Almeria City - Parque Nicolas Salmeron

Parque Nicolas Salmeron

This park is located between the port and city, running from Avenida Reina Regente (the lower end of Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca)in the east, to Puerta del Socorro and Avenida del Mar in the west.The park, named after the Almerian politician and President of the First Republic, is Almeria city's main green space.

Measuring 2.3km long, it is divided into two areas -Parque Viejo (west) and Parque Nuevo (east), with Calle Real as the separator, and runs parallel to the Carretera de Malaga.

Parque Viejo dates from the 19th century, after the old defensive city walls (LINK to CI Puerta Almeria)and San Luis fort were knocked down. It ran parallel to Calle San Luis.

The shady park has many centennial trees, as well as fountains and pools, including Fuente de las Peces(the Fountain of the Fishes), which marks the point between the old and new sections at the junction with Calle Real. The fountain was designed by Jesus de Perceval in the late 1950s, and feature three huge carved stone fishy creatures.

Parque Nuevo was added after the Civil War, and revamped in the 1970s to celebrate Spanish Naval Week.

Salmeron himself, who came from Alhama de Almeria, was one of the presidents of the First Republic. Previously, the park was dedicated to Alfonso XIII, then Primo de Rivera during the Dictatorship. In 1979 Almeria's green seaside promenade received its current name; you can see a bust of the president at the western end of the park.

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