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About Almeria

Almeria is often overlooked by tourists, but in doing so, they are missing out. Steeped in a heady mix of Moorish and Renaissance architecture, lined with unspoilt golden beaches and perfumed gardens. This southeastern Spanish city is the perfect destination for a family holiday, especially as the best places to stay in Almeria tend to be very reasonably priced.

Almeria is an Arabic word that means "mirror of the sea". Akin to many southern Spanish cities, it was occupied by the Moors for several centuries: in 995 CE, the Caliph of Cordoba, Abd ar-Rahman III, built a huge fortress called Alcazaba, which still stands today, turning what was a sleepy fishing village into a bustling port and commercial centre. By the 16th century, the Catholic crusaders reclaimed the city.

The Old Town has a sleepy atmosphere: cats slumber on old Moorish streets as locals congregate in sunswept ancient squares sitting idly in the shade of palm trees. At the Parque Nicolas Salmeron - built in honour of the first Almeria-born president of the Spanish Republic - you will find gorgeous landscaped gardens, ideal for aimless strolling after a long day of sightseeing.

A short walk from the Parque Nicolas Salmeron stands the cathedral in the palm-lined square. A magnificent piece of ingenious design, it was built to double-up as a fortress and the outer facade is truly enchanting to behold. Another church well worth checking out is the Santiago Church, a marvellous 15th century building. If you're interested in soaking in the tumultuous waters of Almeria's history, don't miss the Museo de Andalucia and its excellent array of archaeological finds, particularly on the upper floors.

Almeria's beaches are the envy of the rest of Spain. Glittering and golden, long and wide and unspoilt, they are ideal for long days spent sunbathing with a good book: the Playa de los Genoveses and the Playa de los Muertos are worth checking out. 30km northwest of the city lies Europe's only desert, a wild land of sand dunes, hills and arid burnt-looking mountains.

What not to miss

  • Visit the impressive 10th century Moorish castle, the Alcazaba.
  • Check out the archaeological museum.
  • Aimlessly stroll through the sweet-smelling gardens of the Parque Nicolas Salmeron.
  • Enjoy free tapas with every drink you order.
  • Explore Almeria's amazing cathedral, built to double up as a fortress - the only one of its kind in Europe.
  • Lounge and sunbathe on one of the many beaches.
  • Head 30km northwest and walk through Europe's only desert, the driest place in contintental Europe.

Full of history, good food, golden beaches and beautiful architecture, Almeria is the ideal place for a fun family holiday. Check out our collection of the best places to stay in Almeria to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Almeria

Value for money

  • Hotel Catedral Almeria: a stylish 4-star townhouse offering bright contemporary rooms, meeting facilities, a gastro bar and outdoor pool. Fun and family friendly.
  • Aire Hotel: an elegant and historic hotel, offering spacious rooms with high ceilings, sash windows and adorned in a minimalist style. The spa features hammam pools and thermal baths. Utterly divine and incredible value for money.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The airport has connections to both the UK and the rest of Europe.
  • If you want to rent a car we recommend contacting our partner Rentalcars.
  • Almeria is the driest place in Europe, full of sunshine. The best time to go is during the summer when the temperature ranges between 19 and 31 degrees.

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Best Hotels in Almeria

  • Hotel Catedral Almeria Almeria 20 rooms from £52

    Views  -  Great views over the city from the roof terrace
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the historical centre of Almeria
    Swimming Pool  -  Roof top pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolViewsParking

    A good Four Star option in central Almeria. An attractive townhouse with contemporary rooms, outdoor pool, gastro-bar, and meeting facilities. A stylish spot, family friendly too. See More

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  • Aire Hotel Almeria 25 rooms from £68

    Local exploring  -  Ideally positioned in the centre of Almeria's Old Town giving easy access to all the main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed old fortress, Alcabaza.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessNo pets

    An elegant hotel in the heart of this historic city. Spacious rooms are light and airy with high ceilings, large sash windows and simple contemporary furniture. A series of hammam like indoor pools and thermal baths are utterly spoiling. A relaxing spot to return to after a day's exploration. See More

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