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 Three Kings parade which takes place in the city in the early evening of 5 January is a real spectacle. All sorts of animals accompany the kings as they tour the main streets, throwing sweets to children who line the route, before they hand out presents at the end of the parade.
With mountains soaring over 2000 metres to the north east of the city, there are some great peaks awaiting mountain walkers: in the Sierra de Gádor and the Alpujarras.
The streets around the cathedral in the Old Town are wonderful to stroll through. The cathedral is a strapping building, constructed for defence purposes as well as for prayer and it takes a fair while to walk around the structure. Later, contemplate this architectural jewel from a cafe terrace in the square which looks onto the facade.
The Alcazaba fortress is one of the most important historic buildings in Spain and the second-most-visited monument in the region of Andalucía after Granada's Alhambra, according to a recent survey. It is, quite simply, a must-visit site, which, as well as its historic interest and beauty, offers wonderful views over the city. malagaturismo.com
Head up the coast to Mojácar to see a magnificent whitewashed hill village, set back from the coast. It used to be a magnet for artists and still holds the charm of a place that once brimmed with ideas and innovation.
Some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean can be found at the town of San José in the Cabo de Gata natural park. Created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, they have been the setting for films such as Peter O'Toole´s Lawrence of Arabia.
With warm weather still likely this month, why not visit a section of unspoiled coastline for a spot of swimming and sun bathing. Castell de Ferro (less than an hour by car to the east of the city) is off the tourist trail and has a great small town feel. The sea is crystal clear and there are a couple of great fish restaurants to sample.
San José is a busy fishing village with some fantastic restaurants and bars, and some of the best beaches on the Mediterranean. Volcanic sand and secluded coves await those who are prepared to walk to the best spots. andalucia.com