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Almeria is located on the south eastern coast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the country's most charming destinations. Alongside the regions wonderful beaches and coastline, the city also contains some of Spain's most fascinating attractions and monuments. Despite its seemingly low key profile on the world stage, Almeria has played a starring role in some of popular culture's most famous films. The city's unique landscape caught the eye of film directors during the 20th century and became a popular shooting location for Hollywood's many Spaghetti Western movies. Almeria also has a fascinating background and heritage, boasting a selection of historic structures and a prestigious wine culture. Almeria is known as a city of surprises and is a fantastic cruise destination.
The city is packed with riveting excursions and activities to occupy and entertain all kinds of visitors. The region's pristine beaches are the perfect location to relax and soak up the sun, or alternatively, take a dip in the clean ocean waters. Almeria is also a brilliant place to go hiking, despite the area's arid desert climate. The city and its surrounding regions contain stunning scenery ranging from scorched barren landscapes to green forests full of flora and fauna. Wine connoisseurs should consider taking part in a wine tour at Alpujarra of Almeria, where visitors can get involved with wine tasting and learn more about the city's wine culture. Other essential sight-seeing opportunities include:
Almeria's unique and enigmatic natural landscape attracted many film directors during the 20th century and was the location for classic films including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Almeria's Mini-Hollywood currently consists of three separate locations, Oasys Theme Park, Fort Bravo and Western Leone, some of which are still used as film locations to this day. The attractions are all open to the public and are therefore a fascinating excursion for visitors to the city.
The city's majestic medieval fortress, The Alcazaba was constructed during the 10th century. The castle's wonderful interior and beautiful gardens are both open to the public.
Natural Park Cabo de Gata-Nijar
As one of Spain's most striking natural parks, Cabo de Gata-Nijar is a firm favourite amongst tourists and locals. The park contains an abundance of exquisite beaches and stunning coves as well as being the location for many famous films over the years.
Around the historic areas of Almeria, a variety of local shops and stalls can be found selling a range of authentic Spanish fabrics and ceramics. The Mercado Central is a great place to find edibles items, whereas the areas of Calle de los Reyes Catolicas and Paseo de Almeria contains shops selling books, clothes and shoes.
The Province of Almeria is often referred to as Europe's food-store, and this title is reflected in the range of cuisine on offer throughout the city. From tapas restaurants serving local Spanish cuisine to international establishments with menu's varying between Indian, Mexican and other dishes from across the world. The city also has a range of well-known fast food outlets for visitors looking to pick up a quick and easy meal.
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