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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.

Cabo de Gata: Boat Tour to 5 Coves

2. Cabo de Gata: Boat Tour to 5 Coves

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.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

3. Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

Enjoy a 4WD adventure in Europe’s only desert landscape on this 2-hour 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, an 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 “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” and “Conan the Barbarian.” 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.

Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

4. 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.

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

5. 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!

Almeria: Horse Riding Tour Through the Tabernas Desert

6. Almeria: Horse Riding Tour Through the Tabernas Desert

Unleash your inner cowboy on a guided horseback ride of the Tabernas Desert. Stop along the route to learn about the natural environment, nature, geology, history, and cinema. Meet your guide at the tourist office; they will then take you to the ranch. On arrival at the ranch, receive your helmet and body protector, and meet your horse. If you're a beginner, enjoy 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, 1 kilometer from Tabernas, 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, and The Crown. Later, return to the ranch, where you will say goodbye to your horse.

Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

7. 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.

Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour

8. Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour

At nightfall, walk through the historical center of Almeria. Discover the unique legends, mysteries and charming love stories that are hidden in the palaces, squares and monuments of the city. Exploring Almeria by night offers a different way to discover the city. Your professional will tell you about the history and characters of Almeria as you walk through the narrow streets. Recommended for all those people who want to learn something new, have fun and soak up the local atmosphere of this quaint city on Spain’s southern coast.

Daytrip to Cabo de Gata–Nijar Natural Park

9. Daytrip to Cabo de Gata–Nijar Natural Park

Tucked into the south-eastern corner of Spain lies one of the few remaining unspoiled stretches of the Mediterranean coast: Cabo de Gata. Spend a day exploring this untouched region with a day-long bus trip to Cabo de Gata–Nijar Natural Park Accompanied by your guide, you will be transported to a captivating landscape of dizzying cliffs, ruined castles, volcanic rock formations, coral reefs, pristine beaches and hidden coves - all virtually unchanged since the days of the Phoenicians. Mermaid Reef, the fishing village of La Isleta del Moro, and the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata are but a few of the many highlights of this tour. Featuring one of the most beautiful coastlines of the Mediterranean and vast ecological diversity, Cabo de Gata is, without a doubt, one of Europe's last areas of untouched nature.

Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

10. Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

Walk, climb and crawl the galleries of the plaster cave of 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.

Frequently asked questions about Almeria

What top attractions are a must-see in Almeria?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Almeria?

    If you want to see the city of Almería, explore the region's mountains, relax on the beaches and make a trip to the Alhambra, then give yourself at least 10 days, if not two weeks.

  • Getting around

    If you stay in the city of Almería, you can see the city's attractions by foot. However, the most convenient and independent way to travel around the region is to rent a car, especially if you plan to go into the mountainous areas and traverse its extensive coastline.

  • Where to stay in Almeria

    Accommodations in Almería's city center make it convenient to see its top attractions. You'll find hotels and resorts in towns along the Almerían coast for that perfect beach holiday.

  • Tickets and opening hours for the Alhambra

    There are two sessions during the day: 8:30AM - 2:00PM and from 2:00PM - 8:00PM. When purchasing tickets online, you'll find that there are different packages to reserve for a visit to the Alhambra. Keep in mind that you should allow yourself a good two hours to drive from the city of Almería to Granada.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    If you plan to visit top attractions, such as the Alhambra, then visiting in the shoulder season (spring and fall) are best to avoid the long wait times the peak crowds bring. May, June and September will provide you plenty of sunshine but fewer tourists than in the hottest months of July and August.

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What people are saying about Almeria

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 589 reviews

Great trekking despite the weather not being very kind! The horses were quality and well schooled so responded to the smallest touch. Really interesting to see the landscape that has been the backdrop to so many famous films. Super guides, Theo and Lolli

Genial! Todo fantástico y nuestra guía muy amable y con mucho conocimiento de la zona. Paramos en muchos puntos de interés del desierto y la guía nos iba enseñando fotos de escenas de los rodajes. Unos paisajes increíbles. Totalmente recomendable!

I really liked the gardens and walking through each part of the Alcazaba and learning about its history. The guide Ángela explained everything very well and the visit was enjoyable.

The activity was very good. The girl was very attentive and adapted the guide to our needs. To repeat!'n

Very good attention from the guide, interesting, pleasant and close