Almeria Travel Guide, Spain
The city of Almeria, in southern Andalucía, is a place steeped in history and culture, where Spanish customs still coexist with remnants of the region’s Moorish heritage. Almeria, initially called Al-Mariyat in Arabic, meaning the mirror, was established in the 10th century, and it used to be a Moorish citadel second only to Granada's Alhambra. The beautiful fortress of Alcazaba is the main attraction of the city, but there are many other sights that are well worth visiting. Almeria is famous for being the filming site of many Spaghetti Westerns, due to its very hot and dry climate, but despite this seemingly inhospitable weather, it is a remarkable place and a great holiday destination. This Almeria Travel-guide will give you some basic information about this charming city.
Almeria Travel-guide - Transport
You can reach Almeria by plane, car and even by boat. Almeria International Airport operates regular flights to and from many major Spanish airports, such as Madrid or Barcelona. This is the second most important airport in Andalucía, so there are good connections to destinations both in Europe and on other continents. National flights are not very expensive, especially if you book your tickets a few weeks ahead. The airport is relatively close to the city, at about 10 km. Local buses operate services to the airport, and tickets are quite cheap, but buses don’t work after 10PM. You can also take a taxi, but be prepared to pay the price of about 10 bus fares. You can also get to Almeria by boat, but only if your departure point is Melilla or Algeria or Morocco. Once you’ve arrived, you can get around the city either by using public transport, or on foot. The city is quite pleasant, even if you’re far from the city centre, and you might discover a few interesting places on your way.
Almeria Travel-guide - Accommodation
Almeria is visited by a sizeable tourist crowd every year, so there are many accommodation options to choose from. If you are more interested in the beach-life of the city than in sights, this Almeria Travel-guide recommends the Moguima Hotel, a stylish self-catering hotel located in the city’s tourist centre, close to the beach, shopping district and restaurants. The hotel offers modern facilities such as gym, sauna, massage parlor and a snack bar.
If you’re looking for a comfortable mid-range hotel close to the main landmarks, you will be pleased with Hotel Indalico, located in the heart of the city centre. The old town is only a few minutes away, as well as several important museums and churches. Those who are willing to splurge will be delighted with the Barcelo Mirador de Adra Hotel, an excellent hotel located on Almeria’s most beautiful beach. Here you can pamper yourself with some excellent local cuisine, and you can relax in the solarium or one of the luxurious swimming pools.
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