Cheap flights to Almeria
One of Spain’s best kept secrets, Almería gives you a rich and varied blend of the sights, sea, sun and sand you’ve come to expect from Spain.
One of several jewels in Andalucia’s crown, Almería city itself dates back to the 10th century, when it was a bastion of Moorish rule and an important harbour, a hub for the silk trade, and the scene of countless sieges and conflicts. Today you can take this in at your leisure, explore the medieval town with its staggering cathedrals, fortifications and museums, then stop into one of the city’s many bars for a cool beer and a breather. You’ll also find the best of Spanish cuisine here, with everything from mouth-watering tapas to freshly caught seafood and delicious meaty specialities. If there’s one thing to be said for Almería tourism, it’s definitely tasty.
The indoor market, the "mercado de abastos", is a great spot to get a taste of the real Spain and grab a bargain or two at the same time (Dalias).
Ridley Scott has been filming his new epic Exodus, which depicts the biblical story of Moses guiding the Israelites out of Egypt, in Almería. The Sierra de Alhamilla and Tabernas "desert" have been the principal destinations. Meanwhile the city of Almería has been playing host to stars such as lead actor Christian Bale, with local residents keeping a keen eye out for Hollywood greats.
Legendry Spanish singer Julio Iglesias will be on stage at the Plaza de Toros in Roquetas de Mar on 13 July. The concert starts at 21.30 (tel: 902 150 025, ticketmaster.es).
Head north to the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, where the protected area's volcanic sand beaches and Swiss-cheese rocks make up one of the most original and unspoiled landscapes on Spain's Mediterranean coast.