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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.

Almeria: Alcazaba Guided Tour

4. 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.

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.

Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour

7. Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour

At nightfall, walk through the historical center of Almeria. Discover the unique legends, mysteries and charming love stories that are hidden in the palaces, squares and monuments of the city. Exploring Almeria by night offers a different way to discover the city. Your professional will tell you about the history and characters of Almeria as you walk through the narrow streets. Recommended for all those people who want to learn something new, have fun and soak up the local atmosphere of this quaint city on Spain’s southern coast.

Almería: Guided City Discovery Tour

8. Almería: Guided City Discovery Tour

Visit the historic center of the city of Almeria beginning with the Purchena Gate, one of the oldest entrances to the city. From there, walk the old streets whilst discovering the history of the Civil War shelters, the Arabic Cisterns, the Old Square, and the old Muslim Medina, where you will learn about its founder; Jairán. Moving on, stroll through the cathedral-fortress neighborhood, Plaza Bendicho, and Celia Viñas, not forgetting the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Mar, the School of Arts and Crafts, and the Cervantes Theater. The Doña Pakyta House-Museum and the Nicolás Salmerón Park will then be the prelude to the emblematic English Cable, where your tour ends with your guide explaining one of the best iron engineering works in the city.

Almería: Small-Group Alcazaba Tour

9. Almería: Small-Group Alcazaba Tour

After gathering with your guide at the meeting point, your guide will delve straight into telling you many things about this great monument. From your meeting point you will walk to the entrance of the Alcazaba where you can enjoy its 3 enclosures. The first thing you will go through will be the Justice Gate, since it was the gateway to the fortress and is a replica of the Justice Gate of the Alhambra in Granada. You will cross the large gardens of the first enclosure, which is the largest of the three and has also followed the design of the Generalife de la Alhambra Gardens. From there you will observe the Cerro de San Cristóbal, as well as the remains of the Jayrán Wall, which is the wall that surrounded the city of Al-Mariyat. You will then access the second enclosure through the Wall of the Candle to see the Quibla Wall, until you reach the area of the residence of the kings. You will then see the Aljibe and San Juan church, a church rebuilt by the Catholic Monarchs during the reconquest, as well as the pool and gardens that decorate this large enclosure. Finally you will visit the third enclosure, the highest part of the monumental complex, which is the most recent of them all. In addition, you will visit the areas where the famous Game of Thrones series has been recorded. Towards the end of your tour, your guide will show you to the area where you can observe the sea port of the city and will take photos, and following your experience you will have free time to enjoy the monument.

Day trip to Cabo de Gata Natural Park and Mojacar

10. Day trip to Cabo de Gata Natural Park and Mojacar

Discover the history and culture of Andalusia’s beautiful rustic towns and surrounding countryside. First, travel through Cabo de Gata Natural Park, one of Europe’s last areas of untouched nature. Your English-speaking guide will take you to see captivating landscapes, ruined castles, volcanic rock formations, coral reefs, pristine beaches, and hidden coves.  You will then arrive in the charming Moorish village of Mojácar, with its white-washed houses and stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline. Next, enjoy a drink at the tourist center at the beautiful Mojácar Beach. Then delve deeper into history as you enter the Old Town and discover the pristine Plaza Neuva, the statue of La Mojáquera, Parterre Square, and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria and more beautiful sites. Next, enjoy some free time to relax on the panoramic terraces, or stay in town and shop for souvenirs or feel free to savor a typical Andalusian lunch.  Then, you will head to the scenic village of Carboneras, which was used as a location in various films, including Lawrence of Arabia. Marvel at Playa de los Muertos, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, before being taken back to your pickup point.

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What people are saying about Almeria

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We had a great time our guide was really great in all his explanations he made the effort to make us all François when it was not planned a big thank you to him. This place and really to see in order to better understand the history of Spain

Very nice discovery of the desert with many explanations from our guide Christina. Many stops, which allow you to take pictures of these magnificent landscapes off the beaten track. To recommend

Our guide gave us information in French very documented and not boring at all. A great experience that I recommend to all my friends. A beautiful moment of sharing

It has passed very quickly, it has been very entertaining seeing areas that otherwise could not be seen.

It was a great tour, on which we saw a fascinating landscape and the guide explained a lot.