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Travel Guide to Almeria, Spain

Almeria is a capital of the province of the same name, a large port town and a famous tourist center. The rich heritage of the city is reflected in multiple historical monuments. Here you will see amazing buildings, visit entertaining museums, and attend interesting exhibitions.
Cultural sights in Almeria
A beautiful cathedral remains the main symbol of Almeria. Many years ago an old mosque was located on the site of the cathedral. In the beginning of the 16th century the mosque was completely...
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Alcazaba castle is known as the most famous sight of the city. It was built in the times, when the city was ruled by the Moors. The castle was built by order of Emir Abd al-Rahman in the 13th century. Later the castle has been rebuilt and expanded a number of times, that’s why today this is a huge architectural complex. The highest tower of this castle, Torre del Amenahe, has a viewport site, from which tourists can see a panoramic view of the city and its suburbs. Nearby the caste is located La Chunka village. It is widely known for one peculiarity – the locals have turned small caves as their houses. Today these homes are equipped with facilities and electronics, but the main work of the locals is still fishing, just as many centuries ago.
One more important medieval building is the Cathedral that was built in the middle of the 16th century. During the medieval period the city was often ambushed by pirates and the Cathedral saved lives of the locals many times. The Cathedral looks more like a castle or a fortress than a religious shrine. It was destroyed several times, so some parts of it are made in different architectural styles and the Cathedral today is a mix of gothics, classicism, and renaissance.
Cuisine of Almeria for gourmet
Menus of the restaurants that serve national cuisine will be genuinely liked by the travellers who love seafood dishes, gazpacho and delicious wine. Fried fish is particularly popular in the city. As...
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Also don’t forget to visit Templo de San Juan, the building of which took place in the 17th century. In front of the temple is located the mayor’s office. It is so beautiful and unusual that it resembles a wonderful castle. Finally, if the idea of attending archeological excavations sounds attractive for you, you should visit Gador. Several prehistoric settlements have been found in this town and archeologists continue working there.
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Almeria: Major facts

Number of inhabitants 150,000
Local currency Euro, €1 = 100 centavos
Working hours Most shops open Mon-Sat 09.00/10.00-13.30/14.00 and 17.00-20.00. Supermarkets and shopping malls are open all day, 09.00-21.00 or later. Pharmacies open Mon to Sat 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-20.00.
Banking hours are normally Mon-Fri 08.30-14.00, Sat 09.00-13.00
Related sites http://www.andalucia.com/cities/almeria.htm
http://www.andalucia.org
http://www.almeria-turismo.org
Major newspapers and journals Almería’s main daily newspaper is La Voz de Almería. Sur in English covers the Andalusian coast. Spain’s main national dailies are El País, ABC, and El Mundo
Emergency telephone numbers 112

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