Situated on the bay of the same name Almería is a luminous city, with a population of over 200.000, whose origins go back a long way into the past. Presided over by its impressive castle "the Alcazaba", a Moorish fortification created in the 9th century, uneven in appearance, from its battlemented parapets there is an extraordinary panoramic view of the city and the port. At the feet of the castle is the most typical district: La Chanca with its colourful and picturesque houses.
Almería is a city that faces the sea, and for this reason the port forms part of the city in its physiognomy and its daily life. Within the port, the mineral landing pier, known as “El Cable” is especially interesting.
In the centre, the Cathedral, built as a fortress to protect the city from pirate attacks, has an interesting interior. Furthermore you can visit the Nicolas Salmeron Park, the city center (Paseo de Almeria), Puerta de Purchena square, the old Square (Plaza Vieja) or the Virgin of the Sea Square (Plaza de la Virgen del Mar).
Almería also has good beaches (Coast of Almeria) for enjoying the sun and part of its area is included in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, a place of great ecological and scenic interest due to its abundant vegetation and for its ornithological importance. Also in Almeria is located the only desert in hole Europe.
Sport is very popular in the region, and Almeria is home to two major professional sports teams: UD Almeria in football and Unicaja Almeria in volleyball. Sports activities are also appreciated by the students. The main success in sport event has been the organization of the XV Mediterranean Games Almeria 2005.
The University of Almeria (UAL) is a public institution which promotes outstanding research and teaching within the European Higher Education Area, offering many international programmes throughout the world.
Latitude: 36.50 N
Longitude: 2.28 O
Sea level altitude: 6 metres