Almeria is a city in Andalucia, Spain. The good news for travellers is that unlike many of the other coastal resorts in this country it is not oversaturated with other tourists so you can have a less congested, more relaxing stay in hotels in Almeria than you might elsewhere, whilst still enjoying the sunniest weather the country has to offer.
There is not an overwhelming choice of departure points for Almeria flights, but they are spread across the country so you shouldn't have to travel too far. There are plenty of deals available, so check with a couple of carriers before you book. Flight times are around two hours from the south of the UK, slightly longer from more northern locations.
The airport is only seven miles from the centre of Almeria so transfers should be short. Taxis and hire cars are available, or you could jump on the local bus service, which runs regularly between the airport and locations in the city.
Local buses can get you around Almeria, although most of the locations are also accessible on foot. If you want to travel within the local area then hiring a car is probably the easiest way to do this, and for short journeys there are also taxis on hand.
Almeria train station is connected to the national network, with Granada, Cordoba and Madrid all within easy reach, and many more cities if you don't mind a few connections. Intercity buses are also prevalent and are a great way to travel along the coast where train services are lacking. If you're feeling adventurous then you can head to the ferry port and catch a boat to Melila and Nador in Morocco. Spain has excellent motorways so if you want to drive yourself then it'll be easy, just watch out for toll roads if you're sticking to a budget.
Whilst the beaches, restaurants, cafes and bars are generally most attractive to holidaymakers, if you fancy stretching your legs there is a lot more to see. The Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Encarnacion provides an ecclesiastical look at the city and if you want to head out of the city there is the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Reserve which has many isolated beaches to explore after Almeria flights.
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.
€ Euros. ATMs tend to offer the best rates, but some independent agents also offer good deals, although you might want to shop around a little with this method. Be sure to check your bank's rates on foreign ATM withdrawals before you go though as costs can mount up.
Spanish. Since Almeria's not an overly touristy destination don't expect people to speak English away from the main tourists areas.
+34 for Spain followed by 950 for Almeria
Spain is part of the EU so British Citizens only need a valid passport to enter.
Tear yourself away from the beach and head up to the Alcazaba, amazing views abound
Cabo de Gato National Park makes a great day trip - and the sunsets aren't bad either!
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