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The city of Almeria is Andalucia's most eastern capital. The province of Almería, in southeast Spain, has strong co-operative ties and is home to an important agricultural and credit co-operative community, with 13,000 small family farmers and approximately 70 marketing, supply and service co-operatives. It also has many social enterprises and other forms of co-operative entities, comprising a rich co-operative fabric. The city of Almería has a population of 190,000, and is on the Mediterranean Sea. Years ago, it was not as well known by tourists as other capitals like Malaga, Sevillle, or Granada. However, that has changed drastically in the last while.
Almeria holds a great deal of charm and is steeped in history. It is located at the foot of a mountain range which is crowned by the magnificent Alcazaba, an Arab fortress built by the Caliph of Cordoba, Abd-erRahman with three huge walled enclosures (in the second of which are remains of a mosque, converted to a chapel by the Catholic kings). The Alcazaba is the second largest Muslim fortress in Andalucia behind the Alhambra in Granada.
The cultural heritage of the city is also on show in the city’s museums, visitors’ and exhibition centres, Civil War bomb shelters, the railway station, the mineral loader and, the recently renovated central market.
However, a trip to Almeria includes much more, the municipality has incredible beaches, green spaces, and a natural park which, together with its cuisine, traditions and culture will make your trip to the city an enjoyable experience.