Cheap flights to Almeria

Tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sits the port city of Almeria. Home to a huge Arab fortress and stamped with a Moorish-flavoured feel, it’s an historic slice of Spain worth seeing. Think palm-lined streets, guitar-strumming Flamenco shows and shabby chic bars serving spicy tagines. Out of town, it’s all spaghetti-western desert landscapes, natural parks and unspoilt beaches backed by sleepy resorts loved by the locals.

At a glance

  • Language Spanish
  • Currency Euro
  • Time difference GMT+1 hour
  • Beer £2.36
  • 3-course meal £35

Moorish flavours

Peering over the golden-stone city from its hilltop home, the mighty Alcazaba is Spain’s second largest Arab fortress after nearby Granada’s Alhambra. Down in the sun-soaked heart of the city, you’ll notice a real Moorish vibe, from the spice-sprinkled tapas to the souk-like markets that pop up along the cobbles. From Almeria, you’re well placed to visit Cordoba’s 10th-century mosque too.

A quieter Costa

A stone’s throw away is the perfect city escape – the Costa de Almeria. On this unspoilt sandy shoreline, things are a little more rustic than some of Spain's other Costas. Here, you can look forward to relaxed seaside towns where life revolves around lazy lunches and bathing on the beach. Roquetas de Mar is loved for its go-slow charm, string of golden sands and nearby nature parks. Meanwhile, Mojacar’s Blue Flag strips and whitewashed cobbles mean you can relax or explore.

Wild West landscape

Famed as a setting for spaghetti western films, Almeria’s landscape is home to Tabernas - Europe’s only desert. These arid plains have seen a Hollywood hero or two in their time – James Bond, Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia, not to mention the cowboy-legend Clint Eastwood! Get into the Wild West spirit with shows and saloons at the movie-set-turned-theme-park, Oasys Mini Hollywood. There’s even an old gold mine among the rocks in Rodalquilar.