and what to do while you're there Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Situated on the southern coast of Spain's Andalucia region, nestled by the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Almeria's dramatic landscape has long been the location of choice for film directors the world over.
The province enjoys some of the driest weather in Europe with long, hot summers and short mild winters, and provides a heady mix of Spanish culture and Arabic influences.Must sees for free: For views over the city and coastline and an discount on oakley sunglasses introduction to Almeria's Arabic origins, visit the Alcazaba, Spain's oldest Muslim fortress, dating back to 955 AD. Explore the nearby medina, the walled part of the city and meander through its beautifully preserved labyrinthine streets. Street markets are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, selling everything from fish and olives to shoes and leather goods.With more than 100 miles of golden coastline and August temperatures often topping 40 oakley sunglasses blue degrees, both locals and tourists hit the beach to cool off. All of Almeria's beaches have blue flag status, oakley fast jacket and most have cafes, bars and restaurants nearby. For solitude in unspoilt surroundings, head to the white sand of Los Genoveses.(Photo: ANE)The protected marine reserve at Cabo de Gata Nijar nature park is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The caves and underwater rock formations are full of aquatic life and the salt flats provide a lookout point for flamingos, purple herons and other wading birds.Top sees for a fee: Almeria's 15th century cathedral is situated in a pretty plaza dotted with palm trees. It started out as a fortress, but within its uninviting exterior there is beautiful gothic architecture and it has a courtyard garden. Entry 5, including an audio guide.The Casa del Cine is a compact museum celebrating Almeria's cinematic history. Displays and memorabilia are dedicated to movies filmed here, including Lawrence of Arabia and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It also documents John Lennon's time spent living in Almeria for the Richard Lester film, How I Won The War. Entry 3.The underground air raid shelters or 'refugios' were built to protect Almeria's civilians during the bombings of the Spanish Civil War. Today, visitors can explore around a quarter of the four kilometre tunnels. Entry 3, small groups only.Getting around: Exploring on foot is easy, thanks to pedestrianised zones, although taxis are cheap and plentiful when it's too hot to walk. There is a regular bus service which connects Almeria and the popular resort of Roquetas de Mar, although car hire is recommended to explore the outer regions of the province such as the desert and nature reserve.Travel guide: Mykonos is a whitewashed paradise with a cosmopolitan buzzEating out: The Teteria Almedina, Calle Paz, is an Arabic tea room providing the perfect refreshment on the way to or from the Alcazaba. This family run establishment serves mint tea, sweets and pastries in quaint surroundings. For dinner and drinks, try the Cerveceria Karamba, Calle Ramon y Cajal, popular with locals and tourists. It serves regional beers, fresh fish and seafood dishes.Drop by a churreria to try a traditional hot chocolate with churros, strips of fried choux pastry. Often eaten for breakfast, these treats are also delicious as a snack.Going out: Most bars in Almeria are tapas bars which serve a snack included in the price of a drink. The liveliest bars are around the cathedral and Paseo de Almer while a short taxi ride will take you to the beach bars and clubs of Roquetas de Mar. Discover the passion of live Flamenco at Pe El Taranto on Friday and Saturday nights or try Salsa and Latin dancing at Gale M Latina. Alternatively, relax and unwind at Bodega Montenegro on Plaza Granero, and sample local wines in rustic surroundings.Lisbon travel guide top 10 things to do and see in Portugal's capital cityHotels Luxury: Vincci Hotel Envia Almeria Wellness and Golf: A five star hotel with pool, spa and golf course. Vincci Hotel Envia Almeria Wellness and Golf. From per night.Mid Range: NH Ciudad de Almeria: A four star hotel near the station, restaurants and shops. Calle Jard de Medina. From Budget: Hotel Blanca Brisa: A two star hotel close oakley shirts to the beach in Cabo de Gata, half an hour from Almeria's centre. Breakfast is included in the onsite restaurant. Calle La Jorica, Cabo de Gata. From Factfile Currency: Euros () = 1.
14Time zone: GMT+1hrBest time to visit: Summer is popular with families, although Almeria's weather stays warm into October and November.Visas, injections and precautions: None.Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterDaily NewsletterManchester United Transfer NewsInter Milan 'furious' with Manchester United target Ivan Perisic and more transfer rumoursMan Utd transfer news includes the latest on the Croatian's future at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
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