
Here you may literally travel back in time, slow down and relax.
A Little Bit of History
This region has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and some ancient caves with paintings on the walls still exist.
Cabo de Gata Natural Park, Almeria
Los Millares, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Iberians, the Carthagianians and the Moors were some of the rulers of the city. Eventually it fell into the hands of the Spanish ‘Reyes Catolicos’.
Your visit to this city will give you the chance to visit the remains from all these periods.
Mojacar Village close to the port city
The city got its name, Al-Mariy-yat, which means ‘the watchtower’, from the citadel built by Abd-al-Rahman III, in the tenth century.
This is the largest Arab fortress in Spain and within its triple walls it housed palaces and mosques. During this period, this port city was the major commercial centre.
Almeria has 3,127 hours of daylight a year and it is the lightest province in Spain. It’s warm temperature has contributed to its economy in 2 ways – agriculture and tourism.
Alcazaba Fortress above the port
The mountainous territory around the port city was used to film Spaghetti Westerns in the 70s.
Almeria celebrates the main fair in honor of Our Lady of the Sea, Carnival, Easter Week, Night in honor of Saint John, International Festival of Short Films and Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music.
It’s also popular for its pottery and wickerwork.
Where is Almeria?
- 100.6 miles/ 162 km from Granada, Spain
- 339.2 miles/ 546 km from Madrid, Spain
- 119.9 miles/ 193 km from Cartagena, Spain
- 274.6 miles/ 442 km from Valencia, Spain
- 137.9 miles/ 222 km from Murcia, Spain
- 497 miles/ 800 km from Barcelona, Spain
- 6.4 miles/ 10.4 km from Almeria Airport, Spain
- 139.1 miles/ 224 km from Nador International Airport, Morocco
- 136 miles/ 219 km from Malaga Airport, Spain
Things to See
- Walls of Hayran
- Almeria Museum
- Santiago the Elder Church
- San Pedro Church
- Museum Art Centre
- Nicolas Salmeron Park
- Oasys Theme Park
- Cabo de Gata
- El Retamar
- San Miguel de Cabo de Gata
- San Miguel
- Playa de los Muertos
- Monsul Beach
- Cala San Pedro, Cala de Enmedio, Cala Raja and Cala Carbon
- Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park
- Bird Watching
This unique destination is both a historical and modern city. Its Al-Andalus legacy can be seen everywhere, in the surrounding villages and in its gastronomy.
It is the ideal hideaway for people who are looking for unspoiled nature, plenty of sun and adventure.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!