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The 10 best things to do in Almería

A visit to the province of Almería offers the essentials for a perfect vacation. Venture into its rugged landscape to explore its natural wonders, cast away your cares along its swathes of sublime beaches, and mingle with the locals in the historical city of Almería.

  • Museum of Almería

    1. Museum of Almería

    Thanks to the prehistoric findings in the region by Belgian engineer Luis Sirat in 1880, the museum houses the largest and most impressive archaeological collection in Almería.

  • La Alcazaba

    2. La Alcazaba

    Founded by Cordoba caliph Abd ar-Rahman in 995 AD, it's the second largest Moorish fortress in Spain. You'll have sweeping views of the cave quarter of Barrio de la Chanca below.

  • Almeria Cathedral

    3. Almeria Cathedral

    It looks like a fortress from the outside, but it's a beautiful cathedral inside. The reason for its robust construction was to protect its treasures from Barbary pirate raids.

  • The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata

    4. The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata

    The park covers 310 square miles, with 16 hiking trails of various degrees, miles of unspoiled beaches and lookout points, such as Mirador de los Muertos, along the coast.

  • Sorbas Caves

    5. Sorbas Caves

    Located in the Gypsum Karst Natural Park, there are three guided tours a day through this amazing, subterranean world, replete with stalactites, stalagmites and gypsum crystals.

  • Sierra Nevada

    6. Sierra Nevada

    Spain's largest national park is not only a place to hit the winter slopes, but also a location to explore its wild beauty and whitewashed villages that punctuate the hillsides.

  • Mountains and Valleys

    7. Mountains and Valleys

    The province boasts seven mountain ranges with stunning nature, and the Almanzora Valley is lush with olive and fruit groves and quaint Spanish towns. It's a rural tourism paradise.

  • Costa de Almería

    8. Costa de Almería

    The expansive coastline is famous for its sun-drenched shores, and surprisingly you may have a spot all to yourself. The beaches of Almeria Bay are at the city's front door.

  • Mini Hollywood

    9. Mini Hollywood

    Yes, there's one here in the Tabernas Desert. Its open and arid landscape has provided scenes for Westerns and Hollywood blockbusters, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  • Alhambra

    10. Alhambra

    The Alhambra was not only a fortress, but also a palace and small city. The gardens of the Palacio de Generalife date to the 14th century and are the oldest from the Moorish era.

Frequently asked questions about Almeria

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Almeria?

    If you want to see the city of Almería, explore the region's mountains, relax on the beaches and make a trip to the Alhambra, then give yourself at least 10 days, if not two weeks.

  • Getting around

    If you stay in the city of Almería, you can see the city's attractions by foot. However, the most convenient and independent way to travel around the region is to rent a car, especially if you plan to go into the mountainous areas and traverse its extensive coastline.

  • Where to stay in Almeria

    Accommodations in Almería's city center make it convenient to see its top attractions. You'll find hotels and resorts in towns along the Almerían coast for that perfect beach holiday.

  • Tickets and opening hours for the Alhambra

    There are two sessions during the day: 8:30AM - 2:00PM and from 2:00PM - 8:00PM. When purchasing tickets online, you'll find that there are different packages to reserve for a visit to the Alhambra. Keep in mind that you should allow yourself a good two hours to drive from the city of Almería to Granada.

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  • Best time to visit
    If you plan to visit top attractions, such as the Alhambra, then visiting in the shoulder season (spring and fall) are best to avoid the long wait times the peak crowds bring. May, June and September will provide you plenty of sunshine but fewer tourists than in the hottest months of July and August.

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What people are saying about Almeria

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 379 reviews

Super nice guide! Small training on the property and then off to the desert. The guide explained a lot about the locations with a small photo album with scenes from films that were played there. Without having to ask, the guide offered to take pictures of us on the horses at all points where we stopped. A great atmosphere, amazing landscape - the price is more than fair! I can only recommend it to everyone, really great!

Excellent! It was amazing! The guide not only knew Spanish, but spoke English and French very good too. He was very friendly and helpful, he explained and showed a lot to us, and even took our photos during the trip. The horses were well groomed and looked healthy, were gentle and even though I was really afraid, everything went well. 100% would repeat the experience.

A superb experience thanks to a top guide and organization even for the first experiences on horseback. Théo will know how to make you spend 2 brilliant hours in the heart of the Tabernas desert with various explanations in perfectly understandable French. Thank you again I highly recommend it

The guide was awesome and place is incredible. You can be begginer and the guide explane you everything. We were unlucky because there were many mosquitos and the horses were very nervous. We didn’t finish our trip but we were refunded. Totally recommended.

Great excursion in the desert, magnificent landscape, change of scenery The guide is great and passionate Everything was great