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About Almeria

A pretty and largely modern city, Almeria is the capital of the Spanish province bearing the same name. Occupied first by the Phoenicans then the Carthagians, the Romans and the Moors, it has an interesting and diverse history. Situated in the middle of the bay, facing the Mediterranean Sea, the area offers a selection of fine sandy beaches and coves.

Standing atop the mountain, which provides the backdrop to the city, is the Alcazaba or Arab Fortress, built in 995, which commands some magnificent views. The reinforced cathedral, with its unique blend of Renaissance and Gothic architecture, was also once a fortress.

Stroll through St Nicholas Salmeron Park then head up towards the caves in the old gypsy quarter. Alternatively, shop in the charming old town for fine leather and sample local wines and local specialities. Venturing inland you can explore the verdant countryside, still dotted with Moorish remains, from where it was part of the historic kingdom of Granada.

 

Shore excursions in Almeria

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Almeria and Cabo De Gata

Activity high

Duration: 4¼ hours

City and nature combine here with a visit to the wonderful wetlands of Cabo de Gata and the intriguing Moorish town of Almeria.

Cabo de Gata is the major ecological attraction in Almeria. Contrasting dramatically with the arid, volcanic inland mountains, the shoreline is composed of sand dunes and salt pans, making it the leading wetlands in the Almeria province.

Back in Almeria city, the tree-lined boulevards, landscaped squares and dazzling white houses give it a Moroccan flavour. The centre still consists of distinctly Mudejar flat-roofed houses amidst a maze of narrow, winding alleys, which are now mostly framed by modern apartment blocks.

Enjoy a walk through the town, passing the outside of the Gothic Style Cathedral and taking a stroll through the local market. The Alcazaba is embedded in the hillside and provides a stunning backdrop to the town, admire the fortress as you pass by.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours’ total walking during this tour including some uneven ground and cobblestones.

Almeria City Walk and Tapas

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit highlights of the city on a walking tour, before experiencing Almeria like a true local with some wine and tapas.

Almeria has tree-lined boulevards and gardened squares, whilst its dazzling white houses give it a Moroccan flavour. The city centre still consists of distinctly Mudejar flat-roofed houses, set in a maze of narrow, winding alleys, now framed by modern apartment blocks.

Join your guide for a walk through the centre of town to visit the immense Arab fortress. The Alcazaba dates from the early 10th century and dominates Almeria, covering the whole of the town’s hillside. Attractive gardens have been laid out inside the fortress and, from the top there are splendid views of the town and coastline.

You’ll also visit the Cathedral Fortress. Dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, the Fortress was built in its form as a defence against the raids of the barbary pirates. Its buttressed design gives it the look of a castle, but overall the design is gothic with some classical touches.

At a typical tapas bar, you’ll sample some tapas washed down with a glass of wine.

Essential information

This tour is entirely on foot from the quay. There is approximately 2¼ hours’ total walking during this tour including uneven ground, cobblestones and approximately 200 steps at the Alcazaba. Due to the size of the tapas bar it is unlikely that there will be enough seating for everyone.

Highlights and Flamenco

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3 hours

See the highlights of Almería before soaking up the atmosphere of a local tavern with Spanish tapas, flamenco dancing and music.

A visit to Andalusia would not be complete without seeing a performance of flamenco with a taste of local tapas.

First take a panoramic drive around Almería where one of the sights you’ll see is the impressive Iron Structure of the English Cable built in 1904 which was used for the transport, storage and shipment of ore.

Next you’ll stop in the city centre for a walking tour where your guide will point out many of the interesting and historic sites of Almería. Free time will be offered to browse the shops or relax in one of the many cafés.

Take a short drive towards La Peña el Morato which is the location of the authentic flamenco performance. Flamenco is the music of Spanish gypsies, influenced by both western and Moorish sources. Sit back and drink in a traditional performance of balletic dances, haunting ballads and fiery guitar music. While enjoying the music and wine, you will also have a taste of local Spanish tapas – small plates of cheese, ham, tomatoes with olive oil.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour.

Mojacar

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Discover the town of Mojacar, a white-washed village stunningly situated on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean.

Your journey to Mojacar will take you through the Tabernas Desert and the villages of Tabernas and Sorbas, with its natural protected area.

Mojacar is a white-washed Moorish village, typical of the region and located on a hill at the foot of the Sierra de Cabrera. Following the ancient route to the city, you will arrive at ‘Puerto de la Ciudad’ – the City Gate. From a distance, the cubic houses hide the maze of narrow streets, ramps and small squares in its centre. Join your guide to explore the intriguing alleyways of this romantic old town.

At the top of the village, admire a fantastic view of the Mediterranean coast and the beaches below. Enjoy some free time for shopping or taking in the views before returning to Almeria.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 ¾ hours’ total walking during this tour including some inclines, uneven ground and cobblestones.

Scenes of Andalucia

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

Sit back and relax as you view some of the wonderful scenery of Andalucia from the comfort of your coach.

Join this tour for a fascinating trip through the most intimate rural culture of Andalusia, peppered with some superb views of the ‘Sierra Granadina’ – the mountain chain of Granada.

You will begin with a panoramic orientation of Almeria city before joining the highway to cross the Tabiernas desert. Arriving at the Calahorra, enter the south skirt of Sierra Nevada where the landscape will begin to change. Leave behind the aridity of the desert to cross mountains splashed with white washed villages. A photostop will be made at Puerto de la Ragua so you can capture the scenery.

This tour allows an ideal opportunity to go deep into the countryside and drive past typical Andalusian villages, embedded in the mountains, where time seems to have come to a standstill.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves driving along some narrow, winding roads. The port of La Ragua is at an altitude of 2,000 meters. In winter the area is usually snowy and road closures may occur.

 

A selection of cruises to Almeria

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