Why choose a cruise to Almeria?
The Andalusian city of Almeria has everything you’d expect from southern Spain, with a dash of cosmopolitan charm. The port was built around the 19th century and the town itself has retained much of its authentic charm, with several monuments still intact.
Almeria City Cathedral was originally built in 1524, and its unique castle-like appearance is a testament to Almeria’s turbulent history and is a fascinating place to explore. With an historic old quarter, excellent city beaches and a variety of galleries shops and landmarks, you’ll find plenty to enjoy on your Almeria cruise, both in the city and its namesake province beyond.
A guide to Almeria’s hotspots
There are lots of exciting things to see and do in Almeria and you’ll find the city has plenty worth exploring. In the centre, locals and visitors flock to La Rambla, Avenida de Federico Garcia Lorca. This delightful tree-lined avenue is a good place to get your bearings, and is packed with shops, fountains and street side cafes, where you can enjoy a cool drink and plan your day.
The avenue leads down to the port and beach. Playa Zapillo is a great city beach with a promenade packed with restaurants, and a sand and shingle shoreline.
The old quarter is a must see, too. The Barrio de la Chanca (cave quarter), is one highlight and some of the cave-style homes are still inhabited. Throughout the year there are numerous colourful fiestas, religious and historical, when the streets come to life with processions and celebration.
The Alcazaba of Almeria is perhaps its most famous sight, and its imposing position overlooking the city centre makes it hard to missed. This walled fortification is pretty much intact and was built in the 10th century on the command of Abd-ar-Rahman, Iberia’s most powerful prince.
Aside from the historic cathedral, there are a variety of museums to explore, including The Cinema Museum of Almeria. Almeria and its landscapes have been used for many a film location, by the likes of icons such as Steven Spielberg to name but a few, and this museum pays homage to the regions cinematic history. A tour of Casa del Cine and its gardens is worth considering.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Almeria
The best time to visit Almeria
The best time to visit Almeria if you like it hot is August, when temperatures sizzle at around 27°C, with July serving up the most hours of daily sunshine. These months are the ideal time to hit those fabulous city beaches, with sea temperatures hovering at around 25°C.
Even during the cooler winter months, sights such as Alcazaba, the cathedral and Old Town make Almeria an exciting place to visit. Even the coolest month January, has a pleasant average temperature of 15°C, so ideal for sightseeing, shopping and exploration. As one of the driest places in Europe, rain spells are rare throughout the year.
Did you know?
· Almeria is the driest place in Europe – locals are surprised when it rains!
· The Alcazaba was one of the filming locations for hit series Game of Thrones
· In Almeria, tapas usually come free when you order a drink
· The name Almeria is derived from Arabic and translates as ‘mirror of the sea’
· There is a statue of Beatles legend John Lennon in Plaza de los Flores.