Almería attractions

Top Choice Fortress in Almería

Alcazaba

A looming fortification with great curtain-like walls rising from the cliffs, Almerìa's Alcazaba was founded in the mid-10th century and went on to become one of the most powerful Moorish fortresses in Spain. It's s…
Top Choice Cathedral in Almería

Catedral de la Encarnación

Almería’s formidable, six-towered cathedral, begun in 1525, was conceived both as a place of worship and a refuge for the population from frequent pirate raids from North Africa. It was originally Gothic-Renaissance…
Historic Site in Almería

Segundo Recinto

The second enclosure of the Alcazaba sits above the Muro de la Campana de la Vela, a wall named after its bell, which once chimed in times of danger. Much of the compound is covered by the ruins of a palace built by…
Historic Site in Almería

Tercer Recinto

The highest part of the Alcazaba, the Tercer Recinto consists of a castle constructed by the Catholic Monarchs in the early 16th century. Many of the castle’s formidable walls and towers survive, including the Torre…
Historic Site in Almería

Primer Recinto

The Alcazaba's lowest compound, the Primer Recinto, was originally a residential area. Excavations have unearthed remains of houses, streets and a complex water system, comprising wells, cisterns and channels. These…
Museum in Almería

Museo de la Guitarra

It's worth establishing two important facts before you enter this absorbing museum. First: the word 'guitar' is derived from the Andalucian-Arabic word qitara, hinting at its Spanish roots. Second: all modern acoust…
Museum in Almería

Museo de Almería

Almería's excellent archaeology museum, housed in a spacious modern building, focuses on two local prehistoric cultures – Los Millares (3200–2250 BC; probably the Iberian Peninsula's first metalworking culture), and…
Historic Site in Almería

Refugios de la Guerra Civil

During the civil war, Almería was the Republicans’ last holdout in Andalucía, and was repeatedly and mercilessly bombed. The attacks prompted a group of engineers to design and build the Refugios, a 4.5km-long netwo…
Gallery in Almería

Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía

Anyone interested in photography should visit this excellent centre, which puts on top-class exhibitions of work by Spanish and international photographers. They vary dramatically in theme but are invariably thought…
Market in Almería

Plaza de Pavía Market

Offering a colourful picture of local neighbourhood life, the rowdy Plaza de Pavía market has stalls selling a mix of produce, cheap shoes and churros (delicious, fat, tubular doughnuts). It's at its liveliest on Sa…