Almeria is situated in the South East of the country in the region of Andalusia. It is a relatively quieter, tourist city compared to others in the region including Malaga and Seville as well as being a great low key alternative to obvious favourites of Madrid and Barcelona for a different taste of Spain.
Boasting 320 days of sunshine a year, it is Spain’s sunniest province and therefore a great place to get away all year round. With an Eastern feel due to its Arabic history, the city has a distinct character and offers a number of beautiful historical monuments, churches and buildings throughout. One worth noting is the Alcazaba fortress which commands the skyline and gives breath-taking views of the city and out across the Mediterranean. Take a walk through the palm tree-lined Las Ramblas which has numerous street cafes and boutiques for local delicacies and products before following the walkways down to the port to sample some of the delicious seafood on offer.
If you are a bit of a movie lover, you may be excited to know that countless films have been set in and around the city such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lawerance of Arabia and more recently Exodus: Gods and Kings and Game of Thrones. Europe’s only desert, the Desert of Tabernas with a landscape resembling that of the Texas was nicknamed Mini-Hollywood due to the vast number of films set here in the 1960s and 1970s and now has multiple Western towns to visit with a variety of Wild West attractions and film sets still used today so is an exciting and unique day excursion.
If you prefer to get out of the city then only fifteen minutes away is the relatively new and peaceful resort town of Roquetas de Mar. Originally a small fishing village, the resort has kept its picturesque look whilst complemented this with a number of modern hotels to make your stay truly comfortable. As with Almeria, there is a great selection of tapas and seafood on offer and for those looking to pack in as much as possible, there is a lots activities including a 18 hole golf course, Mario Water Park (open mid-June to September), boat tours and a large number of cycle routes. Prefer a more peaceful break then there are plenty of seafront bars and picturesque town squares which allow you to simply relax and enjoy the bountiful sunshine that the area has to offer.
Fly directly from Edinburgh Airport to Almeria on the NEW Jet2.com route weekly starting from 27 April 2017.