Almeria

In the eastern province of Andalusia, located in unusual nature, characterized by its drought decisive for the vegetation of the exotic palms and agaves - lies Almeria.

Here the climate is dry and mild with nearly constant sunshine and is one of the most comfortable places within Europe. Almeria is the capital of the province of the same name and the old part of town is vivid and labyrinth-like with whitewashed houses and maze streets which give the city its character. In contrast to the newer part of town, which it melts together with, consists of modern buildings and broad boulevards that are all surrounded with palm trees. La Rambla de Almeria and its prominent and striking promenade have completely changed the face of the city.

Every year 3,000 sunny hours are expected, which accounts for 310 days with sun and only 41 days with rainfall. In the period from December to May it rains only 4-6 days a month, May to June usual just has one to two days and in August it does not rain at all. It is the location - with the ocean to the one side and the mountains Enix, Alhamilla and Gata to the other side, which protects the city from the winds from the west which makes Almeria the ideal place to be in the winter if you want sun and warmth.

Berber pirates from North Africa often robbed Almeria and this is why the cathedral looks more like a castle than a church. The cathedral has four towers, thick walls and small windows. Originally, it was a Mosque, but it was rebuilt to a church which an earthquake destroyed in 1522. In 1524 the church was built again under the leadership of Diego de Siloé and he drew the ship and the high alter in gothic style, however, the renaissance façade and the carved choir chairs are the work of Juan de Orea.

Almeria is crossed by Rombla de Bile -  a dry river bed where water only flows when it has rained. When this happens the water runs between the port and the two beaches Almadravillas and Zapillo where a fairytale beach life constantly unfolds.

No doubt that Almeria is an industrial city when you move around the port area. Ceramics, cellulose, metallurgical industry and the food industry account for the greatest activities, sharply persecuted by the tourism which today has become a crucial source for Almeria.

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