The furthest East of the Andalusian capitals, Almería dominates a coastline of untouched beaches and desert-like land. As it was one of the most important ports during the time of the Califato Reign in Córdoba, this Mediterranean town has an Alcazaba (Arabic palace) and a Cathedral. Narrow streets and whitewashed facades form the panorama of Almería’s historic old town.
On top of history and culture, Almería offers beaches, natural parks, both mountain and marine (Parque Natural Cabo de Gata) and top cuisine, all of which will make this an unforgettable trip.
Almería is a important port receiving boats and cruise ships from various countries, as well as it’s regular links with the ports of Melilla, Nador (Morocco) and Ghazaouet (Algeria) in the North African coast.
Almería was formed out of the Arabs’ need for defences. It was Adberramán III who founded the Alcazaba which gave the city it’s name; the Al-Mariy-yat Alcazaba (the watch tower). It was the second largest fortress created by the Muslims in Spain and contained mosques and palaces within it’s triple thickness walls. During this period (the X Century) Almería was the main commercial port of Córdoba’s Califato Reign and there were more than 10,000 looms working in the city.
On top of San Cristóbal Hill you will find the walls of Hayrán, their construction goes back to the time of the Taifa Kings. Next to this is the Desert Fauna Rescue Centre. The views of the old town and the port from here are exceptional.
Almería’s Cathedral is another must-see. This large structure sits right in the middle of the old town. Endowed with towers, battlements thick walls, it looks more like a fortress than a church. This particular design is due to the coastal town’s need to fight off continual pirate attacks.
There are other interesting churches scattered about the streets in the centre of town, for example the Santiago el Viejo Church in the commercial street Calle de las Tiendas, whose main features are it’s plateresque façade and slim 50 metre high tower.