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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 Easter processions in the city are as spectacular as they are moving. For a full list of events and times go to the tourism office in Plaza de la Constitución.
The San Javier Jazz Festival runs throughout July and has some great acts on stage at a wonderful outdoor venue. Highlights include George Benson and The Family Stone. jazz.sanjavier.es
The stunning fortress known as the Alcazaba, which stands on the hill above the Old Town, is a must-visit site. Built by the Moors and adapted later by the Christian armies, it is a fascinating jumble of architectural styles.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is home to the highest peaks in mainland Spain. Its green foothills, known as the Alpujarras, lie less than an hour from the city, and offer striking views of the summits, which are covered with snow for much of the year.