Almeria, the land of the good life
Almeria is a land of good living. Those who have visited it know this. Much of the "blame" for this leisurely, cheerful and relaxed way of life that the people of Almeria exude, is due to their contact with the sea.
The capital's thousand-year history translates into a rich heritage: monuments, churches and Arab roots make it a city of charm.
The Alcazaba, towering high above the city, will welcome you with open arms. Did you know that its 1,430 metres of walled perimeter make it one of the largest Muslim constructions in Spain? It is only surpassed by the Alhambra in Granada. As we were saying, impressive.
Perched on a hill, it looks as if it wants to keep scanning the horizon and watching over the city, especially its Medina. Stroll through its landscaped area with cisterns from the Muslim period or, better still, visit it illuminated at night... It's quite a spectacle!
And this is a city with a lot to offer. The capital is also an ideal place to discover an effervescent gastronomy, always looking towards the Mediterranean and with the best products from the garden. Spoon dishes, such as migas, are very popular. And what can we say about the tapas you'll find in the bars and restaurants in the centre of Almería?
The city holds many more secrets. An example? The House of Cinema. It makes perfect sense when you consider that this province has been the setting for numerous film shoots.
Yes, you read correctly. The Tabernas desert has served as a backdrop for many famous films, especially westerns. Are you familiar with 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' and 'A Fistful of Dollars'? Well their locations have an Andalusian accent. Of Almería, to be specific.
But don't leave the city yet. Return to it. Don't miss its Cathedral and pay attention because, from time to time, you will hear big names being called out. Federico García Lorca's will be one of them. His time in the province inspired him to write 'Bodas de sangre'.
Almeria may be a land of muses. Even John Lennon checked it out. He came and stayed. For one season. Here he composed 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.
Do as they do: come and stay. Our Sercotel Gran Fama hotel, located in the city centre, is the perfect accommodation to have everything at hand and make the most of your trip.
Cabo de Gata, the Natural Park of Almeria that you have to discover
Nature and Almería go hand in hand. The province serves as a backdrop for those who long for days of sunshine and calm. The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is located about 20 km from the capital and is the largest protected area of ecological importance in the whole of the Mediterranean.
Inside the park you have as much as you want to see. From the wildest and most unspoilt beaches such as Playa de los Muertos, Genoveses, Playazo de Rodalquilar, Las Negras or Isleta del Moro; to charming villages such as San José, Agua Amarga, Mojácar and Carboneras.
Undoubtedly, there are mythical places in this natural space that you cannot miss: such as the salt flats, the Torreón de San Miguel, the Cabo de Gata lighthouse and the reef of Las Sirenas.
If you are one of those who enjoy walking, the park has numerous trails that run through it.
Beyond Cabo de Gata and Almería city, the province also hides natural treasures such as the Alpujarra, the giant geode of Pulpí, one of the most spectacular discovered to date, as well as other charming coastal towns such as Roquetas de Mar or Aguadulce. The most difficult thing here will be for you to make your mind up.