Guide to Almeria City + Photos

After spending many Summer days in Almeria. I am sorting through hundreds of photos of the City and its province.

Some of the pictures (all taken on my Samsung S8+ phone) are pretty good and I am getting some of them printed out. I use
www.helloprint.co.uk to print my photos. As they offer different formats (poster, photos, on canvas etc.) its a practical solution.

You can use your holiday pictures for home decoration. I´m printing out two Andalusia photos from this summer for my home office. But I have also made my own personalized greetings cards too on this website.

Earlier this summer I took lots of photos in Seville. Writing up the most Instagrammable Spots in Sevilla here on the blog.

Alcazaba Fortress Almeria Spain

Fortress with Seaviews

This historic fortress is really photogenic with its sea views.  Founded in 955 you can visit this stunning monument free of charge. (EU Citizens have free entrance)  The Alcazaba is perched above the city of Almería. This imposing fortress offers spectacular views over the city and coastline.

This is the largest of all the fortresses built by the Moors in Spain. (Malaga Granada and Antequera all have their own Alcazabas still standing today)

Alcazaba de Almeria by piccavey

Alcazaba de Almeria

This was actually used as a location for Games of Thrones a few years ago. Filming at the Alcazaba de Almería in 2016 for Season 5. The set was the Capital of Dorne and the Kingdom of House Martell.

To get there walk uphill along Calle Descanso. This street leads you straight to the main entrance or take a taxi to avoid the climb.

  • Address: Calle Almanzor, Almeria
  • Opening Times: 9am to 9pm Tuesday to Sunday
  • Closed on Mondays

Casa del Cine Almeria Cinema Museum Spain

Almeria Museums

The City of Almeria has quite a few museums to visit. Archaelogy, Cinema, Photography or the Guitar Museum. They even have Spanish War Bunkers underneath the city centre. Built to protect local citizens from the air raids kilometers of tunnels are below city streets even today. Los Refugios can be visited and the entrance is next to Puerta Purchena.

Puerta Purchena Nightscene Almeria Spain

Casa del Cine de Almeria

Although the statue of John Lennon with his guitar is in the city centre. On a bench at Plaza de las Flores. The Cinema Museum is outside town and you need to go by car (or taxi) its about 3kms outside Almeria.

This is remembering that it was in Almería where he composed the song Strawberry fields forever. Lennon was in Almería for the filming of ´How I won the war´ in Autumn 1966

  • Address: Camino Romero, 1, 04009 Almería
  • Opening times:  10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday – Sunday
    Opens 5-8pm on Friday and Saturdays too.
  • Closed on Mondays

Museo de la Guitarra Almeria Guitar Museum

Almeria Guitar Museum

Opened in 2004 Almeria Guitar Museum is next to the Cathedral. Spanish Guitar Maker Antonio de Torres Jurado was born in Almeria. This museum reviews his contributions to the Spanish Guitar on the ground floor.

Known as the father of the Spanish Guitar Antonio de Torres is not exhibition in this cultural space. More technical aspects of the Spanish Guitar will interest guitar enthusiasts and music lovers too.

In the Interactive Room there is a guitar you can play when you visit.  Entrance costs 3 euros.

  • Address: Ronda del Beato Diego Ventaja, Almería
  • Opening times:  10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday – Sunday
  • Opens 5-8pm on Friday and Saturdays too. Closed on Monday

Almeria Photography Museum

Andalucia Photography Centre

The Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía is just below Almería Cathedral. The idea for this space originated the 1990´s when an International Photography Exhibition took place in the city. With 70 different collections, to commemorate the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of the Americas. 456 photos taken in Almeria by International photographers. They are still on display inside this building.
 
With temporary exhibitions of Andalusian photographers, its an important location for Visual Arts. It is also free to visit.
  • Address: C/ Pintor Diaz Molina, Almeria
  • Opening times: Daily 11am- 2pm + 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Doña Pakyta Art Museum Almeria Spain

Doña Pakyta Art Museum

This stunning building is inspired by Basque arquitecture. This home belonged to an influential local lady.  Doña Francisca Torres Diaz, known as Doña Pakyta) Her passion was conservation. We can thanks this businesswomen for the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and its current state of conservation. She was a defensor of this natural space during her lifetime and donated part of this land to the park. 

 
Almeria Art Museum is on one side of the Avenida Federico García Lorca. With seven different rooms inside, see collections of Almerian Art from the last century.  Opened in 2015 this cultural space has pieces by Jesus de Perceval and Miguel Martinez Gomez. This building dated 1928 was by architect Guillermo Langle, the same architect of Almeria´s underground tunnels.
  • Address: Plaza Emilio Pérez, 2, Almeria
  • Daily 10am to 1pm – 5pm to 8pm

Centro Interpretacion Almeria Museum Plaza Vieja

Centro de Interpretación

At Plaza Vieja this museum is probably one of the best places to get a panoramic view of the city (apart from the Fortress of course) The Centro de Interpretación de Patrimonio de Almeria is a modern building tucked into a corner of the square.

The rooftop terrace has 360º views of the city.

 

You can even see the old city wall from here. This museum shows the historic timeline of the city.  As you begin on the ground floor and move up the different floors you see the importance of the port and the different industries of the region. (Agriculture, fishing, mining etc)

  • Address: Plaza Vieja, Almeria
  • 10.30am to 1.30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
  • 5pm to 8pm Fridays & Saturdays
  • Closed on Mondays

Refugios Almeria Bunkers Spain

Spanish Civil War Bunkers

Los Refugios entrance is right in the city centre. With the visitor centre next to Puerta Purchena. This network of underground shelters from the 1930s were used in the Spanish Civil War. Kilometers of tunnels were built by local men under the city streets. It´s the best example of war shelters in Europe.

You can take a guided tours down into the tunnels. Discover how these bunkers helped the locals survive bombings in the city of Almeria.

With 4.5 kilometres in length (just under 3 miles) around 40,000 civilians could be sheltered when full. Almeria was bombed in 54 raids and 754 bombs hit the city. So this construction made a huge difference to the local population during these difficult times.

  • Plaza Manuel Pérez García, 1, Almería
  • Opening times: 10.30am to 1.30pm + 5pm to 8pm Tuesdays to Sunday
  • Closed on MondaysPlaza Catedral Almeria Spain

Almeria Cathedral

The Cathedral in Almería is unique in design as it is a fortified Cathedral. With its fortress style architecture on the outside, the interior is done in a Gothic and Rennasiance style. Built in the 16th century it was designed to prevent attacks and also with stand earthquakes.

The previous Cathedral was ruined by a strong earthquake and Almeria was an easy target for Berber pirates and Algerian looters.

Almeria Spain Sol PortoCarrero

Sol de Portocarrero

On one side of the Cathedral, high up on the wall, you can see this Sun emblem. Known by locals as the Sol de Portocarrero, this is the symbol of Almeria.

As the bishop who comissioned this was actually Villalán. As he was the bishop at the time of the construction of the cathedral. Therefore it should be called Sol de Villalán. Things got mixed up over the years. Bishop Portocarrero was in Almeria much later than the sun symbol design. (17th century)

Inside Almeria Cathedral Spain

Catedral de la Encarnación de Almería

Inside the Cathedral there are a mix of architectural details. This altar is from 18th century in the Baroque and Rennaisance style. Sadly this Cathedral has suffered damage throughout its history. Different areas of the building have been done up over the centuries.

The cloister is absolutely stunning. Such a peaceful spaces with a white arches along the entire courtyard.

  • Address: Plaza de la Cathderal, Almeria
  • Opening times & Guided tours:  Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm
  • Open Saturdays and Sundays will varied timetables.
  • Times alter depending on season and religious calendar. Please check catedralalmeria.com for exact details.

Cable Ingles Gustave Eiffel Almeria Spain

Mineral Platform

Probably the most iconic sight in Almeria. This is called the English Cable by locals. This loading platform moved minerals onto cargo ships in the 19th century. Built by using techniques by Gustave Eiffel this unique industrial monument is beautifully lit up at night.

Iron Ore, Silver and Copper loads came from the Alquife Mines in Northern Granada by train. They could be directly loaded onto ships with this platform saving time and effort.

Puerta Purchena Almeria Spain

Aire de Almeria

One of the most decadent Urban Spas I´ve been to so far is Aire de Almeria. I tried their Wine Experience treatment. 

Located in Plaza Vieja this feels like a Hammam yet it has lots of modern touches like a Spa does. Water jets, beauty treatments and smart interiors.

Its a good option especially if you are in the area for a few days and want to unwind after walking around the Alcazaba.

Sunset in Almeria by piccavey

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