Museo de Arte Doña Pakyta
This beautiful gallery is in the restored house of Doña Francisca Torres Diaz (1911-2014, known as Doña Pakyta), an Almerian businesswoman and environmentalist thanks to whom the eastern Almeria coast has some of Andalusia’s most beautiful and unspoiled beaches. The museum opened in spring 2015, the 1920s Casa Vasca (Basque-style House) is a cultural centre and exhibition space which features Almerian art in seven rooms over two floors, with examples from the 1880s to the 1970s. Three rooms are devoted to the Grupo Indaliano, artists from the city from the late 1940s and early 1950s, including Miguel Martinez Gomez and Jesus de Perceval. An environmentalist who owned 3,300 hectares of land in Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park around the town of San Jose, including 17km of coastline, Doña Pakyta worked to ensure the conservation of this geologically unique area full of rare plants and wildlife, which is now a UNESCO-recognized biosphere. She allowed full public access to her beaches, including Playa Monsul, refusing to allow the land behind them to be developed.
The natural landscapes of these virgin beaches, uninhibited by hotels, apartments, restaurants, or any other buildings, make Almeria’s eastern shore a magnet for those who prefer their sea and sand experience free from high-rise concrete blocks, acres of tarmac, and thousands of cars. Located on Calle Gerona.
1st October-31st May, Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 10:30- 13:30hrs
Friday and Saturday, 10:30- 13:30hrs and 17:00-20:00hrs
1st June-30th September, Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 10:30-13:30hrs
Friday and Saturday 10:30-13:30hrs and 18:00-21:00hrs
Tel: 950 21 04 46