"Historic City of Almeria" Top 5 Page for this destination Almería by Beach_dog

Almería Travel Guide: 141 reviews and 328 photos

Almeria is a fairly modern city and port in the east of Andalucia. The city is dominated by the Alcazaba, built in the 11th century when Almeria was an independent kingdom, and one of the most commercially active and weathiest districts in Spain. The citadel once housed a palace, immence gardens and some 20,000 people. Once it was reputed to rival Granada in grandeur, but time has taken its toll on the Alcazada, the last of the stuccowork was supposedly sold off by locals in the 18th. century. From the Alcazaba's hilltop location, good views of the coast are visible.

Another point of interest is the cities fortified cathedral, which was built in the 16th century when this coast was plagued by Turkish and Barbary pirates. Its corner towers once housed cannons for the defence of the populace that ran here for security during the raids.

Twenty kilometers north of Almeria, you will find Los Millares, a 4000 year old settlement, protected by strong walls.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of history, off the normal tourist route.
  • Cons:Beaches locally not great but travel a few miles to Cabo de Gata, for some of Spain´s best.
  • Last visit to Almería: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated Mar 27, 2004
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Hey Stace. Looking forward to those tappas too!! :o) Thanks for the hotel tip....I've saved it. Hugs Ann xx

  • sylvie-uk's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2004 at 9:18 AM

    good page

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2004 at 6:10 AM

    The Alcazaba and the Cathedral look beautiful. Such detailed info Stace, well done.

  • diageva's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2004 at 3:17 PM

    What I like most of Almeria is the cave houses that still are around Almeria's Alcazaba... and its true... Almeria's beaches are some of the Spain's best ...

  • FOotFetish's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2003 at 7:13 AM

    Wooo, Cool Almeria pages.Thanks for sharing :> I like your sister's joke about having u being spat out from shark's mouth.*LOL*catch ya soon!

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2003 at 1:56 AM

    looks great, have to visit andalucia one day

  • Carmela71's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2003 at 2:26 AM

    Love Almeria, great page, willing to see more!!!! maybe next summer? lol

  • binnie's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2003 at 2:01 PM

    Visiting Mojacar in Sept.

  • Mar 1, 2003 at 3:26 AM

    Hi Stace,
    great pictures of the Alcazaba. Exactly like I remember it... :-)
    It awakes holiday feelings...

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2003 at 1:33 PM

    U R getting to know Andalucia better than me, Stacy! Excellent tips and good links ;-)

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