Almeria City - Five Fascinating Facts

Almeria City - Five Fascinating Facts

The city of Almería © Michelle Chaplow
The city of Almería

Almeria was, until recently, the last well-known of Andalucia's provincial capitals. These days, however, thanks to the growing popularity of the province's beaches, especially nearby Cabo de Gata and its natural park, more visitors are getting to know Andalucia's fastest-growing major city. It remains, for now at least, largely uncommercialised - Andalucia before the tourists arrived - and is known as a 'rough diamond', a relaxed place with surprisingly good nightlife.

Almeria is the most African of Andalucia's port cities (Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga) - it is sometimes called 'an extension of Morocco'.



Like Rio Tinto, in Huelva province, Almeria became a focus for French and British mining companies in the 19th century, reviving the city's… More →

In the 1880s, two Belgian mining engineers (see Fact II) and amateur archaeologists, brothers Henri and Louis Siret, started to excavate at Los… More →

It's not well known that John Lennon wrote Strawberry Fields Forever in Almeria. He lived in the city in autumn 1966, filming the part of Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's… More →

The city's heyday was in the 11th century (just after the Alcazaba was built), when the taifa (small independent state) of Almeria was second only to Seville, its port… More →

La Chanca is a colourful area, both culturally and visually, located between the Alcazaba and the old town and stretching down the hill to the port. Its brightly-painted houses, begging to be… More →


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