The city of Almeria is located in south-eastern Spain; it is about two hours away from the city of Malaga. It is the driest city on the European continent. Its climate is desert, warmer and less rainy. Though one of the small cities in Spain it got a good share of wonderful places and exciting things to do in it. Almeria city is highly influenced by the Andalusian culture that everyone can easily observe. It’s natural and sunshine views clearly reflect its charming beauty. Almeria always fascinates its visitors because of the multiple things that one can do there, so here you will find the top 10 things to do in Almeria.
1. The Alcazaba of Almeria
The castle of Alcazaba is the second largest Islamic castle in Andalusia, after the Alhambra, although some of its parts have been destroyed and rebuilt it still a remarkable destination that is worth discovering as one of the most important landmarks in the city.
2. Almeria’s Wonderful Beaches
You will not have to go far to enjoy some relaxation time during your trip to Almeria you just pay its beaches a visit and there get the best of relief. You can also enjoy visiting the Cabo di Gata National Park to the east of the city.
3. Cabo di Gata
The city celebrates its splendid coastline with many different rocks and fishing villages that characterize the park. During your trip to Cabo di Gata National Park, we recommend you heading to the town of Nigar El Baida, which is famous for handcrafted pottery with textiles and ceramics where you buy some souvenirs for your friends and family. When you are hungry go for one of the traditional and delicious dishes in the area that are served by the restaurants there.
4. San Pedro
It is one of the bays of the small park “Cabo di Gata”, it has a cave of mud that makes its deep water ideal place for snorkelling. This place will not be accessible from the sea, but on foot.
5. Exclusive Restaurants
During your journey on Almeria you will have to romantically date one of the yummy dishes, for example try the Spanish Tortilla dish, which is a Spanish-style omelette, prepared from potatoes, eggs, onions and pepper and has a delicious and unique flavour that you should eat at breakfast, Also try the “Gazpacho” tomato soup, which is an Andalusian dish. It is considered as one of the most famous Spanish dishes. Do also taste the “Bella de Marsico”, a delicious dish made up of rice, fish and oysters, saffron and garlic prawns. Casa Sevilla is one of the restaurants that professionally serve these dishes.
6. La Chanca District
Is one of the most famous districts that has its proper colourful life. Here also you can take some souvenir gifts; especially handmade products by the local people in addition to the existence of kiosks selling food, the neighbourhood provides all the food products. If you adore shopping you can go on Monday to ramble around the beautiful market there.
7. Museum of Almeria
This museum is displayed on three floors; the exhibited items there are well described and ranged. They describe old times and through that description they bring those times to life again. The museum is really interesting.
8. The Cathedral of Almería
This beautiful Cathedral dates back to the 16th century. It is located in a quiet square surrounded by stunning palm trees in the heart of the old town. Built in Gothic and Renaissance styles during the mid-16th century, it is unique in Europe for being the only cathedral used for both defensive as well as religious purposes. The Catedral has recently been used as a location for filming in the classic Patton of World War II.
9. Old Train Station
If you are hitting the roads for Almeria by bus or train, you will enjoy looking at one the city’s most splendid buildings. The old railway station was opened at the end of the 19th century and is characterized by the iron and glass used in building it. The façade of the station looks architecturally attractive.
10. The Tabernas Desert
It is located about 30 km north of Almeria, this desert is distinguished by being a natural and wildlife area. It has different types of plants, some of which are rare, along with birds and fins, as well as different animals and the most beautiful desert features are beautiful rocks, Rain is a distinctive form in addition to grooves and valleys.