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Travelling the most eastern province of Andalusia

We spent a long time thinking about the easiest and most concise way to get all the tourist attractions in Andalusia’s province of Almería onto one list. In the end, we mentally sat down in the car and just drove on and on while writing. In this way, we at least managed not to forget anything that lay on the way 🙂 Reading about all the things to do in Almería in one go, however, resulted in a rather extensive e-book with 37 pages – and that was only the rough draft without pictures 🙂. The complete edition will be available for you to download here soon. But for now, here is an overview of everything you might want to visit in the province of Almería and to make it less “overwhelming”, we added a simple clickable table of contents.
  • The Cabo de Gata/Nijar Nature Park
  • Cortijo del Fraile
    • Cortijo del Fraile as a film location
    • Cortijo del Fraile and the Blood Wedding
  • La Ruta de las Minas de Rodalquilar
  • The villages of Cabo de Gata
    • Agua Amarga
    • Carboneras
    • La Isleta de Moro
    • Las Negras
    • Mesa de Roldán
    • Mirador de la Amatista
    • Nijar
    • Rodalquilar
    • San José
    • San Miguel de Cabo de Gata
  • The beaches of Cabo de Gata
    • Arrecife de las Sirenas
    • Cala de Enmedio
    • Cala de San Pedro
    • Cala del Plomo
    • Playa de las Salinas
    • Playa de los Escullos
    • Playa de Los Genoveses
    • Playa de los Muertos
    • Playa de Monsul
    • Playa del Playazo
  • Castillo del Marqués de los Vélez, Cuevas de Almanzora
  • Castillo de Gérgal
  • Castillo in San Juan de los Terreros
  • Castillo de Séron
  • Castillo de Vélez Blanco
  • Iglesia de la Anunciación, Séron
  • Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, Vélez Rubio
  • Los Millares
  • Necrópolis Fenicia de Villaricos
  • Archaeological Museum Vélez Rubio
  • The Tabernas Desert
  • The main Western villages in Almería
  • Fort Bravo
  • Oasys – Mini Hollywood
  • Western Leone
  • Cortijo del Fraile
  • Playa de Monsul
  • Las Menas de Serón
  • La Ruta de las Minas de Rodalquilar
  • Lucainena de las Torres
  • Marble from Macael
  • The Geode of Pulpí
  • Mojácar
  • The most beautiful white village in Almería
  • The history
  • Discover Walt Disney’s birthplace
  • Places of interest in Mojácar
  • The beaches of Mojácar
  • The museums of Almería
  • Museum Miguel Guirao
  • Calar Alto Observatory
  • The Geode of Pulpí
  • Las Menas de Serón
  • Cueva de Ambrosio y Cueva de los Letreros
  • Cuevas de Sorbas
  • The Tabernas Desert
  • The Cabo de Gata/Nijar Nature Park
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  • The Tabernas Desert
  • Origins and geology
  • Flora and Fauna
  • The desert as a film location
  • The main Western villages in Almería
  • Fort Bravo
  • Oasys – Mini Hollywood
  • Western Leone
… or more detailed on our blogpost “The Desert of Tabernas: A perfect day trip in Almería”

Calar Alto Observatory

Almería, the capital of the province​

Almería has a lot to offer as a city. There are, of course, many markets and also a large Mercado Central, where you can find just about everything that makes your gourmet heart beat faster. Once you’ve seen the selection of fresh fish, you won’t be happy in your home country again :-).

There is a well-known jazz festival and, in general, Almería is very hip musically. Almería is home to many jazz musicians, flamenco musicians, singers and dancers, and the world’s greatest musical export, David Bisbal, is also a native of Almería. He is the only but also the best ambassador of our province that we can imagine. He lives Almería with every fibre.

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view on the Alcazaba in Almería

The Alcazaba de Almería

Almería’s most important attraction is and remains the Alcazaba, towering high above the city and clearly visible from everywhere. The name is derived from the Arabic al-qasbah, a fortress located inside or outside a city. Construction of the Alcazaba began in 955 and it was the seat of the local government. The fortress was also intended to serve as protection for the inhabitants in case of danger. Therefore, houses, squares and a mosque were built within the defensive walls and towers of the fortress.

the cathedral of almeria

The Cathedral of Almería

Of course, there are also countless beautiful churches in Almería and, as befits a Catholic country, a special and fascinating cathedral. Until the 1520s, a mosque stood right here, which fell victim to an earthquake. The construction of the cathedral on this spot took a whole 40 years. And if you are surprised that the cathedral’s construction reminds you of a fortress, let me tell you that this is not by chance. The cathedral was intended to protect against pirate attacks.

Los Refugios de la Guerra Civil

Another special feature of Almería are the “Refugios de la Guerra Civil”. This is a bunker complex that was dug under today’s Paseo de Almería, the main shopping street, during the Civil War to protect against air raids. During the civil war, up to 40,000 inhabitants could seek shelter here and there was both a food station and an infirmary for medical care. In the period 1936-1939 alone, there were 52 bombing raids with more than 750 bombs.

Aires de Almería

A cultural asset handed down by the Moors can be found in the Aires de Almería, a traditional Arab bath where you can spend a great day in a luxurious atmosphere. It was built on the site of the Arab souks in Moorish times.

arabic tiles
arabische Zisterne

Aljibes Árabes de Jairán

The Arab cisterns are a masterpiece of Andalusian hydraulic engineering in Almería. They were built in the 11th century by order of King Jairán. They were part of the water network that was created to supply the population via public springs and wells and, of course, the troops. Unlike public buildings and institutions, private houses were not connected to the network at that time. King Jairán was the first king of the independent kingdom of Almería. Under his reign (between 1012 and 1028), Almería experienced economic prosperity. The city grew rapidly and Jairán strengthened the fortress and the walls of the city. It was also Jairán who ordered the creation of a water conduit from the springs of Alhadra and the cistern outside the walls of the walled city. He placed its construction under the rule of his successor Zuhaír (1028-1038). Traditionally, however, they are known as Aljibes de Jairán (Cistern of Jairán). The stored water volume was 630,000 l, an amount sufficient to supply a city of 30,000 inhabitants – even during a long siege. This building was extended in the time of King Ibn Sumadih with a new canalisation that reached the Aljama Mosque and supplied the rest of the city. I have to grin a bit – how small cities were back then…
castillo de san cristobal

The Castillo de San Cristobal

Just opposite the Alcazaba, on the next hill, the Cerro de San Cristobal, lies the Castillo de San Cristobal. The hill is surrounded by the ruins of a fortress wall from the 11th century (Jairán sends his regards). The wall in turn contains several fortress towers to demonstrate its military dominance. What is striking here is that of the seven existing fortress towers, three are square and were designed by Muslim architects. The other four are semicircular: they were built after the first Christian Reconquista (reconquest) by Alfonso VII in 1147.

The Castillo de San Cristobal, originally a Muslim military fortress, is now protected as a cultural monument.

The Alcazaba de Almería

Almería’s most important attraction is and remains the Alcazaba, towering high above the city and clearly visible from everywhere. The name is derived from the Arabic al-qasbah, a fortress located inside or outside a city. Construction of the Alcazaba began in 955 and it was the seat of the local government. The fortress was also intended to serve as protection for the inhabitants in case of danger. Therefore, houses, squares and a mosque were built within the defensive walls and towers of the fortress.

view on the Alcazaba in Almería
stawberryfields for ever

What was John Lennon doing in Almería?

Another highlight is the bronze statue of John Lennon, which reminds us of those times in 1966 when John Lennon filmed the film “How I won the war” in Almería and also wrote the song “Strawberry Fields Forever”. At that time, he lived in the house that now houses the Film Museum.

El Cable Inglés

In the port of Almería you will find another special feature: El Cargadero de Mineral or the English Cable. This loading station is located on the Playa de las Almadrabillas. El Cable Inglés” takes its name from its original owner, the British mining company “The Alquife Mines Railway Ltd”. Construction began in 1902 and is a masterpiece of early 20th century iron architecture. It consists of two parts: the entrance connecting the railway station to the pier, and the pier itself, through which trains could be unloaded directly into the hold of the ships. Its access begins at the railway terminal, the central part of which rests on stone pillars in large arches separated by metal pieces on the base of large iron beams. In 1998 it was declared of cultural interest for its historical, symbolic and aesthetic values.
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