10 things to do in Almeria
Almeria is one of the lesser known cities on Spain’s southern coast.
Located away from mainstream tourist crowds, it’s somewhere for culture and relaxation. Found between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the surrounding area provides adventure for nature lovers with quiet soft-sand beaches and stunning wildlife. While the centre of the town itself boasts restaurants and traditional souvenir shops. Ready to discover a quieter side of Andalusia? Here are the top 10 things to do in Almeria .
1.Enjoy watersports at Urban Beach
Found on the doorstep of Roquetas de Mar’s town centre, Urban Beach offers several water-sport options. Enjoy jet and water-skiing or fishing and sailing. Afterwards, you can satisfy your appetite with a selection of restaurants.
2. Take the family to La Bajadilla Beach
This long stretch of sand continues on from Urban Beach, and is popular with families thanks to its Blue Flag status. Loungers and parasols are neatly laid out and there are plenty of watersports to try.
3. Escape the crowds at Cerrillos Beach
Alternatively, travel 15 minutes down the coast to the dune-backed Cerrillos Beach. Even in the height of summer, you won’t be rubbing shoulders with hundreds of other tourists making it a great location for a slow beach day.
4.Explore the Alcazaba
Towering over the city, the Alcazaba is a must-visit for two reasons. One it offers amazing views of the city. Two, it is also the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. Built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century, there are also remnants of a Roman theatre dating to the 1st century BC adjacent to the entrance.
5. Wander through the Alhambra
You’ll need to get in the car for this one, but it is worth it. Starting out as a small fortress in AD 889, it was rebuilt in the mid-13th century by the Nasrid emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirate of Granada. It is just grand as you would expect with mosaics, intricate wood carvings and an expansive garden. This is one of mainland Spain’s most popular attractions, and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
6. Step into Roquetas De Mar's past
There are also plenty of other historical sites found around Roquetas De Mar. Wander along the coast and keep an eye out for the remains of the town’s old fortifications. Then finish off at the Santa Ana Castle down by the harbour - an ancient fort that has been carefully reconstructed and now houses a cultural centre.
7. Shop for authentic souvenirs in Nijar
Nijar is the Andalusian village you see in brochures: whitewashed houses, hidden lanes and craft markets. Spend some time browsing the ceramics and woven jarapas for something special to bring home.
8. Visit during the Lady of Our Sea Festival
In the final two weeks of August, the streets of Almeria turn into a carnival. You’ll find music, dancing, parades and sports competitions – and even a traditional flamenco festival in the Plaza Vieja.
9.Splash around at Mario Park
If you’re in Almeria with your family, treat to them to a day out at this waterpark. There are six pools to splash around in, as well as a selection of waterslides. For family members who love a thrill there is the Black Hole or Kamikaze; while quieter members will enjoy the calming Rio Bravo.
If you’re a golfer, stop by one of the town’s golf courses. The most popular is Playa Serena. It’s a flat course but there are lakes, water features and bunkers to test your skills. Also consider La Envia (8-hole, par 70 course near the village of Vicar) and Alboran Golf (Championship course in El Toyo Retamar, about 45 minutes’ drive from Roquetas de Mar).
If you’ve been to Almeria, let us know in the comments what your must-do activities and must-see places are.