If you’re lucky enough to own property in Marbella, people are generally intrigued and impressed. Marbella is a world-class destination with a certain cachet, offering amazing Spanish and international Michelin-starred cuisine, fabulous beaches and an enviable climate. You can choose the jetsetting glamorous lifestyle with a property to match - a spacious, well-located apartment in the centre of this exclusive resort town, a deluxe serviced villa just outside, or a more rural dwelling tucked away in the mountains, offering greater privacy.
The major international car rental companies have offices in most Andalucian cities and at the major airports such as Málaga Airport. However, the smaller local car rental companies tend to be less expensive.
There are regular national flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Melilla. There are also regular International flights to London Gatwick, Stanstead, Munich, and Dusseldorf. See the table below. Charter companies also fly to Almería, making it the second most important airport in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in Andalucia.
Tucked away in the little-visited northern corner of the province is the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, a surprisingly extensive wooded area, given the otherwise arid aspect of Almeria´s territory, where there are some superb walks. The two main towns in the park - Vélez Rubio and Vélez Blanco - are well worth a visit, particularly the latter for its original castle and Cueva de los Letreros with prehistoric rock paintings.
This village is found only 6km from Almería city. One of the most interesting times to visit is in October, when the popular Fiesta de la Longaniza is celebrated coinciding with the pork slaughter season.
Lovers of rural tourism will find a variety of accommodation opportunities including hotels, rentals and camping. Hiking is a popular activity as the natural park provides some lovely signed routes to take, such as the Solana del Maimón, that goes from Vélez-Rubio to Vélez Blanco.
This village is only 11km from the city of Almería, in a valley of the Sierra de Alhamilla served by the river Andaráx. It is well known for its magnificent Balneario with hot springs at 58 degrees, which is open all year round. El Chorrilo de Pechinais an old deserted mining hamlet in the Sierra Alhamilla. It was where Exodus: Gods and Kings was filmed. In Game of Thrones a new set was built representing Vaes Dothrak
The municipality of the Almerian town of Benahadux is crossed by the Andarax river and is home to many archaeological remains from the Copper Age. Its primary economic activity is the production and trade of straw, oranges and potatoes. Many historical remains of objects and weapons can be found in Benahadux at the Archaeological Site of Cerro de El Paredón.
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One of the best times to visit this village is in October, when the residents come out to celebrate the patron saints festivals in honour of la Virgen del Rosario. The parish church is dedicated to this virgen, the most important building in the village dating from the 17th century.
The village of Gádor, situated in the area of Cabo de Gata, holds the remains of human settlements dating back to the 3rd millennium before Christ and the irrigation system from the time of Arab civilization, preserved to this day, that supplies the orange orchards which surround the white village
The prehistoric cave paintings of the Cueva de los Letreros are spectacular, they can be found 3km out of the town of Velez Rubio. To get to the caves follow the A317 north until you reach a petrol station on the left, next to which is a signed turning to the cave.
This archaological site is located 20 kms north west of Almeria, between the villages of Gador and Santa Fe de Mondujar. The site dates back to 1800 BC, when it was probably the location of Spain's first metalworking culture. Pottery and jewellery were made here and crops grown in what must have then been a much more fertile landscape.
Designated a natural park in 1987, the Sierra María-Los Vélez occupies the eastern end of the Cordillera Subbética in the north of Almeria province. It covers 22,670ha, a landscape of impressive contrasts, with its arid, moon-like plains overlooked by the Sierra's rocky summits, which are white with snow in winter, and the dry, barren south-facing slopes compared to its densely wooded north-facing ones.
They are in a still better state of preservation, but you may only visit them with a guide. However, if you're interested, the tourist information office at Vélez Rubio, or the town hall at Vélez Blanco can advise on a guide who will provide you with a rope and ladder to get you up the sheer rock face; which is one of the reasons of course, why they have survived more or less intact.
The town of Huércal de Almería formed part of the municipal district of Almería until the 19th Century. Nowadays, it is an important industrial centre in an area that comes under the name of Andarax. Among the sights of the town, located in the comarca of Cabo de Gata, is the parish church, built in the 18th Century and in whose altar stands a statue of the Virgen de las Angustias de Salcillo.