Things to do in Almeria

Our most recommended things to do in Almeria

Almería: Visit to the shelters of the Spanish Civil War

1. Almería: Visit to the shelters of the Spanish Civil War

Get to know the refuges of the Spanish Civil War in Almería. Some 4.5-kilometer underground galleries were built to shelter about 40,000 people during bombings. With this visit you will be able to see nearly 1 kilometer of galleries with a guide telling anecdotes about their hidden histories. Admire a small hospital with an operating room, as well as one of the private rooms where, if you look at the walls, you will see works art that children left behind. Descend 9 meters underground, or, if you are brave, a full 16 meters, and discover an old and fascinating pantry. A unique, unmissable experience.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

2. Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

Enjoy a 4WD adventure in Europe’s only desert landscape on this scenic drive through the Tabernas Desert, situated between the Sierra de los Filabres and the Sierra de Alhamilla. Boasting over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, annual rainfall of a mere 200 millimeters and temperatures ranging from 23° F to 118° F (-5°C to 48°C), the gray tones of the desert’s gullies, ravines, and other geological formations turn golden when the sun rests on them at sunset. Essential to the history of cinema in Almeria, Tabernas Desert served as a location for hundreds of movies, including “Lawrence of Arabia.” Dozens of spaghetti westerns, such as “A Fistful of Dollars, “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” gave rise to an era of rampant shooting. Adventure stories war films, and science fiction films have all made use of the landscape, including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Conan the Barbarian", "Game of Thrones", or "The Crown". Marvel at the desert’s similarity to the American badlands, and the deserts of north Africa and Arabia. En route, you will learn about the geological formation of this extraordinary place, including the flora and fauna that somehow manage to survive there.

Almeria: Horse Riding Tour Through the Tabernas Desert

3. Almeria: Horse Riding Tour Through the Tabernas Desert

Unleash your inner cowboy on a guided horseback ride into the Tabernas Desert. Stop along the route to learn about the natural environment, nature, geology, history, and cinema. On arrival at the ranch, be welcomed by the guide who will provide you with your equipment and introduce you to your horse. Once ready you will receive a short training session to get to grips with animal-friendly horse riding. Then, everyone will set off on a tour tailored to the participants' level, supervised by an instructor. Follow the "Desierto de Ley" route for an introduction to the desert. Cross an open area of desert, with views of the mythical "Llano del Búho" and "La Tortuga". Ride through these unique landscapes and admire their geological formations. See where hundreds of film and TV productions have been filmed, such as Indiana Jones, Game of Thrones, Exodus, The Sisters Brothers, or The Crown among many others. Later, return to the ranch, where you will say goodbye to your horse.

Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

4. Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

Walk, climb and crawl the galleries of the gypsum mineral natural cave in Sorbas and admire the reflection of crystals when they receive the light from your helmet. Marvel the effect water erosion and the passage of time have had on the plaster rock. Explore the Yeso Cave with a specialized guide. The Barranco del Infierno Cave, as it is also known, was formed thousands of years ago and was the first cave complex to be discovered. See first-hand the effect of water on the shaping of rocks. The underground karst system of Sorbas collects rain and floodwater and drains it through the galleries.

Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

5. Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

Start your coastal cruise in the traditional fishing port of Carboneras. Sail to la Cala del Corral and las Salinicas. Admire the crystal-clear waters and volcanic cliffs of Playa de los Muertos.  Then, navigate the Cabo de Mesa Roldan. See its fossilized coral reef and the Mesa Roldán Lighthouse. Continue on to Cala Puente, Cala Sorbas, and Cala Castillo until you arrive at the small fishing town of Agua Amarga. Marvel at the best views of this small town from the sea. Drop anchor at the secluded Cala de Enmedio. Swim and snorkel in its clear waters before heading back to the port of Carboneras.

Almería: Cathedral and Monastery of Las Puras Guided Tour

6. Almería: Cathedral and Monastery of Las Puras Guided Tour

Get to know the incredible history of Almeria's religious landmarks on this guided visit. Learn about hundreds of years of history as you tour the imposing Cathedral-Fortress, then walk among the cloisters of the Monastery of Las Puras. Meet your guide and get ready to discover medieval Almeria through a tour of 2 of its most famous buildings. Begin at the cathedral with a tour of the building. Hear all about its history, how it was built, and listen to mysterious stories about it from across time. Marvel at its mix of architectural styles with elements from late Gothic to Neoclassical. Appreceiate the unique combination of a cathedral and fortress as you tour the interiror parade ground. Discover small chapels inside the Girola and pause to admire the magnificent choir. Next, head for the 16th-century cloistered Monastery of Convento de las Puras. Feel the weight of over 500 years of history as you tour its rooms and appreciate its unique atmosphere of tranquility.

Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

7. Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

Get to know the magnificent Cabo de Gata and Níjar Natural Park from the sea. Explore the coastline by kayak before snorkeling in the clear waters an observing the underwater landscape. Before embarking, learn basic paddling and kayaking techniques and listen to safety instructions. Venture out down the coast, spotting a number of coves and rock formation that are inaccessible by land and only visible from the sea. Navigate in and out of rocky caves. Get up close to sheer volcanic cliffs. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the natural park, one of most protected areas in Spain due to ecological, historical, anthropological, and geological significance.  Stop in a hidden cove in the marine reserve to go swimming before paddling back to the beach where you started.

Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

8. Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of one of Spain's largest Alcazabas on this guided tour. In the company of an expert guide, discover the fortress' 3 internal enclosures and learn more about its history as an Arab stronghold. During your tour, visit the Towers of the Odalisque and the Gunpowder, the Tower of Mirrors, the Wall of the Candle, the Muslim reservoirs and royal baths, and the domestic dwellings. You will also have the opportunity to admire the fantastic patios and gardens with their luxurious water pools, as well as the walls of Jairán and the Cerro de San Cristóbal. Finally, admire panoramic views of the city and the seaport from the Baluarte del Saliente.

Almeria: Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour

9. Almeria: Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour

Join a guided tour through one of the largest underground shelters built during the Spanish Civil War. Learn about the site from a guide and explore the network along the Paseo de Almeria. Discover one of the largest Civil War Refuges in Spain, built by Guillermo Langle to protect the population of Almeria during the Spanish Civil War. Travel through about 1 km of underground galleries that run along the Paseo de Almeria. Admire the feats of engineering that made this shelter possible, a marvelous work by engineers that makes this shelter one of the most well-known and largest shelters in Spain and Europe.

Full-Day Western Theme Park Tour of Mini Hollywood (Oasys)

10. Full-Day Western Theme Park Tour of Mini Hollywood (Oasys)

Enjoy an action-filled, unforgettable day in the Far West! Spend an extraordinary day in the famous Tabernas Desert at the Western Theme Park, Oasys (formerly known as Mini Hollywood). Experience entertaining performances, explore the Zoo, go for a swim in the pools, and simply enjoy your relaxation in the bars and restaurants. Set off towards the Tabernas Desert from your agreed pick-up time from your hotel, arriving at the Oasys Theme Park (formerly known as Mini Hollywood). The theme park was originally used as an old western film set, but was since transformed into a unique western wonderland. Step foot into the “Wild, Wild West” and appreciate the stunning scenery of the Tabernas Desert. Visit old school classrooms, the Sheriff's office and the several other historical attractions. Come face-to-face with the large variety of animals as you wander through the Zoological Reserve, and enjoy the relaxation of the pools and restaurants in the western village. Watch entertaining shows of the former hard life of the far west, scheduled daily, as you witness the Sheriff’s intervention of a western bank robbery! In the afternoon, head back to your hotel after a fun-filled day in the Tabernas desert. This tour is enjoyable for all ages!

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 933 reviews

This week in September, my partner and I did the Kayak + Snorkel activity. We did it with Dani and Javi, lovely guys. We left very happy, because they made the activity very enjoyable. It was not the first time that I had done a kayak activity with a company and it had nothing to do with it. They took us through caves and explained many things of interest about the Cabo de Gata natural park and we made a stop to snorkel at Playazo de Rodalquilar. And at the beginning they explained to us how to use the paddle and what to do in any circumstance for people who were taking a kayak for the first time. They made us feel safe and we had fun with them. It was a very fun and entertaining experience.

An experience I had always wanted to try.....I wasn't disappointed. The 2 guides were friendly, helpful & knowledgable. After a quick lesson we set off from a beautiful cove in Las Negras and kayaked along the coast, into a cave & onto another cove for swimming. The scenery was spectacular & it was a great feeling to sit on the waves.

The tour is amazing. The horses are well trained and walk the tour automatically. It was the first time for me on a horse and I didn't have any problems. You will pass beautiful locations and learn a lot about movies of Tabernas desert.

A way to get to know the Volcanic Coast of Carboneras and its surrounding coves and take a bath in its waters is priceless

A piece of the history of Spain worth remembering and not being forgotten.