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What to Do in Almeria, Spain

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, this city also has the same name as the province in which it is located. Looking at it today, with over 100,000 acres of greenhouses that supply much of Europe with its vegetables, you wouldn’t know that it has been ravaged by siege, earthquakes, and war for a lot of its existence. Today it is a wonderful place to visit, especially with family. There is a lot of history in this beautiful city full of history. Let’s look at what to do in Almeria, Spain.

The Alcazaba

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This medieval fortress was originally built in the 10th century. It was one of the locations that was devastated by the horrible earthquake of 1522 and much of it hasn’t been rebuilt. Even though it is no longer a working structure, it can be visited as a testament to Spain’s past. The triple wall is a towering structure, the keep is magnificent, and the gardens are huge and still, to this day, splendid.

Almeria Air Raid Shelters

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The modern structure that is the entrance to the air raid shelters is deceiving. These shelters offered protection for civilians during the Spanish Civil War. The air raid shelters have been open the longest to tourists out of all air raid shelters in Europe.

The Cathedral

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This towering and impressive building was originally constructed as a mosque but was converted to a Christian Church. It was also destroyed in the earthquake of 1522 but this one was rebuilt in a Rennaissance style. However, many of the defensive structures remain as a testament to its earlier style and purposes.

Museum of Almeria

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This museum is one of the most important, one of the largest, and one of the most frequented in the city, if not the province. Not only are there exhibits featuring Muslim artifacts, but also items from Prehistoric times as well as the Iberic, Roman, and Greek eras. The most famous exhibits are those featuring items from the areas own Alcazaba, however.

Paseo de Coches

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This seaside promenade is a wonderful place to spend the day relaxing with family. You can enjoy the wonderful Mediterranean Sea air, go on a walking tour, or just relax in the shade of the trees in the many gardens in the area. You can even climb into a horse drawn carriage with your group, or a loved one, and go for a leisurely ride.

These 5 things will keep you busy in Almeria, Spain as you take in the sights, sounds, culture, and history of the area. Even if you just want to grab a taxi and tell the driver to take you on a quick, and scenic, drive around the area they know, and love, you won’t be disappointed. This area is known for being a backbone of Europe not only for what it currently provides in the form of food, but for the role it has played throughout history.

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