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Almeria isboth a historical and modern city. Located on the coast, it has some spectacularhistorical, medieval buildings alongside some very modern ones. Its Al-Andaluslegacy can be seen everywhere, including in the surrounding villages and in itsgastronomy. Surrounded by mountinous territory it was used to film Spaghetti Westernsin the seventies.
Almeria has been inhabited since the bronze age, some ancient caves with painting on the walls still exist. The Phoenicians, theRomans, the Iberians, the Cartaginenses and the Moors all once occupied Almeriauntil it finally fell to the Spanish 'Reyes Católicos' in 1489. A visit to the city offers you the chance to visit remains from all these periods.
Almería is the lightest province in Spain with 3,127 hours of daylight a year. Its warm temperatures have contributed to its economy in 2 significant ways - agriculture and tourism.
Walks: The prettiest streets to stroll along are 'Las Ramblas', the'Paseo de Almería'. A walk around the San Nicolás Salmerónpark is also very pleasant. Las Ramblas go all the way to the port and the Almadrabillasbeach.
Palaces and Castles: La Alcazaba (Arabic fortress) -located in the historical quarter, consists of three areas:
The Alcazaba: This fortress was built on top of a hill to get a good view of the horizon so that the city could be well defended against invaders.
Remains from the Moor occupationof the city: These can be found in the historical quarter starting in 'laplaza Vieja' (the old square) where you can find the townhall, el Barrio de laChanca (the Chanca neighborhood), the San Nicolás Salmerón Park (the Alcazaba gardens), San Juan church (includes the remains of a 15th century mosque wall and a 12th century tomb) and the arabic baths.
The archeological museum; the Capitular (Chapter House) Museum; the Religious Sculptures Museum; the Morera Art Museum.
There are a number of stately homes from the Christian period which are worth visiting. They are all located in the Barrio de la Musalla (the Musalla neighborhood):
Opposite the cathedral, a very austere building with fortified towers. It has an interesting main door.
Mainly pottery and wickerwork (pottery in Níjar and Albox and marble in Mácael and Albanchez). Also good for fresh local fruit and vegetables.
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