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.
Flamenco rock singer Miguel Campello is playing at the SkyBar annex in El Ejido on 25 April. Dancing and good times guaranteed. miguelcampello.es
The Plaza de la Catedral in the Old Town is one of the city's emblematic squares. As the name suggests, it is dominated by the old cathedral, a fortified building where locals sheltered from pirate attacks in days gone by. There are some great bars and eateries around the square in which to drink in the view.
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.
Visit San Jose up the coast to do the "film route" walk in the natural park. It takes in beaches that staged scenes from classic movies such as Peter O'Toole's Lawrence of Arabia. Full details from the tourist office in the village. Afterwards have lunch by the sea near the small harbour.
Less than an hour away by car is the tiny fishing village of Agua Amarga. There are a couple of great restaurants, an attractive beach and some terrific walks along the spectacular rocky coastline, which was formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
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.
It's summer and it's hot so the beach is calling. Head to scenic San José for some of the best the Spanish coast has to offer, in the unspoilt paradise of the Cabo de Gata nature reserve.