A warm, sunny place bathed by the Mediterranean, the province of Almeria constitutes the south-eastern tip of Andalusia. The province's volcanic eastern coast, protected as the Cabo de Gata nature park, is a landscape of secluded beaches and cliffs plunging spectacularly into the sea. Inland Almeria features the only true desert in Europe, Tabernas, with a rainfall of only 8 inches a year.
The landscape here has made the province especially attractive to film makers. Lawrence of Arabia, Patton, The Hill, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are among the movies shot in whole or in part here, in addition to countless "spaghetti westerns". More recently the province has prospered thanks to modern greenhouse farming methods. Almeria supplies early season crops to the rest of Europe.
For the traveler, Almeria offers above all tranquillity, unspoiled beaches and a unique natural environment.
The city of Almeria, a laid-back Mediterrean port town
The desert of Tabernas, the only true desert in Europe
The Cabo de Gata, the dramatic eastern coastline of Almeria
Karst cave formations near Sorbas
The southern coast, with its leisure resorts, marinas and golf courses
Prehistoric and Neolithic archaeological sites
Travel in Almeria
The Last Valley
The Andarax valley in the eastern Alpujarras is an unspoiled region of rustic beauty.
Face to face with history and nature in Almerias Sierra Maria-Los Velez nature park.
Village of the Master Potters
Made with rich red clay and fired in Moorish kilns, the ceramics of Sorbas are an example of living history.
Nothing stands between you and nature at Andalusias first nudist hotel.
Ancient civilisation and modern science share the landscape of eastern Andalusia.
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