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Almería: Visit to the shelters of the Spanish Civil War

1. Almería: Visit to the shelters of the Spanish Civil War

Get to know the refuges of the Spanish Civil War in Almería. Some 4.5-kilometer underground galleries were built to shelter about 40,000 people during bombings. With this visit you will be able to see nearly 1 kilometer of galleries with a guide telling anecdotes about their hidden histories. Admire a small hospital with an operating room, as well as one of the private rooms where, if you look at the walls, you will see works art that children left behind. Descend 9 meters underground, or, if you are brave, a full 16 meters, and discover an old and fascinating pantry. A unique, unmissable experience.

Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

2. Cabo de Gata: Kayaking and Swimming Excursion

Get to know the magnificent Cabo de Gata and Níjar Natural Park from the sea. Explore the coastline by kayak before snorkeling in the clear waters an observing the underwater landscape. Before embarking, learn basic paddling and kayaking techniques and listen to safety instructions. Venture out down the coast, spotting a number of coves and rock formation that are inaccessible by land and only visible from the sea. Navigate in and out of rocky caves. Get up close to sheer volcanic cliffs. Learn about the wildlife and geology of the natural park, one of most protected areas in Spain due to ecological, historical, anthropological, and geological significance.  Stop in a hidden cove in the marine reserve to go swimming before paddling back to the beach where you started.

Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

3. Tabernas Desert 4WD Adventure

Enjoy a 4WD adventure in Europe’s only desert landscape on this scenic drive through the Tabernas Desert, situated between the Sierra de los Filabres and the Sierra de Alhamilla. Boasting over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, annual rainfall of a mere 200 millimeters and temperatures ranging from 23° F to 118° F (-5°C to 48°C), the gray tones of the desert’s gullies, ravines, and other geological formations turn golden when the sun rests on them at sunset. Essential to the history of cinema in Almeria, Tabernas Desert served as a location for hundreds of movies, including “Lawrence of Arabia.” Dozens of spaghetti westerns, such as “A Fistful of Dollars, “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” gave rise to an era of rampant shooting. Adventure stories war films, and science fiction films have all made use of the landscape, including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Conan the Barbarian", "Game of Thrones", or "The Crown". Marvel at the desert’s similarity to the American badlands, and the deserts of north Africa and Arabia. En route, you will learn about the geological formation of this extraordinary place, including the flora and fauna that somehow manage to survive there.

Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

4. Cabo de Gata: Tour of 5 Beaches by Yacht Motorboat

Start your coastal cruise in the traditional fishing port of Carboneras. Sail to la Cala del Corral and las Salinicas. Admire the crystal-clear waters and volcanic cliffs of Playa de los Muertos.  Then, navigate the Cabo de Mesa Roldan. See its fossilized coral reef and the Mesa Roldán Lighthouse. Continue on to Cala Puente, Cala Sorbas, and Cala Castillo until you arrive at the small fishing town of Agua Amarga. Marvel at the best views of this small town from the sea. Drop anchor at the secluded Cala de Enmedio. Swim and snorkel in its clear waters before heading back to the port of Carboneras.

Almeria: Tabernas Desert 4x4 Tour

5. Almeria: Tabernas Desert 4x4 Tour

Hop on your 4x4 and discover the landscapes of the Tabernas Desert Natural Park. Take in the sights of its rock formations caused by erosion, known as the “badlands” or wastelands. Make several stops throughout the tour to discover the geology of Tabernas in depth. During your tour, also learn about the Westerns filmed here and learn some of the secrets of Western cinema. Film director Sergio Leone chose these landscapes to film emblematic feature films, such as “Death Had a Price” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Almeria: Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour

6. Almeria: Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour

Join a guided tour through one of the largest underground shelters built during the Spanish Civil War. Learn about the site from a guide and explore the network along the Paseo de Almeria. Discover one of the largest Civil War Refuges in Spain, built by Guillermo Langle to protect the population of Almeria during the Spanish Civil War. Travel through about 1 km of underground galleries that run along the Paseo de Almeria. Admire the feats of engineering that made this shelter possible, a marvelous work by engineers that makes this shelter one of the most well-known and largest shelters in Spain and Europe.

Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

7. Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant history of one of Spain's largest Alcazabas on this guided tour. In the company of an expert guide, discover the fortress' 3 internal enclosures and learn more about its history as an Arab stronghold. During your tour, visit the Towers of the Odalisque and the Gunpowder, the Tower of Mirrors, the Wall of the Candle, the Muslim reservoirs and royal baths, and the domestic dwellings. You will also have the opportunity to admire the fantastic patios and gardens with their luxurious water pools, as well as the walls of Jairán and the Cerro de San Cristóbal. Finally, admire panoramic views of the city and the seaport from the Baluarte del Saliente.

Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

8. Almería: Caves of Sorbas Tour

Walk, climb and crawl the galleries of the gypsum mineral natural cave in Sorbas and admire the reflection of crystals when they receive the light from your helmet. Marvel the effect water erosion and the passage of time have had on the plaster rock. Explore the Yeso Cave with a specialized guide. The Barranco del Infierno Cave, as it is also known, was formed thousands of years ago and was the first cave complex to be discovered. See first-hand the effect of water on the shaping of rocks. The underground karst system of Sorbas collects rain and floodwater and drains it through the galleries.

San José: Cabo de Gata Boat Trip with Snorkeling

9. San José: Cabo de Gata Boat Trip with Snorkeling

Sail through the National Park of Cabo de Gata on this guided cruise from the charming town of San José. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you glide by virgin coves, volcanoes, and the ruins of towers and castles. Meet your guide in San José and board a comfortable boat with a fiber frame. Sunbathe on deck or chill out in the under the awning that covers half the boat. Admire views of the white-washed houses of San José as you depart for you adventure. Enjoy an tour that can be taken all year round with the average annual temperature in Cabo de Gata exceeding 20 degrees Celsius. Find the places where movies such as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" or "The Neverending Story" were filmed. Admire turquoise and crystalline waters of protected coves and. In summer, stop to snorkel and look for sea life like red star fish and cuttlefish. Hear about the area's pirate history from your guide. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park Snorkeling

10. Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park Snorkeling

Learn how to snorkel with an experienced guide in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. Meet your guide on the beach and receive snorkeling goggles, flippers, and a neoprene suit. Learn the basics, and get ready to venture into the water. Snorkel along the seabeds and explore the rocks and meadows of posidonia. Try to spot some peculiar nacre (pearls) and orange coral. Discover a variety of underwater life as you explore the seabeds. Enjoy an environmentally responsible activity, avoiding direct contact with flora and fauna. Help to collect any plastics or trash you find as you explore. At the end of the activity, return to the shore and review the species that you have seen. Also, receive photos as a memento of your experience.

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What people are saying about Almeria

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 933 reviews

Route from Las Negras to El Playazo de Rodalquilar. Magnificent landscape with cliffs and caves. 3 guides (2 in kayak, 1 in boat) very friendly with whom you have a good time. They lend masks and snorkels to enjoy swimming time in El Playazo. Quiet pace.

Lovely trip south of San Jose. Captain was very informative about the history & geology of the coastline. We really enjoyed it. 2 hours, with a 20 minute stop for snorkelling.

Activity to do absolutely. We were lucky to have a guide who spoke perfect French and who was very interesting. A real sharing. Thanks to her.

It was a great excursion. The driver and guide MARIA was charming with all of us and told us very curious things.

Very interesting and a guide who has explained the route and the curiosities as well as entertaining... perfect