A Guide to Almeria City

Published on 16/04/2007 in Spanish Culture

About Almeria City

You need only make a short journey from the newly-built Almeria airport, in the south-east of Spain, through panoramic countryside, to the ancient Andalusian city of Almeria itself, from which the region takes its name.

The city of Almeria (meaning "Mirror of the Sea") is located on a sheltered bay, and dominated by a magnificent Moorish fortress, known as the "Alcazaba", which dates back to the 10th century, and sits atop a mountain overlooking the city. This lofty vantage point also offers views of another outstanding monument, the 16th century cathedral, fortified to withstand the ravages of pirates. The cathedral contains many significant art treasures, including an 18th century tabernacle designed by Ventura Rodriguez.

The cathedral lies right at the heart of the old town, which is quiet and peaceful, with a delightful collection of medieval architecture and many pleasant surprises. The town museum is housed in the former town hall in the old town.

"La Chanca" is a charming district, still home to fishermen and gypsies, with gaily painted, cuboid houses and cave dwellings.

Despite it obvious historical significance, and the fact that it remains largely undisturbed by international tourism, Almeria is still very much a lively and largely modern Spanish city, offering the range of places of interest and activities that you would expect from an emerging holiday resort.

It has, for example, a ferry terminal, a marina and a working fishing port, together with a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants. "La Rambla" is an attractive, and long, main street - principally a shopping boulevard - with parks and fountains along its length. Almeria is renowned for the quality of its local produce, and, naturally enough for a sea port, there is an emphasis on fish and seafood.

Almeria is the Andalucian city which receives the highest number of days of sunshine a year, in excess of 320, so, as you might expect, its climate is sunny, warm and dry. It also has many coastal resorts from which to choose your perfect holiday destination.

Property Rental in Almeria

There is a strong, buoyant and competitive market for apartments to rent in Costa Almeria which come in many different forms, suitable for almost all tastes and budgets. Whether you're seeking a simple apartment, townhouse, or villa - these are all available for rent, directly from the owner - all with modern conveniences, and some with private or communal swimming pools and gardens.

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