Cruise Port Atlas | Almeria, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Almeria, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Almeria: Windstar, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Celebrity, Holland America

Key Attractions: Alcazaba, Air-raid shelters, Almeria Cathedral, San Cristobal Castle, Cable Ingles, Paseo de Coches, El Playazo Beach, Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar, Los Genoveses, El Monsul, Playa de San Miguel, Playa de los Muertos, Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Park, Tabernas Desert, Sorbas Cave, Mini-Hollywood, Alhambra Palace, Alhabia, Alhama, Laujar de Andarax, Alboloduy, La Calahorra Castle, Mojacar

Almeria Attractions

Almeria Cruise Terminal to Paseo de Coches / Salmaron Park - 0.2 KM, 3 minute walk
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Cable Ingles - 2.6 KM, 4 minutes, 5 minute walk
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Cathedral - 3 KM, 6 minutes, 6 minute walk
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Alcazaba / San Cristobal Castle - 3 KM, 6 minutes, 20 minute walk
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Air Raid Shelters / Jayran Wells - 3 KM, 6 minutes, 12 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Taxis take a circuitous route to most of the city's attractions so walking is often the best option for accessing the attractions within the city limits. Northwest of the port is castle park which contains the impressive Alcazaba, built shortly after the city was established at the turn of the 11th century AD. It is easy to access by hiking up the hill from various directions and offers great views. Adjacent to the Alcazaba is the ruined Castle of San Cristobal. Just east of the port is the curious Cable Ingles (neither English nor a cable), a huge metal machine built to allow the loading of coal into ships and now an early 20th century relic. Within the old town is the Cathedral which was originally a mosque and built to offer refuge to the population when the city was besieged by pirates. Nearby are the largest Air Raid shelters in Europe from the Spanish Civil War. The city has two interesting museums: the Almeria (archaeological) Museum and the Cinema Museum.

              

   

Photo of Alcazaba Castle by ANE, Photo of San Cristobal Memorial by Schumi4ever

Almeria Beaches

Almeria Cruise Terminal to Aguadulce - 10 KM, 11 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Roquetas de Mar - 20 KM, 21 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Playa de San Miguel - 33 KM, 36 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to El Monsul Beach - 46 KM, 53 minutes (plus a short hike)
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Los Genoveses Beach - 48 KM, 55 minutes (plus a short hike)
Almeria Cruise Terminal to El Playazo - 64 KM, 47 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Playa de los Muertos - 77 KM, 52 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The popular urban beach areas at Aguadulce and the larger Roquetas de Mar are a short drive from Almeria and offer lovely beaches with all the amenities. However, the area is more famous for the undeveloped and scenic coast offered by the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Park. The closest to Almeria is the long straight beach at San Miguel which offers limited amenities and views of the the salt lagoon where flamingos and other water bird stop during their summer migrations. For stunning scenery and isolation the beaches at El Monsul and Los Genoveses are great choices, but you will have to hike there as roads are intentionally lacking. Early arrival is recommended. Only slightly more accessible is the Playazo beach, which according to some sources attracts naturists. A little farther on is the famous Playa de los Muertos with its dramatic rock formations and long pebbled beach.

        

   

Photos of Los Genoveses (top) and El Monsul (bottom) by Martyn Thompson

Cabo de Gata Nature Park / Tabernas Desert

Almeria Cruise Terminal to Cabo de Gata - 30-80 KM, 30-60 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Tabernas Desert - 30 KM, 22 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Sorbas Cave - 65 KM, 48 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The region of Almeria is one of the driest in Europe. In addition ancient volcanic activity has created a moonlike terrain which will appeal to many nature lovers. The Tabernas Desert became the wild west of America in many films and visitors can hike, bike or ride in air-conditioned buses to experience the flora and fauna of the area. The coastal Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Park is the site of geothermal and volcanic activity which has created a dramatically craggy terrain popular with hikers and beachgoers. Like the desert US Southwest, this area features dry river beds and rock formations of red, orange and yellow. Along the coast are saltpan marshes and a coastal reserve area. The Park was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its unique natural features. Near the town of Sorbas are caves open to the public which feature some of the largest gypsum rocks in the world.

        

   

Photo of Cabo de Gata shoreline by Martyn Thompson, Photo of Tabernas Desert by Reguera

Alhambra (Red Palace)

Almeria Cruise Terminal to Alhambra Palace (Granada) - 160 KM, 1 hour 45 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Begun in the middle of the 13th century by Ibn Nasr, founder of the Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra was the last and greatest flowering of Moorish architecture. Built on a hill in the city of Granada, the complex is a series of quadrangles surrounded by colonnades with intricately carved arches leading into the rooms and chambers of the palace. The exterior of the palace is plain, but the interior contains stunningly ornate carved ceilings and arches. Within the courtyards are gardens dominated by pools and fountains, the most famous of which is the Fountain of the Lions. The entire complex has a reddish glow, reflecting the red clay on which the palace was built. After the re-conquest of Spain in 1492, the palace was used for some state functions by Ferdinand and Isabella, including perhaps their audience with the Italian ship captain, Christopher Columbus. The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, built a large palace on the grounds of the Alhambra in the 16th century.

Adjacent to the Alhambra is the Generalife Palace and Gardens. The formal gardens contain a large variety of flowering trees and bushes, with hedges trimmed to form arches and towering walls of foliage. Palm trees and enormous cypresses border paved paths edged with irrigation channels. After centuries of neglect these gardens were entirely overgrown until they were re-designed in the mid-20th century in Andalusian style.

              

   

Photo of Alhambra ceiling details by Liam987, Photo of Court of the Lions by comakut

White-washed Villages

Almeria Cruise Terminal to Alhama - 30 KM, 26 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Alhabia - 33 KM, 34 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Alboloduy - 40 KM, 40 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Los Millares - 24 KM, 22 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to Laujar de Andarax - 66 KM, 60 minutes
Almeria Cruise Terminal to La Calahora - 99 KM, 59 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Within the province of Almeria are many white-washed mountain villages, less famous than some in southwest Spain, but also serene and pristine. These mountain villages date back to the Medieval era when the Moors ruled much of Spain and retain a distinct Arab character. The town of Alhama de Almeria is famous for its mosque/church which is now dedicated to St. Nicolas, for the local wines and as the birthplace as Nicolas Salmeron Alonso who was briefly President of the First Spanish Republic. Nearby are the smaller towns of Alhabia and Alboloduy, each with long histories and rustic charm. Nearby is the archaeological site of La Millares from the Copper Age.

In the Alpujarra area is the town of Laujar de Andarax which has several attractions including the Moorish Bridge (Aquaduct), the Convent of San Pascual Babylon and a Moorish Citadel. Across the provincial border inside Grenada is the scenic town of La Calahorra with its famous Italian Renaissance castle. This is just a small sample of the many mountain villages in the region, each offering its own unique charm.

        

   

Photo of Calahorra Castle by Xavigivax,Photo of Alboloduy by Nm5mini

Mojacar

Almeria Cruise Terminal to Mojacar - 94 KM, 1 hour 5 minutes
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Northeast of Almeria and south of Cartagena is the coastal town of Mojacar which is perched in the hills above a beach with the same name. Mojacar retains some of its historic Moorish heritage making it a popular tourist destination for well-healed visitors staying in seasonal homes and resorts. While not as authentic as smaller, less popular villages, the views and pristine charms of this well-tended town make it irresistible to visitors.

                 

   

Photo of Mojacar by Digigalos,

Mini-Hollywood

Port to Mini-Hollywood - 35 KM, 25 minutes
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The Tabernas Desert became the setting for film Westerns made in Europe first in the late 1950s and through 1980. In 1964, Italian director Sergio Leone directed Clint Eastwood in "A Fistful of Dollars" which established a high standard for what are sometimes sarcastically called Spaghetti Westerns. There are three small theme parks in the desert north of Almeria where visitors young and old can step into the American West and learn about the cinematic history of the area. Known as Mini-Hollywood, these commercial theme parks are Oasys Theme Park, Western Leone and Fort Bravo.

        

   

Photo of Mini-Hollywood by Emilio del Prado

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

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