Almeria has a hot and dry climate, the warmest and driest on the continent, with rainfall pretty infrequent even during winter and practically non-existent in the summer. Daytime highs in the summer months are around 33°C, although hot winds can increase this as high as 38°C. Evenings stay warm, with nightly lows around 24°C, so make sure you get air conditioning in your hotel in Almeria! Winter temperatures hover around 18°C and tend to drop to around 10°C in the nights.
Unsurprisingly, tourists head to Almeria all summer long, with the peak season coinciding with the school holidays. Although Almeria isn't a huge hotspot yet, it's best to book accommodation and car hire nice and early to get a good price and avoid any shortages. Spring and autumn are still great times to go, particularly if you prefer slightly cooler weather, and with great deals at this time of year you can make your money go a lot further. If you're more interested in the natural beauty of the area rather than topping up your tan then winter is perfect, as it'll be much less crowded.
Andalucia is known for its festivals, with Carnival (Shrove Tuesday) popular throughout the region. In Almeria, the year's festivities start early, on the 2nd January with the Procession of the Virgin of the Sea. Midsummer Night also brings big celebrations, with bonfires, fireworks, music and dancing. The largest festival of all is in August, when the Fair of Almeria takes over the city for 10 days with food, events, music, dancing, bullfighting and pottery.