A proud and historic port city
In the south-eastern corner of Spain, Almeria is more than the gateway to the arid heart of Andalusia. Shaped by the legacy of the Moors (and today by intensive agriculture) it’s a city of fascinating contrasts – from spaghetti westerns to amazing marine wildlife.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 50|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun, Winter sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 18.1░C
Rainfall: 224.7mm a year
As one of Europe’s driest regions, Almeria has much to offer film-makers as a natural (albeit windswept and dusty) set. The Tabernas Desert is where to go if you’d like to see where films including a Fistful of Dollars (and, amazingly, a Kylie video) were made.
Must eat at:
Head to the seafront and the Club de Mar to watch the world go by over a plate of its legendary Bouillabaisse.
Must be there for:
Pop up the coast to nearby Mojacar for the annual Moors and Christians Festival in mid June. Expect outlandish costumes, mock battles, and Mediterranean high spirits.
Kit on or kit off, head to El Playazo for the spectacle that is Europe’s largest naturist beach. Join in if you dare.
If you like your accommodation to come with Moorish influences and boutique styling, head to La Almendra y el Gitano in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. It’s rural retreat in a stunning setting – and just 5km from the sea.