Its Moorish castle, the Alcazaba of Almería, is the second largest among the Muslim fortresses of Andalusia, after the Alhambra and the biggest of the citadels built by the Arabs in Spain. The Alcazaba of Almería can be seen from any part of the city. Its construction was begun in 955 by Abderramán III and finished by Hayrán, “taifa” king of Almeria, in the XI century. After the Christian conquest it was reformed by the Catholic Monarchs and Carlos I. Schedule (From June 16 to September 15): From Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am. to 3 pm. and it will open for activities from 7 pm. to 10 pm. Sundays and bank holidays from 9 am. to 3 pm. Duration: 1.5 hours. (Free entrance)
Unique example of its kind, as it is a 17th century cathedral-fortress, in Gothic style with Renaissance façades, built for praying and also to defend the city against Berber pirate attacks. Duration: 40 min. Schedule: From Monday to Saturday from 10 am. to 7 pm. Sunday from 1:30 to 7 pm. Visiting days: 5 €
Raid shelters: Almería suffered up to 52 bombings from air and sea, with a total of 754 bombs dropped during the Spanish Civil War. This led to the decision to create a system of underground shelters for the protection of, approximately, 40,000 civilians. These shelters measure more than 4.5 km long, and they are equipped with a surgery room and a food storage room. They were designed by the local architect Guillermo Langle Rubio, being today the most important and better preserved shelters in all Europe. Schedule: Closed Monday. Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 18:00 to 21:00. Guided visits: 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 18:00 y 19:30 h . Buy tickets. Price: 3-5 €
Museums in Almería: Almería as one of the eight provincial capitals of Andalucia houses various museums (Archaeological Museum of Almería, Doña Pakita Art Museum, etc.). True historians will appreciate the Almeria Museum which contains numerous objects discovered by the well-known Belgian mining engineer, Louis Siret. The contemporary art museum is well worth visiting.
Don’t miss in Almería province
The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata offers visitors marvellous beaches with a volcanic, moonlike environment. A great diversity of flora and fauna marina attract diver enthusiasts from all over Europe. The 175-square-mile park commonly known as Cabo de Gata is Europe’s most arid region, according to Unesco, which has named it a Biosphere Reserve.
The Tabernas Desert is one of Spain’s semi-deserts, located within Spain’s southeastern province of Almería. It is located in the interior, about 30 kilometers (19 mi) north of the provincial capital, Almería, in the Tabernas municipality. It is protected as a wilderness area (paraje natural) spanning 280 square kilometres (110 square miles).
Electricity is supplied at 220V – 50 Hz AC with European norm plugs.
Almería enjoys year-round sunshine with an average annual temperature of 20ºC (68ºF). Summers are pretty warm (32ºC max – 24ºC min) and humid due to its Mediterranean location; however it cools by night.
Most hotels, restaurants and shops in Almería accept the main credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Mastercard, 4B, Access y Diners Club.Currency: € Euro
The official language in Almería is Spanish. You will find that most people are not fluent in English, except hotel staff, but they will do their best to communicate with you.
There is a good range of shops in the city centre and also big suburban shopping centres. Shops are generally open from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:30, Mondays to Saturdays. Department stores and shopping centres stay open during lunch time and close around 21:00 to 22:00.
Spanish eating habits are characterised by late hours, we normally have lunch around 14:00 and dinner around 22:00. Most restaurants open from 14:00 to 16:00 for lunch and from 21:00 to 23:00 for dinner. However some tourist and informal places have longer opening hours.