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Almeria City – Things to See: Alcazaba, Cathedral & Museums

Almeria City – Things to See: Alcazaba, Cathedral & Museums

Guide to Almeria City + Photos

After spending many Summer days in Almeria. So I am sorting through hundreds of photos of the City and its province.  Earlier this summer I took lots of photos in Seville and shared them here in the most Instagrammable Spots in Sevilla.

Almeria is not the most popular tourist destination in Andalucia but I really enjoy visiting the city. After many visits I´m sharing all the different activities that this charming coast city has to offer.

Alcazaba Fortress Almeria Spain

Fortress with Seaviews

This historic fortress is photogenic. Especially with its panoramic views of the coast. Founded in 955 the visit of this stunning monument is free of charge. (EU Citizens have free entrance) The Alcazaba is perched above the city of Almería. This imposing fortress offers spectacular views over the city and coastline.

Surprisingly this is the largest fortress built by the Moors in Spain.

Even taking into consideration that Malaga, Granada and Antequera all have their own Alcazabas still standing today.Alcazaba de Almeria by piccavey

Alcazaba de Almeria

This was actually used as a location for Games of Thrones a few years ago. Filming at the Alcazaba in 2016 for Season 5. The set was the Capital of Dorne and the Kingdom of House of Martell.

To get there walk uphill along Calle Descanso. Then this street leads you straight to the main entrance. Another option is to take a taxi avoiding the climb.

  • Address: Calle Almanzor, Almeria
  • Opening Times: 9am to 9pm Tuesday to Sunday
  • Closed on Mondays

Casa del Cine Almeria Cinema Museum Spain

Almeria Museums

The City of Almeria has quite a few museums to visit. Archaelogy, Cinema, Photography or the Guitar Museum. They even have Spanish War Bunkers underneath the city centre. Built to protect local citizens from the air raids kilometers of tunnels are below city streets even today.

Los Refugios can be visited and the entrance is next to Puerta Purchena.

Puerta Purchena Nightscene Almeria Spain

Casa del Cine de Almeria

At Plaza de las Flores you can see a statue of John Lennon. Sat there with his guitar close to the city centre. However the Cinema Museum is not in town. To get there you need a car (or taxi ride) It is about 3 kms outside Almeria.

Almería is where John Lennon composed the song Strawberry fields forever. He was in Almería for the filming of ´How I won the war´ in Autumn 1966.

Details of the Museo del Cine:

  • Address: Camino Romero, 1, 04009 Almería
  • Opening times:  10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday – Sunday
    Opens 5-8pm on Friday and Saturdays too.
  • Closed on Mondays

Almeria Museum Pass

You can book ahead with the Almeria Museum + Tour Pass this is a good option if you are staying for a few days.

Museo de la Guitarra Almeria Guitar Museum

Almeria Guitar Museum

Opened in 2004 Almeria Guitar Museum is next to the Cathedral. Spanish Guitar Maker Antonio de Torres Jurado was born in Almeria. This museum reviews his contributions to the Spanish Guitar on the ground floor.

Known as the father of the Spanish Guitar Antonio de Torres. This museum shows the more technical aspects of the Spanish Guitar. It will be of interest to guitar enthusiasts and music lovers too.

Whne you visit dont miss the Interactive Room you can play an interactive guitar.

The entrance costs 3 euros.

  • Address: Ronda del Beato Diego Ventaja, Almería
  • Opening times:  10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday – Sunday
  • Opens 5-8pm on Friday and Saturdays too. Closed on Monday

Almeria Photography Museum

Andalucia Photography Centre

The Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía is just below Almería Cathedral. The idea for this space originated the 1990´s when an International Photography Exhibition took place in the city. With 70 different collections, to commemorate the 5th Centenary of the Discovery of the Americas. 456 photos taken in Almeria by International photographers. They are still on display inside this building.
With temporary exhibitions of Andalusian photographers, its an important location for Visual Arts. It is also free to visit.
  • Address: C/ Pintor Diaz Molina, Almeria
  • Opening times: Daily 11am- 2pm + 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Doña Pakyta Art Museum Almeria Spain

Doña Pakyta Art Museum

This stunning building is inspired by Basque arquitecture. This home belonged to an influential local lady.  Doña Francisca Torres Diaz, known as Doña Pakyta) Her passion was conservation. We can thanks this businesswomen for the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and its current state of conservation. She was a defensor of this natural space during her lifetime and donated part of this land to the park. 

Almeria Art Museum is on one side of the Avenida Federico García Lorca. With seven different rooms inside, see collections of Almerian Art from the last century.  Opened in 2015 this cultural space has pieces by Jesus de Perceval and Miguel Martinez Gomez. This building dated 1928 was by architect Guillermo Langle, the same architect of Almeria´s underground tunnels.
  • Address: Plaza Emilio Pérez, 2, Almeria
  • Daily 10am to 1pm – 5pm to 8pm

Centro Interpretacion Almeria Museum Plaza Vieja

Centro de Interpretación

At Plaza Vieja this museum is probably one of the best places to get a panoramic view of the city (apart from the Fortress of course) The Centro de Interpretación de Patrimonio de Almeria is a modern building tucked into a corner of the square.

Particularly impressive is the rooftop viewpoint. This large terrace has 360º views of the city.


You can even see the old city wall from here. This museum shows the historic timeline of the city.  As you begin on the ground floor and move up the different floors you see the importance of the port and the different industries of the region. (Agriculture, fishing, mining etc)

  • Address: Plaza Vieja, Almeria
  • 10.30am to 1.30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
  • 5pm to 8pm Fridays & Saturdays
  • Closed on Mondays

Refugios Almeria Bunkers Spain

Spanish Civil War Bunkers

Los Refugios entrance is right in the city centre. With the visitor centre next to Puerta Purchena. This network of underground shelters from the 1930s were used in the Spanish Civil War. Kilometers of tunnels were built by local men under the city streets. It´s the best example of war shelters in Europe.

You can take a guided tours down into the tunnels. Discover how these bunkers helped the locals survive bombings in the city of Almeria.

At 4.5 kilometres in length (just under 3 miles) around 40,000 civilians could be sheltered when full. Almeria was bombed in 54 raids and 754 bombs hit the city. Certainly this construction made a huge difference to the local population during these difficult times.

  • Plaza Manuel Pérez García, 1, Almería
  • Opening times: 10.30am to 1.30pm + 5pm to 8pm Tuesdays to Sunday
  • Closed on MondaysPlaza Catedral Almeria Spain

Almeria Cathedral

The Cathedral in Almería is unique in design. A fortified Cathedral the exterior looks more like a fortress than a religious building. The interior is done in a Gothic and Rennaissance style. Built in the 16th century this architecture was to prevent attacks and could withstand earthquakes.

The previous Cathedral was ruined by a strong earthquake and Almeria was an easy target for Berber pirates and Algerian looters.

Almeria Spain Sol PortoCarrero

Sol de Portocarrero

On one side of the Cathedral, high up on the wall, you can see this Sun emblem. Known by locals as the Sol de Portocarrero, this is the symbol of Almeria.

As the bishop who comissioned this was actually Villalán. As he was the bishop at the time of the construction of the cathedral. The correct name is Sol de Villalán. Things got mixed up over the years. Due to the fact that Bishop Portocarrero was in Almeria much later than the sun symbol design. (17th century)

Inside Almeria Cathedral Spain

Catedral de la Encarnación de Almería

Inside the Cathedral there are a mix of architectural details. This altar is from 18th century in Baroque and Rennaisance style. Sadly this Cathedral has suffered damage throughout its history. Despite restoration of different areas of the building due to fire damage this is still worth visiting.

The cloister is absolutely stunning. Such peaceful spaces with a white arches along the entire courtyard.

  • Address: Plaza de la Cathderal, Almeria
  • Opening times & Guided tours:  Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm
  • Open Saturdays and Sundays will varied timetables.
  • Times alter depending on season and religious calendar. Please check for exact details.

Cable Ingles Gustave Eiffel Almeria Spain

Mineral Platform

Probably the most iconic sight in Almeria. Called the English Cable by locals. This loading platform moved minerals onto cargo ships in the 19th century. Applying techniques created by Gustave Eiffel,  this is a unique industrial monument. So beautiful when its lit up at night.

Iron Ore, Silver and Copper loads came from the Alquife Mines in Northern Granada by train. They directly loaded the ships with this platform, saving time and effort.

Puerta Purchena Almeria Spain

Aire de Almeria

Aire de Almeria is one of the most decadent Urban Spas I´ve been to. I tried their Wine Experience treatment. 

Located in Plaza Vieja this feels like a Hammam yet it has lots of modern touches like a Spa. Water jets, beauty treatments and smart interiors.

Its a good option especially if you are in the area for a few days. Another way to unwind after walking around the Alcazaba.

Sunset in Almeria by piccavey

Finally here are a few Other Almeria Articles:

Almeria Spain ´s Gastronomic Capital 2019 – Typical Spanish Food

Almeria Coast Road Trip: A Costa de Almeria guide

Hollywood in Andalucia: Film locations in Southern Spain

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  1. Brian Neale says:

    Almeria is a very nice city with it’s Cathedral, Alcazaba. etc. I visited it briefly while staying in Roquetes de Mar. Together with my Mother.

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