Almería is an open history book for the visitor, a guide through the ages with footprints that have been left on this land over the passing of time. This hospitable and open city is a result of the succession of civilizations, of the mixture of settlers who have succeeded through the centuries.
The Alcazaba fortress is a great symbol from Muslim Almería, the emblematic landmark overlooking the city from up high. From its lofty position, it announces those that arrive by land, sea or air; standing proud and remaining timeless. This is the largest standing fortress built by the Arabs in Spain, with almost one and a half kilometers of defence walls. It consists of three walled enclosures; two of which date back to the Muslim period and another, the highest one, which was constructed on the same site as a former watch tower during the Christian period.
Since ancient times Almería has been a crossroads, a corner in the Mare Nostrum where the Phoenicians, Carthaginians,Greeks, Romans and Muslims settled and left their footprint.
Almería has close to hand the snow of the Sierra Nevada, the Desert of Tabernas, the Marine-Terrestrial Natural Park of Cabo de Gata and Sierra María Los Vélez, the wild beaches of the Levante, the crowded beaches of the Poniente, the tourist complex of El Toyo, Carboneras, Mojácar or Vera on one side and Roquetas and Almerimar on the other; the sea, the mountains, the country and the desert.
When it comes to enjoying the gastronomy, Almería has much to offer: fresh fish and seafood from the port of the city, traditional soups and stews, salads and local vegetables, like the famous “raf” tomatoes, to mention one. However, the most famous of the city are the typical tapa bars.