Almeria is a small city in the southern Spanish region of Andalucía. Its history dates back to times when there was a strong Arabic influence – the city’s name means ‘Mirror of the Sea’ and many monuments to the past remain. The average annual temperature here is 20°C, while there’s nearly 3,500 hours of sunshine a year, making it a popular place with sun-seekers.
Lying on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Almeria is near the beaches of Las Salinas and La Almadrava de Montevela. It’s also within close proximity of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata Nijar, which sits on a dormant volcano which overlooks Almeria itself. If you like spending time outdoors, Almeria is the place for you!
While the roads can be narrow dictating that drivers are ill-advised to drive a large car, the state of the roads can mean that drivers will come across potholes requiring a slightly larger car.
The Museo del Aceite de Oliva (Olive Oil Museum) pays testament to the region’s production of the region’s most famous culinary export and, if you’re a little hungry, it’s just the place for you to work up an appetite before lunch!
Intriguingly, Almeria is also home to the John Lennon Monument, a major site of pilgrimage for all Beatles fans. He often visited the city and was personally responsible for the spread of Beatlemania in Spain.
In the centre of Almeria, the Mercado Central is a great place to pick up a bargain or two. You can buy clothes, jewellery, spices and general souvenirs for a small price and, in the middle of the city you’re never too far away from a restaurant or café.
The Alcazaba, a medieval fortress first erected in the 10th century, is home to a number of buildings which have a strong Muslim influence. It’s a great place to take a few photos and get a flavour of how deep Almeria’s history runs.
In summer, the temperatures in Almeria can sometimes exceed 40°C, so make sure that you keep hydrated at all times when outside.
The tourist information office in Almeria is open daily. You can find it at Parque Nicolas Salmeron near Calle Nicolas Salmeron.
Locals in Almeria are seen as being very friendly. Crime is also lower here than in other parts of the Andalucía region.
Almeria Airport is located 5.6 miles east of the city centre. It‚Äôs easily accessible from the A7 Motorway, linking it with the city of Almeria as well as other major cities in Andaluc√≠a. To reach the A7, you need to go along the AL-17 dual carriageway road.
Flights are available here to and from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Leeds-Bradford, East Midlands, Manchester and London Stansted airports. Flights are also available to many major airports in Spain including Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, as well as seasonal flights to Prague, Brussels and Amsterdam.