You are thinking of coming to Almeria, or you are already here, and want to hire a guided tour to get to know the city, this is ultimately the most classic and effective experience to soak up a place. If so, and you also want to have the most basic information in a single document, this is your post. I leave the phones (don´t forget to add the spanish code, +34) and direct links in case you want to get further information, and also at the end of the post you have a map where you can easily locate the sites and attractions mentioned:
Searching for car-park
It is not a minor issue. Almeria´s downtown is not large and you will hardly get lost, although depending on where you are staying, it may be necessary to use the car to get there. Although Almeria is still a quiet and safe city, the most comfortable option if you go to the downtown is to park in a car-park. Some of the most recommended are, among others, the car-park of Puerta de Purchena, Plaza de San Pedro, or Calle Real 55. From any of them, you will arrive in less than 10 minutes to your tour´s meeting point.
What to visit
Here are some of the attractions that will be included in the guided tour of your choice, although if any of your special interests are left out, you can visit it on your own. With this information you will walk with assurance:
- The essential point of interest is the Alcazaba, which currently (January 2020) is free-entrance. It is important to remember that you have to overcome a good slope to access it, so some older people or people with reduced mobility will not have it easy. It closes at 18.00 in winter and at 22.00 in summer, while on Sundays and holidays it closes at 15.00. It is essential to hire a guide, because only then will you truly appreciate it.
- The Cathedral is not usually included in any visit, as the diocese works with one company. General admission is € 5 pax, offering discounts for seniors and groups. It is usually open until 18.30 in winter and 20.30 in summer, and access is by Velázquez street (950 234 848).
- One of the main tourist attractions of the city, the Civil War´s Air raids shelters, also have their own guides, which offer an interesting visit of about 45 minutes through that life-saving underworld. The general price is € 3 pax. It is necessary to book in advance (950 268 696).
- The CIP (Heritage Interpretation Center), located in the Plaza de la Constitución, is well worth a visit. It is a fun and modern museum about the history of the city whose visit is free (671 09 99 81).
- Other highly recommended draws are Casa del Cine (950 210 030), the Museum of the Guitar (950 274 358), both with a price of € 3 pax, the Aljibes (andalusi tanks) of Jairán (950 273 039) and the magnificent Museum of Almería (950 100 409), an original and attractive proposal to immerse yourself in the treasures of Almeria archeology. Except for the Casa del Cine and Almería Museum, you will find the rest of the destinations in the historic center, without having to move on foot more than 10 minutes from one place to another. If you are still animated, a visit to the Central Market will not leave you indifferent.
- Lastly, it never hurts to know the location of the Tourist Office, (950 210 538/) which is located in Paseo de Almería, the main boulevard.
What & where to eat
An unbeatable offer is what you will find in Almería, Spanish capital of Gastronomy 2019, since the whole city is full of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy tapas and portions of the best products of the land and the sea. Obviously the downtown is the hub, and if you pass through Jovellanos, Real or Trajano Streets, you will easily spot it. At this point I suggest you take a look at this other post, or turn to Tripadvisor.
Choosing your guided-tour
Well, the offer is varied, since currently doing tours is very fashionable, but be careful! Since not everyone who organizes a tour is legally entitled to do so. Therefore, the safest option and the one that will leave you the most satisfied is to use an official tourist guide, since the information provided will surely be the best you can find.
On the other hand, if this is your first visit, the ideal is a tour that shows you a general perspective of the city (including, yes, the Alcazaba), although if you are a repeater, a thematic visit (cinema, alcazaba …) can be a good choice. You will find various options in this link, where you will also find the full range of activities and experiences available in terms of leisure, sport, culture, nature …
And if you visit us in summertime, (very important) try to make the tour from 19.00 on!
So, get ready for this cosy & bright city!!!