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A guide to the the Cities, Towns and Villages of Almeria...

The province of Almería offers pleasures which are hard to come by in the Mediterranean: over 100 km. of untamed coastline, and landscapes of outstanding beauty.

The peculiarities of the landscape and the bountiful Almerían climate have made this province the perfect place to locate a substantial film industry, and the region has played host to some of the most famous stars of the screen.

Its untouched beaches in the east with their emerging nudist complexes and the larger tourist centres in the west offer a quality destination for the more demanding traveller. Its exceptional coastline borders the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Reserve, with long sandy beaches and secluded coves bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. The traditional festivities of the Moors and the Christians will transform your trip to Almería into a wonderful adventure.


CABO DE GATA NATURAL PARK

Spend a whole day walking in the Cabo de Gata in the Nijar National Park. The park is one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich coastal strips in the western Mediterranean and is the first natural land and sea park in Andalucia. The drive takes just over an hour and the route down the mountain, via Nijar, is very dramatic. The park offers walks on marked trails and tracks amongst native scrub and grasses, amidst the scent of wild lemon balm and the distinctive aromas of curry plant and herbs. You are able to follow inland trails and coastline.


GRANADA

Granada is just 2 hours away by car on the new Almeria to Seville motorway. It might prove difficult not to be seduced by the opportunity to visit the Alhambra, which stands out as the most famous example of Moorish architecture.

 

 TABERNAS

Tabernas is not only a municipality, a village, a castle, a desert. It is all that and also: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, North Africa, Arabia ... Thanks to the magic of cinema these unique, unmistakable landscapes, currently protected under the name of the Parque Natural Desierto de Tabernas, are known worldwide. Also, thanks to the movies, perhaps this unique space is valued at its fair measure that, besides all that, here is the ideal place for installing the largest European solar energy, the Plataforma Solar de Almeria, with its three thousand hours of sunshine per year.

Part of its territory belongs to the Sierra de Alhamilla natural Beauty Spot and are of great scenic and ecological interest due to its abundant vegetation (consisting of a holm oak wood which is in very good condition and reforested pine woods) and to its ornithological importance.

 

TURRE

Village situated in the east of the province between the beautiful scenery of Sierra Cabrera and the fields of crops on the coast which still preserve traces of popular architecture and an undeniable flavour for any visitor with its restaurants, bars and other tourist services.

 

VÉLEZ-BLANCO

Village situated to the north of the province, in the region of los Vález, included in the Sierra de Maria-Los Vález Natural Park, characterized by its continental Mediterranean climate, its rural mountains of calcareous and dolomitic material and its forests of pines and holm oaks. It is also known for the archeological wealth of its remains and caves as is demonstrated by the existence in this area of the cave Cueva de Ambrosio, an important example of Neolithic remains; the cave paintings in the shelters of Santonge; the Calares de Leria; that of Gabar and above all the cave Cueva de los Letreros, declared a National Monument and where there is the painting that has been converted into the symbol of Almeria: el Indalo (a man with his arms held out to his sides).

In addition to this impressive wealth, the village has an urban structure inherited from Arabic times which is very well preserved and looked after. It sets off the beauty of the place, presided over by the Renaissance style castle of which only the outside part remains given that the interior ornamentation was sold by its owner to a French antique dealer in 1903.

 

ALMERIA CITY

Situated on the bay of the same name Almeria is a luminous city, whose origins go back a long way into the past. Presided over by its impressive castle, uneven in appearance, from its battlemented parapets there is an extraordinary panoramic view of the city and the port. At the feet of the castle is the most typical district: La Chanca with its colourful and picturesque houses.

Almeria is a city that faces the sea, and for this reason the port forms part of the city in its physiognomy and its daily life. Within the port, the mineral landing pier, known as "El Cable" is especially interesting.

In the centre, the Cathedral, built as a fortress to protect the city from pirate attacks, has an interesting interior.

Furthermore you can visit the Malecon Gardens (Jardines del Malecón), the district of Muelle de Saint Pedro, Puerta de Purchena square, the old Square (Plaza Vieja) or the Virgin of the Sea Square (Plaza de la Virgen del Mar).

Almeria also has good beaches for enjoying the sun and part of its area is included in the Natural Beauty Spot Sierra de Alhamilla Natural Beauty Spot, a place of great ecological and scenic interest due to its abundant vegetation (consisting of a well-preserved holm oak wood and replanted pine woods) and for its ornithological importance.

 

BEDAR

Although we do not know when it was founded, the history of the village of Bédar goes back to the Al-Andalus period, when it was part of Vera. Serena is the oldest and most important village in the municipality. During the Al-Andalus period is was independent from Bédar, but after the Moors were expelled in 1570 it was left inhabited. In 1575 it was annexed to the municipality of Bédar. There is a mosque here which was used for many years as an olive-oil mill.

Before the Moorish uprising, Bédar was a small farmstead where 216 Moors lived. It was repopulated with 27 inhabitants from neighbouring villages, such as Vera and Mojácar, years after the expulsion. It was under the Vera jurisdiction until it became a village in 1765.

In the 19th century, there was an economic revival in Béjar, and its appearance changed because of the mining. It was the third most important mining area after Filabres and Alhamilla. It had iron, lead, zinc and copper sites, lead being the most important. It was in the Pinar, which today has become a residential estate with many refurbished buildings from the old mining village.

To transport the mineral in 1888 the first overhead cable of the province was built, which went from the Pinar to Garrucha beach, where in 1860 a blast furnace had been installed. In 1896 a railway line was also built to Garrucha, where a landing pier for the mineral had been installed. After the First World War, the mining activity gradually died down up until the thirties when it practically ended.

From the fifties onwards its principal activity has been agriculture.

 

CARBONERAS

Village situated on the eastern coast of Almeria, in a landscape made up of dry, semidesert, volcanic land, included in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. This is the first protected Andalusian natural space comprised of land and sea which includes unique scenery: the only mountains of volcanic origin on the peninsula; the coast with its dunes, beaches and saltworks, a true spectacle of nature; and lastly the mile of protected waters the bottom of which is full of sealife. In these surroundings there is the village, the origin of which lies in the construction of Saint Andrew's Castle for military use in the XVI century. A group of white luminous houses next to the cobalt blue sea. An ideal place for enjoying the sun and the beach, tranquillity and an excellent climate.

 

EL MÓNSUL

The place known as the Monsul is one of the cleanest and prettiest parts of the Sierra de Gata-Nijar Natural Park: mobile dunes, clean bays with fine sand and volcanic walls and the beautiful inlet of the same name with the fossilized dune in the centre, a sight that will stay in the memory of those who feast their eyes on this beauty spot.


AGUA AMARGA

Small fishing hamlet in a good location in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, with orchards planted around wells and pastures. Recently, houses for tourism have been built, although the village maintains its pleasant tranquil character, hidden in a landscape of high craggy cliffs dotted with coves.

 

LAS NEGRAS

Beautiful corner with spectacular geology and the atmosphere of a fishing village, situated in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, with beaches and cliffs typical to the area.

 

MOJÁCAR

Perhaps this is the most beautiful village in the province, perhaps the most exotic, perhaps the village that has best preserved its Moorish features. Mojacar, a village situated on the eastern coast of Almeria, is a beautiful village which in many details of its architecture appears to come from another time and another culture. It possesses numerous charms and tourist attractions such as the landscape and its beaches and is well worth a visit.

 

VERA

An old village, Vera is situated in the Levante of Almeria, very close to the coast. Part of its area actually includes the coast. It has a large number of buildings and points of interest such as the Town Hall, the History Museum the Church of the Encarnación, built as a fortress to protect the village from pirate invasions; ancestral homes and bourgeois houses built in the times of economic prosperity. Currently, although it is not right on the coast, its most important activity is tourism with a magnificent offer of first class facilities and infrastructure. During the summer months the ancient central plaza hosts many outdoor fiestas and concerts or Flamenco shows.

 

GARRUCHA

Pretty fishing village, the most important for this activity on all the eastern coast of Almeria. It is situated a little further north than the halfway point on the Levantine coast, in an ideal spot for enjoying its marvellous beaches, its tourist facilities and its excellent fish.

 

SIERRA DE MARÍA/LOS VELEZ

The north of Almería is a blend of scenery and cultures, where time stands still in the midst of rural and urban landscapes.

Every part of the journey is a new discovery, and you will be tempted to stop to take in every inch of the scenery: the shapes of the Maimón Mountain, the details of a stone-carved coat of arms, the fragrance of forests and wheat fields and the cave paintings at the Cueva de los Letreros, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. A whole nature reserve is waiting at the top of the route, with the added bonus of being covered in snow in the winter months. The cuisine, based on the wealth of local ingredients, is as varied as the landscape: rabbit tortas gachas (similar to pancakes), fried breadcrumbs, homemade cured meats, among others. The tortas de chicharrones (pastry dessert with sugared pork scratchings), wafers and orange ring-shaped cakes complete the menu.

 

SIERRA DE LOS FILABRES

The Sierra de los Filabres mountain range lies at the edge of the desert. This mountainous landscape is criss-crossed with forest trails, ideal for a spot of hiking. It is a meeting point of cultures, including prehistoric sites, remains of Roman aquaducts, Moorish alcazabas (castles) and whitewashed villages.


SORBAS

Village situated to the east of the province and included in the Karst en Yesos de Sorbas Natural Beauty Spot. It is positioned by a meander of the river Aguas, which its houses overhang. This river is the main feature of the Limestone Complex of the river Aguas (Complejo Kárstico del rí­o Aguas): a beautiful enclave divided by the river and a few streams that flow into it. The river crosses an extensive layer of gypsum, running through deep canyons. The rainwater has producedother effects (valleys, chasms, microplateaus) in caves such as the Agua and Covadura.