Almería is Spain’s sunniest city and is right on the Mediterranean at the eastern edge of Andalusia. The rural landscapes around Almería are arid and dusty, and this is part of the fun of the place: Europe’s only real desert is here, and was chosen as a shooting location for several spaghetti westerns in the 60s and 70s.
You can venture out into the wild at Tabernas or the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, or relax on a different kind of sand at one of the many Blue Flag beaches minutes from the city. In the centre you can stride along the ramparts at a vast Islamic fortress, try proper Andalusian tapas and go underground to see the city’s Civil War bunkers.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Almería:
1. La Alcazaba
The walls and towers that guardthe slopes above Almería are part of Europe’s largest Muslim castle.
It was built during the 10th century by Abd-ar-Rahman III, the Caliph of Cordoba.
At this time Almería was one of Spain’s main trading hubs, and merchants from as far afield as Syria would call in.
La Alcazaba was originally a citadel, so you’ll see where Muslim soldiers and their servants would have lived.
The inner enclosure was served by a system of cisterns in case of sieges, and these are still intact to this day.
Also part of the complex is a later Christian fortress, built to withstand artillery at the advent of gunpowder.