Almeria is one of the most unspoilt tourist destinations in Spain, with wonderful beaches, mouth-watering food and amazing architecture awaiting travellers. The city is continuing to grow as new attractions arrive and now is a more exciting time than ever before to pay it a visit.
While many people understand the appeal of Madrid and Barcelona, this south-eastern province is making a name for itself with its phenomenal cultural attractions and supreme hospitality. Whether you’re looking for a stylish break in the sun, or interested in learning more about Spain’s long history, here are four things tourists definitely need to check out:
This monument was founded in the 10th century and acted as one of the country’s most powerful fortresses. It is split into three compounds, the Primer Recinto, Segundo Recinto and Tercer Recinto.
In the Primer Recinto, visitors can see some beautiful gardens that were once used as refuge for the public when the area was under attack. There are also great views of the Muralla de Jayran and the sublime coastline. On the other hand, the Segundo Recinto was previously used to house Moorish kings when they visited the city, featuring luxury baths, an extravagant palace and several homes. The ruins of these still remain today.
Last but not least, the Tercer Recinto is now a citadel after a request by Catholic monarchs in 1489 and was adapted to combat new battle methods of the time. It overlooks Almeria and provides extraordinary views.
2. The Museum of Almeria
The Museum of Almeria boasts a stunning collection of artefacts from the Middle Palaeolithic Era to the present day. Many of the works have been found at archaeological sites, with items ranging from weapons to pottery and costumes.
It has collected several awards over the years, including accolades from PAD and ARCO in 2004 and received an honourable mention in the European Museum of the Year Contest in 2008. After moving to a new site built by Ignacio García Pedrosa and Ángela García de Paredes in 2006, it has continued to attract visitors from all over Europe.
The permanent exhibition is based on the first and second floors of the building and focuses on the Millares society. A lot of the collection looks at the history of war and retail in the region, though there are also items related to the everyday life of residents from the time period.
3. Almeria Cathedral
Built in Gothic and Renaissance styles in the 1500s, the Almeria Cathedral is a stunning architectural achievement and is the seat of the Diocese of Almeria. Construction began in 1524 to replace a previous structure that was destroyed by an earthquake and its final bell was installed in 1805.
Within the chapel behind the main altar is the tomb of the development’s founder Bishop Villalan, which was made by Juan de Orea. The cathedral’s unique appearance is due to the threat of pirates, with cannons and armory both stored in its towers to protect the city.
Visiting this marvellous building gives travellers an intriguing look at the city’s past and it’s in close proximity to Parque Nicolas Salmeron, where you can take a tour of some stunning landscaped gardens.
4. Nijar Natural Park
As the only area of Europe with a genuine hot desert climate, Nijar Natural Park is a protected area with picturesque cliffs and tranquil white beaches.
Some of the activities available here include diving and boat excursions, bird-watching and delightful scenic walks. What’s more, there are many arts and crafts sold throughout the region, allowing tourists to learn about the area’s fascinating culture.
The park’s ecology is particularly unique, as it does not experience a winter season and is isolated from other towns and cities. There are also more than 1,000 autochthonous flora species in Nijar, along with a host of marine, steppe and salt marsh birds.