Almeria - a southern gem
Languishing on the coast of the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea lies the Andalucian city of Almeria, in Southern Spain. Steeped in history and with charm in abundance, flights to Almeria uncover exotic Arab architecture and African inspired influences complement the traditional Spanish culture, while narrow winding cobbled streets hide a fusion of whitewashed facades and early Arab ruins.
One of Almeria’s most famous sights is the stunning hilltop Alcazaba; an ancient Arab fortress with vast towering walls, also home to the Ermita de San Juan chapel and to breath-taking views out across the horizon. The cathedral is an intoxicating combination of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, dotted with marble adornments while Almeria Museum is a must for any culture vulture. Stroll through the Historic Quarter and take in the sights of the Purchena Gate and Rambla de Belenand on the Port or grab your towel and make for the pure white, deserted sandy beaches of Cabo de Gata - the perfect place for a spot of escapism, sun, sea swimming, tranquillity and heavenly relaxation.
What to Bring
Blessed with Mediterranean sunshine, be sure to pack your swimwear and sun cream first and foremost on your flight to Almeria. If you crave adventure, remember to bring your walking gear, boots and a decent water bottle before heading out to explore the magic of the Tabernas Desert. Alternatively, pack your skis or snowboard and take a trip high into the majestic mountains of the Sierra Nevada for a range of exciting snow sports. The spectacular natural parks and wide open spaces of the Sierra Marí-Los Vélez lend themselves perfectly to long hikes and camping under the stars so don’t forget to pack a tent and other requisite camping great to experience Spanish outdoor adventure at its best! Golf enthusiasts might like to bring their clubs and enjoy a round on one of Almeria’s wild and picturesque courses for a more laidback holiday.
Those flying in to Almeria from EU or Shengen countries can travel freely on their passport while visitors from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia will need to obtain a visitor visa, available on arrival. Nationals of all other countries will require a visa to enter Spain.
With endless sunshine, gourmet cuisine, bustling markets and chic boutiques, awe-inspiring film-set scenery and incredible possibilities for outdoor adventure, a trip to Almeria promises a truly unforgettable and authentic Spanish experience.
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