A good starting point for walking expeditions through the city is the harbour, a typically Mediterranean marina framed by small restaurants and pubs. Having snacked on local delicacies you should hit the main sights. The most important is the central cathedral, dating back to the 16th century. The most picturesque spot in town might well be Puerta de Purchena, a central square extremely popular among locals on their lunch break and tourists seeking some shade from the burning midday sun. Shade is also to be found inside the Iglesia de Santiago, a renaissance church, as well as the archaeological museum (Museo Arquelógico), illustrating the town’s early history with Phoenician, Greek, and Moorish displays.
Explore the beautiful surroundings of Almeria with car hire
As nice and atmospheric as the city is, do not forget to explore the surrounding countryside in your car hire as well. Several mountain ranges are within reach, putting you close to mountain biking slopes and hiking trails. Outdoor fans are generally enchanted by Parque Natural Cabo de Gata-Nijar, an unhospitable-seeming landscape characterised by rocky desert and rugged cliffs formed in volcanic explosions a very long time ago. Another great day trip destination is Los Millares, excavations of an ancient Copper Age settlement just 20 km outside Almería.