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The 10 best things to do in Almería

A visit to the province of Almería offers the essentials for a perfect vacation. Venture into its rugged landscape to explore its natural wonders, cast away your cares along its swathes of sublime beaches, and mingle with the locals in the historical city of Almería.

Museum of Almería

Museum of Almería

Thanks to the prehistoric findings in the region by Belgian engineer Luis Sirat in 1880, the museum houses the largest and most impressive archaeological collection in Almería.

La Alcazaba

La Alcazaba

Founded by Cordoba caliph Abd ar-Rahman in 995 AD, it's the second largest Moorish fortress in Spain. You'll have sweeping views of the cave quarter of Barrio de la Chanca below.

Almeria Cathedral

Almeria Cathedral

It looks like a fortress from the outside, but it's a beautiful cathedral inside. The reason for its robust construction was to protect its treasures from Barbary pirate raids.

The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata

The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata

The park covers 310 square miles, with 16 hiking trails of various degrees, miles of unspoiled beaches and lookout points, such as Mirador de los Muertos, along the coast.

Sorbas Caves
Photo: Roberto Lumbreras@Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sorbas Caves

Located in the Gypsum Karst Natural Park, there are three guided tours a day through this amazing, subterranean world, replete with stalactites, stalagmites and gypsum crystals.

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada

Spain's largest national park is not only a place to hit the winter slopes, but also a location to explore its wild beauty and whitewashed villages that punctuate the hillsides.

Mountains and Valleys

Mountains and Valleys

The province boasts seven mountain ranges with stunning nature, and the Almanzora Valley is lush with olive and fruit groves and quaint Spanish towns. It's a rural tourism paradise.

Costa de Almería

Costa de Almería

The expansive coastline is famous for its sun-drenched shores, and surprisingly you may have a spot all to yourself. The beaches of Almeria Bay are at the city's front door.

Mini Hollywood

Mini Hollywood

Yes, there's one here in the Tabernas Desert. Its open and arid landscape has provided scenes for Westerns and Hollywood blockbusters, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.



The Alhambra was not only a fortress, but also a palace and small city. The gardens of the Palacio de Generalife date to the 14th century and are the oldest from the Moorish era.

Planning Your Almeria Visit

How many days to spend in Almeria?

If you want to see the city of Almería, explore the region's mountains, relax on the beaches and make a trip to the Alhambra, then give yourself at least 10 days, if not two weeks.

Getting around

If you stay in the city of Almería, you can see the city's attractions by foot. However, the most convenient and independent way to travel around the region is to rent a car, especially if you plan to go into the mountainous areas and traverse its extensive coastline.

Where to stay in Almeria

Accommodations in Almería's city center make it convenient to see its top attractions. You'll find hotels and resorts in towns along the Almerían coast for that perfect beach holiday.

Tickets and opening hours for the Alhambra

There are two sessions during the day: 8:30AM - 2:00PM and from 2:00PM - 8:00PM. When purchasing tickets online, you'll find that there are different packages to reserve for a visit to the Alhambra. Keep in mind that you should allow yourself a good two hours to drive from the city of Almería to Granada.

Good to know

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  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    If you plan to visit top attractions, such as the Alhambra, then visiting in the shoulder season (spring and fall) are best to avoid the long wait times the peak crowds bring. May, June and September will provide you plenty of sunshine but fewer tourists than in the hottest months of July and August.

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What people are saying about Almeria

Worth doing. Very interesting experience

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable. Multilingual speaker. A must do if in this area as you see and learn things you would not normally get the chance to experience, in this only desert in Europe.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure Reviewed by helen, 12/03/2018

Great experience if you love movies and nature

We had a great guide. She told everything in both Spanish and English and did her best to make it a good experience for the participants. For me, this was a great activity!

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure Reviewed by Laszlo, 09/18/2016

Excellent and informative guide. Thank you Cristina

What a fascinating and informative trip, great value for money. Cristina your knowledge and attention is excellent. Thank you for a lovely experience.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure Reviewed by Robert, 07/30/2016

Throughly enjoyable and very informative. Fabulous views.

Land Rover tour of about five different desert locations each with different formations. All had been used as film locations as well so we got to hear about what had been filmed in each location.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure Reviewed by Amanda, 09/06/2015

The best way to experience the desert without getting too touristy

This was a fantastic tour of the Tabernas desert that allowed us to experience it in its true beauty without getting too touristy or entering one of the theme parks. As you can imagine, getting properly into the desert without a 4x4 is basically impossible, unless you're willing to do some major hiking (no fun in July or August), so this is a somewhat unique opportunity. Cristina was a great, informative guide and has some seriously impressive 4x4 driving skills, fearlessly going across all kinds of terrain. She is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Tabernas and gave just the right amount of info about geology and the Westerns filmed, allowing for some time for us to explore each area without being over-bearing like a lot of tour guides tend to be.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure Reviewed by Sarah, 08/02/2014