Almería

Almería

See below a selection of excellent excursions from Almeria to interesting locations in the countryside. The perfect opportunitiy to see some of the interesting aspects of Andalucia culture without the hassle of having to organise them yourself. These excursions all depart from a central hotels or central points in Almeria town.

Vanguard artists whose work is displayed include Antonio Lopez. Four rooms display the works, which including paintings, sculpture and photography in neo-realistic and figurative styles. The museum is run jointly by the Fundacion de Arte Ibañez-Cosentino and the Ayuntamiento de Almeria.

The museum is spread over three floors, and features a large-scale relief model of the city and a five-minute high-definition film, shot mainly by drone, of Almeria's history and main sights. The model and film offer an excellent introduction to Almeria city for visitors - a good way to orient yourself, and to see what the city has to offer.

This small private museum, opened in 2015, is the house of the most renowned Spanish intellectuals of the 20th century's latter half. Poet, essayist, novelist and translator Jose Angel Valente (1929-2000), originally from Galicia, occupied the traditional house with tiled floors and wood-beamed ceilings for the last 15 years of his life. Here you can learn about his life and work, and see how closely connected to Almeria was, and how much the city and region influenced his writing.

Also known as Almeria Museo Arqueologico - Archaeological Museum of Almeria is housed in an award-winning contemporary building, this museum displays the considerable archaeological wealth of the province, from prehistoric remains discovered by the Siret brothers at Los Millares, to Roman statues.

We hear a lot about Holy Week in Seville and a few other provincial capitals like Huelva and Málaga, but very little about Almería. You might be surprised then to learn that Almería deserves more than a short visit at this time of year. In fact, like so many towns and cities throughout Andalucia.

Almería as one of the eight provincial capitals of Andalucia houses various museums. True historians will appreciate the Almeria Museum which contains numerous objects discovered by the well-known Belgian mining engineer, Louis Siret. The contemporary art museum is well worth visiting. Take a stroll around Almeria and discover for yourself numerous examples of beautiful street art.

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.