There are a million reasons why you might want to reserve a holiday rental in Andalusia, but let the primary reason be beautiful Almeria. Almeria is an elegant city that tends to get overlooked by the region’s more famous destinations. For us this is a big plus. What could be better than a relaxing trip surrounded by locals and not thousands of tourists all wanting the same experiences. There’s no queues in Almeria. The city is well known by the Spanish for its gorgeous beaches just a few miles from the centre, most of which are completely unspoiled, a secret that they’d like to keep. The most spectacular stretches of sand are to be found in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park with cacti, dunes and mountains. While Playa de los Genoveses and Playa de los Muertos are considered the best beaches in the region.
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Visit Almeria: Put your feet up and enjoy a quieter pace of life
If you're looking for relaxation, culture and sensational beaches, but you are not quite sure whether a holiday accommodation in Spain is right for you be sure to choose Almeria. Loaded with historic attractions, such as the incredible Alcazaba walled fort, beautiful Moorish structures, leafy parks and public squares filled with coffee shops, restaurants and bars, there is something for every visitor Almeria. And let's not forget the nearby beaches and Tabernas Desert, where Western movies were filmed. Whatever it is that you want from a chilled-out holiday, Almeria can deliver it. East of the city is the rugged, desolate Cabo de Gata-Nijar coast, a protected area, while to the west is the resort area of Roquetas de Mar with beaches that go on for miles. There's lots of opportunities to relax so reserve holiday accommodations in Almeria today.
When to visit
Almeria is dry, it hardly ever rains with an annual rainfall of just 200 milimetres. It's a good all year-round destination because since records began it has never fall below 19 degrees. With the peak summer sunshine comes the inevitable summer holiday makers, so remember to book any accomodation ahead if you want to visit in the high season months.
How to get there?
Located on the southeast coast of Spain, Almeria can be reached easily from budget airlines across the UK. EasyJet flies to Almeria from multiple airports across the East Midland, while TUI also flies from Birmingham and Manchester, as well as Thomas Cook which also has departures from Gatwick. Other options include catching flights from Madrid or Barcelona with Iberia or Vueling, giving you the opportunity to explore these fantastic cities, so browse the vast selection of holiday apartments in Barcelona or a holiday homes in Madrid to discover a vibrant Spanish retreat before moving on to Almeria.
Where to stay
Parque Nicolás Salmerón
The cramped streets of the old town around Parque Nicolás Salmerón, is where Clint Eastwood and other Hollywood stars made movies and hung out with locals. From the park it is a short walk to the imposing 16th-century cathedral and the large park surrounded by palm trees, that you may recognise from the Oscar-winning Second World War film Patton. It's a lovely area and the perfect place for B & B holiday rentals in Almeria.
Puerta de Purchena Square
A superb square in the very heart of Almeria. It is where main roads connect such as the Paseo de Almería or Calle de las Tiendas that run into the square. It is one of the busiest areas in the city that is filled with people looking for restaurants, bars and holiday rentals in Almeria. It's ideal if you want to be in the thick of things.
This option is also popular because of its central location just five minutes walk from Almería Cathedral and the Alcazaba, but on a city on this scale it's difficult not to be amid it all. Places to stay include the best holiday rentals in Almeria that offer great value for money.
Mediterráneo Shopping Centre
It may sound tasteless, but we promise that it's not. As far as shopping centres go this is quite a nice one. The large-scale shopping mall has an innovative architectural design, located in the business and commercial area of the city, that has the best national and international brands, in all sectors. It is the place to shop until you drop with cheap accommodation in Almeria in proximity.
Food and Drink in Almeria
Being voted Spain's gastronomic capital for 2019 has put Almeria on the foodies' map. To ensure you don't miss out on some of the places that locals consider to be the best, we've put together a list of their suggestions: La Mala may be small, but it has some of the best tapas in Almeria. The service is so good that staff manage to keep up with numerous drink and tapas orders, even on busy Friday and Saturday nights. Downstairs can become very crowded at weekends and people head out on to the street. If you prefer something a little quieter, head upstairs and order from the menu.
Cafe Cyrano has a great lunch and dinner menu with Mexican, Italian and French dishes available. What makes it a little unusual is the tapas on offer aren't just Spanish as you'd expect. Cafe Cyrano also serves tapas with a twist; expect dishes from Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. It also has comfortable couches, excellent coffee and cake that is highly sought after by the local community.
El Vino en un Barco bar is decorated to a high standard on both the out and inside. We recommend the cheese and meet tapas, the very un-Spanish falafel wraps and mini buns filled with cheese fondue. The cocktails list at El Vino un Barco is extensive and locals claim that it's the best bar in Almeria for an evening drink.
Lila's Cafe looks like a Thai restaurant as you first approach. It is also another place that you can sample tapas with a twist, expect a Japanese, Mexican, Indian and American flair.
Expect La Consentida to be rammed on a Friday and Saturday night because it's extremely popular. If you want to get served in a hurry then arrive early, or on a weekday if you want to guarantee a table. Once you get served the tapas are huge and like meals. We'll take a guess that's one of the main reasons that it's so popular.
History and Culture in Almeria
The city was founded in 955 AD by the Moors, but in 1489 it was taken over by the Catholic Royal Family and its Muslim population were ousted. In 1522, Almeria was pretty much flattened by an earthquake and remained abandoned for centuries. It wasn't until the 19th century that work rebuilding the city commenced.