Almería Province

Almeria province clockwise: Almeria, Albox, Mojacar, San Jose and Viator © Michelle Chaplow
Almeria province clockwise: Almeria, Albox, Mojacar, San Jose and Viator

Almería Province

In the far south-eastern corner of the Iberian peninsula is this sun-baked province, with the highest hours of sunshine and lowest rainfall in Europe. Given Almería's climate, it´s no surprise that much of the province is comprised of semi-arid desert-like landscape. Due to the dry weather, much of this area is a sparsely populated wilderness.

Almeréa´s skies are also some of the clearest in Europe, Europe´s most powerful telescope has been installed here, near Gergal in the Sierra Alhamilla mountain range with an annual average of 3,000 hours of sunshine, it is also home to one of Europe´s largest solar energy plants, the Solar Platform of Almeria.

This hot climate and the natural protective barrier of the Sierra de Gádor also means that Almeria coast is one of the most productive agricultural zones in Europe for fruit, vegetables and flowers. This intensive agriculture means that a good chunk of the coastal territory is under wraps, swathed in field after field of ugly plastic greenhouses.   Fortunately, an equally sizeable area of the Costa Almería has protected status as one Andalucia´s most outstanding wildlife areas and its largest coastal reserve, the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park.

ALMERIA CITY

The provincial capital and port of Almeréa city is overlooked by a vast, sprawling Moorish citadel, the Alcazaba. Also well worth exploring is Almeria´s old town, peppered with interesting monuments, including a cathedral with an impressive Gothic interior, a 300-year-old hospital and great tapas bars.

Areas to explore in Almeria Province

Almeréa Province Map
Map of Almeria

This Costa is made up of the coastline of Almería province. The coastline is home to thousands of plastic greenhouses however there are also beautiful wildlife reserves lining the coast and of… More →

Almanzora area is in Almeria province and is made up of 27 municipalities. It is located in the northeast of the province between the areas of Los Vélez and the Sierra de los Fibrales. One of its… More →

This Almeria part of the Alpujarras is less well known than the Granada Alpujarras to the west. Both parts share the same characteristics and historical origins. They are the sheltered southern… More →

The city of Almería is Andalucia's most eastern capital. Years ago, it was not as well known by tourists as other capitals like Malaga, Sevillle, or Granada. However, that has changed drastically… More →

There are five municipal districts in the Rio Nacimiento Valley and one has the same name as the river. The highway form Almeria to Guadix climbs this valley. One municipality is unusual in that… More →

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… More →

The River Andarax flows into the Mediterranean sea at the city of Almeria. Inland from Almeria city there are a number of villages that occupy land on the flatter and fertile soil that is not… More →

Much of the interior of Almeria province is semi-arid steppe. It is a parched, lunar landscape of low, mostly barren mountains and dried-up river beds, like a scene from the North American Wild… More →

Book Hotels in Almeria Province

Hotel Balneario Sierra Alhamilla is a restored Moorish building, with a traditional central courtyard. The hotel has a spa, using natural thermal waters from the Sierra Alhamilla Mountains. Rooms at the hotel are bright and comfortable. They all have satellite TV. Rooms have an en suite bathroom, with a bathrobe included. The Sierra Alhamilla Spa Hotel is just 15km from Almería city centre. Free public parking is possible nearby.

The AC Hotel Almeria is located in the cultural and commercial centre of Almería, 6 minutes’ walk from the Alcazaba fortifications. It has a seasonal rooftop pool and offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms. Almería Cathedral is just 400 metres from the AC Hotel Almeria. The Port is about 15 minutes’ walk away. Guests can use the well-equipped on-site gym. A free WiFi hotspot can be found in the elegant lobby.

Located in front of the beach in Mojácar, this hotel offers a gym, sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath. The outdoor pools are surrounded by gardens and enjoy panoramic sea views. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Best Mojacar are decorated in a Mediterranean style and come with a balcony. They also include a private bathroom with hairdryer. The hotel is set next to the 18-hole Marina Golf Course. There are tennis and basketball courts just 100 metres away.

 

Book Holiday Rentals in Almeria Province

Located in Almeria City Centre, within 400 metres of Almeria Cathedral, HO Apartamentos Puerta de Purchena offers accommodation with an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace with snack bar. Free WiFi is provided. The units have a seating area and flat-screen TV, as well as a fully equipped kitchen with dining area, a dishwasher, coffee machine, and an oven. There is a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.

Boasting a balcony with garden views, a restaurant and ski-to-door access, Apartamento del Mar San Jose can be found in San José, close to San Jose Beach and 1.6 km from Playa de los Genoveses. Featuring a patio, the apartment is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking, skiing and snorkelling. This air-conditioned apartment comes with 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, and a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave.

Offering a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and lake view, Atico Amplio En Mojacar is situated in Mojácar, 450 metres from Piedra Villazar Beach and 600 metres from Ventanicas - Venta del Bancal. This apartment has a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. This apartment includes 3 bedrooms, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 2 bathrooms with a bidet and a washing machine.

Highlights to see and do in Almeria Province

Andalucia is not alone in its quest for the convenience of large out-of-town shopping centres or commercial centres ( centros comerciales) . Over the past five years shopping centres in Andalucia… More →

The Club de Mar de Almería is a nautical club located in Almería, Andalusia. It is one of the most important clubs in Spain, along with the rest of the members of the Spanish Association of… More →

Almeria province has many natural parks such as Cabo de Gata-Níjar, Sierra María-Los Vélez, Desierto de Tabernas, and more.

Large park with kamikaze, body ski, twisting slides, adventure river and black hole, as well as wave pool and lake, plus children's area with pool and slides, and also mini-golf.

This park is in Roquetas del Mar, near Salinas beach, on the southern coast of Almeria province. There are five rides for the family to enjoy here, including Rio Bravo, kamikaze and black hole.… More →

In the 1960s and 1970s more than 100 films were partially shot at these two film sets in the bleak Almeria desert landscape of Tabernas, including Westerns such as A Fistful of Dollars, The… More →

Perhaps the most diverse of all the Costas. Everything from popular resorts to rocky coves which include some of the least visited beaches in Southern Spain.

Travel in Almeria Province

The major international car rental companies have offices in most Andalucian cities and at the airports such as Málaga Airport, Seville, Jerez. The smaller local car rental companies tend to be… More →

There is a frequent service between the main towns in Andalucia and also day and overnight services to and from Madrid. Buses will be the only form of public transport into the surrounding… More →

There are 9 international airports which serve as regional gateways. Five are located within Andalucia; Malaga, Seville, Almeria, Granada and Jerez, and four located just outside Andalucia;… More →

Natural Parks and Natural Monuments in Almeria Province

Only 15km northeast of Almeria city is this largely barren and rugged 8,500ha mountain range, designated a protected natural area in 1989. Riven by deep gullies, particularly on its southern… More →

Sandwiched between the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Gador, Filabres and Alhamilla is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain, the desolate Desierto de Tabernas. The only semi-desert in… More →

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… More →

Covering 45,663ha in the southeastern corner of Spain, Cabo de Gata-Níjar is Andalucia's largest coastal protected area, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe's most original… More →

Near Chirivel in the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park is an example of a species of juniper, juniper thunifera, or sabina albar in Spanish. It has an impressive age, estimated to be between… More →

A limestone escarpment rising to 1,722m at its highest point of the Lúcar peak, the Piedra Lobera is exceptional for its unique microclimate that has ensured the survival of several rare plant… More →

Declared a natural monument in 2003, the San Andrés island is 70,307m² and is made of volcanic rock. It is home to many seabirds and has a rich marine life around its shores. The island also has… More →

Named after a barrier reef (arrecife barrera) of coral because of a similar appearance, this site is colonised by the phanerogam posidonia oceanica, a marine plant endemic in the Mediterranean.… More →

Ten kilometres east of the industrial port of Adra is this small wetland reserve of 217ha on the Mediterranean coast, a wildlife oasis in an area of intensive agriculture. It is comprised of… More →

The Isla de Alborán is situated in the Mediterranean sea 48km from the port of Adra on the Almeria coast and 39km from the Spanish enclave of Melilla on the African coast. The protected area… More →

Southwest of the coastal resort Roquetas del Mar is a 15km-long strip of protected coastline, the Punta Entinas-Sabinar Natural Area and Reserve. Like Albufera de Adra Natural Reserve along the… More →

Like the nearby Desierto de Tabernas Natural Area, this is a dramatically eroded lunar landscape of semi-arid desert covering 2,375ha, designated a protected area in 1989. It is also Spain's most… More →

These two volcanic islets close to the Almeria coastline are an important breeding site for the European storm petrel and Cory's shearwater. Measuring 11,150m², the steep-sided Isla de Terreros is… More →

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