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Walls and Tower Above Main Entrance to the Alcazaba, Moorish Castle, Almeria, Andalucia, Spain
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Cadiz Panoramic City Tour and Monumental Old Quarter  Get an overview of Cadiz on this private tour. Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water...more...
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Horses and Wines of Jerez de la Fronterra and the bay of Cadiz Coach Excursion from Seville  Enjoy a full day excursion to Jerez de la Fronterra and Cadiz from Seville. Visit a Sherry Winery, see the horse show, then a panoramic tour of Cadiz by boat prom...more...
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Jerez de la Frontera Sherry winery tour and The Dancing Andalucian Horse Show  On this Private tour you will visit Jerez's Royal Equestian School where they have a live show of the "Dancing Andalucian Horses, as well get a taste of the fine Jerez (Sherry) at a famous winery…more...
The Dancing Andalusian Horses of Jerez de la Frontera On this chauffeur driven trip you will visit Jerez's Royal Equestian School where they have a live show of the "Dancing Andalucian Horses, as well get a taste of the fine Jerez (Sherry) at a famous winery…more...
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Costa De Almeria Tourist Guide And Information   by Mark Dale
On the southern coast of mainland Spain, the Costa de Almeria is the perfect beach holiday destination with fantastic sand and shingle beaches lining the coastline, and excellent resort centres dotted along the seafront. Just a couple of hours flight from the UK will bring you to this fabulous region, considered as one of the quieter and more varied of the Costa's. This quick Costa de Almeria tourist guide will help you appreciate what Almeria is all about.

Language: Spanish Currency: Euro Time difference: One hour ahead of UK Flight time: Two and half hours from UK

Almeria Beaches

The beaches in the Costa de Almeria are known as some of the most beautiful and largest in Spain, as well as some impressive isolated protected beaches with marine and fauna life. Water sports are also a popular activity in the Costa de Almeria with many of the major beaches having centres on them for scuba diving and snorkeling.

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Activities and shopping

As well as the choice of water sports, there's plenty of activities and entertainment on dry land to keep you busy. Golf lovers will appreciate the choice of golf courses, and there's abundance of shops, bars and restaurants in each resort. The village market in Vicar is a great day out, with a real traditional atmosphere selling all kinds of local produce, and then street stalls in Almeria are great for souvenirs.
Port and Alcazaba, Almeria, Andalucia, Spain
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Sightseeing in Almeria

The 16th century cathedral and the Alcazaba castle in the city of Almeria are a must see with their original structures still in existence and use to this day. The Natural Parks around the Costa de Almeria are also a refreshing change from the buzz of the resorts, as are the beautiful villages in the hills surrounding the coastline.

Nightlife in Almeria

If you're after late night bars and clubs then you've come to the wrong place. The Costa de Almeria has fairly low key nightlife, mainly centered on the tapas bars and numerous s restaurants in the resort centres.

Ideal for families and couples who don't want the crowds and bright lights of the other Costa's, this area still offers some late nights if you wish to stay out just a little longer. Dine in a traditional restaurant with a glass of wine or two as you watch the world go by...that's the Costa de Almeria way.

Climate in Almeria

The Costa de Almeria has the most sunniest and dry climate in Spain, with long hot summers and warm winters, and very little rainfall. The peak summer months of July and August tend to reach 30 degrees plus, while the quieter summer months' temperatures hit the late 20's. Evenings are also fine in the peak months and during the off-peak summer months, a light jacket is recommended for those sea breezes, but can still expect great sunbathing in the hot daytime sunshine. Whether you visit in the winter or summer months, you're guaranteed pleasant weather in the Costa de Almeria.

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About the Author: Further Costa de Almeria tourist guides and information can be found at, including information on sightseeing in Almeria, the Almeria Climate, and flights from the UK to Almeria.



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Exterior Views Parador of Mojácar, Mojácar, Almería
This Parador is on the beaches of Mojácar, benefitting from the best microclimate of Spain and with beautiful views over the blue Mediterranean. It is an ideal location to enjoy quiet beaches or to play numerous outdoor sports. The stay is completed with a refreshing dip in the pool, or with a working session in its magnificent conference centre, whose rooms are fully equipped.  The bright bedrooms, with terraces over the sea, bewitch the guest with the beauty of the surroundings. The restaurant offers the best rice and fish dishes from Almería cuisine: 'arroz a la Garruchera' (rice dish), 'gambones de Garrucha' (prawns), 'amarillo de pescado en cuajadera' (fish), and, for dessert, 'pastel de Vera' (cake) and 'crema mojaquera' (cream)...
Citymar Hotel Embajador, Almeria
Hotel Citymar Embajador is a 2 star property located in the city of Almeria offering a home away from home environment ideal for travel and business guests.  There are 67 guestrooms including double and single rooms. Every room has been tastefully decorated and is fully equipped.  Breakfast, snacks and coffee are served at the Hotel Citymar Embajador's coffee shop.  Facilities offered at Hotel Citymar Embajador include Laundry, Internet connection and restaurant to name but a few. 
Citymar Gran Hotel, Almeria
Citymar Gran Hotel Almeria is a magnificent 4-star property located in the heart of Almeria city. This Almeria hotel is a landmark and known for having celebrities staying in its rooms.  Offering great views of the Mediterranean Sea, Gran Hotel Almeria is an ideal base from which to explore the city of Almeria.  The restaurant 'Seleccion' serves a varied menu of traditional and contemporary cuisine.  Leisure facilities include a fitness room located on the hotel's top floor.  Business services at the Gran Hotel Almeria include 6 meeting rooms with a capacity of 800 people in cocktail style.
Elba Almeria Hotel, Almeria
The Elba Almería hotel is located in Almería, in the Andalucía region.  This modern property offers guests an array of services that include 24-hour reception, laundry service, room service from 7.30 a.m. to 11 p.m., meeting facilities, medical service, a restaurant and a lounge bar.  Located in one of the most modern areas of Almería, the hotel is a perfect venue to discover Southern Spain and its cultural and artistic treasures.  The property offers 98 sound-insulated rooms with ensuite facilities featuring telephone, towels, amenities and hairdryer.  Guests can wind down while having a cup of coffee or sipping a cocktail at the lounge bar.  A breakfast buffet is served each morning in the cafeteria from 7.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
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Andalucia's treasure - the historic town of Antequera! by Heather McMillan

The area around Antequera, one of the most charming and historic towns in Andalucia, has in recent years seen a small–scale invasion of British house buyers, attracted by the low house prices (relative to the Costa del Sol!) and the genuinely Andalucian atmosphere of this beautiful region.

However, the British are by no means the first to be attracted by the delights of this part of Andalucia. Some 5,000 years ago, during the Bronze Age, some of the earliest-known inhabitants of Andalucia settled in the fertile vega at the foothills of the Sierra de las Torcales, irrigated by the waters of the Guadalhorce River. They left behind two monumental burial mounds or ‘dolmens’, constructed from massive stones weighing up to 180 tons, which are the largest examples to be found in Europe. 

Undiscovered until the mid seventeenth century, these remarkable megalithic structures now attract visitors from all over Europe.

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The Antequera area continued to attract new settlers over the next few thousand years. Known as Antikaria by the Romans, Antequera was an important olive oil-producing centre during the Roman Empire, a tradition that still continues today! The town’s museum, set in a beautiful eighteenth-century palace, contains many treasures from the very earliest days of Andalucia.
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From the early eighth century the town, by then known as Medina Antaquira, became part of the Moorish civilisation of Al-Andalus. The Arabs built the castle which still dominates the town. Some of the houses in Antequera’s old quarter still contain tunnels dating from the Arab occupation! The town fell to the Christian armies of the Reconquista in 1410 and over the next three hundred years became the showcase of religious architecture that it is today. There are more than thirty beautiful churches and convents in Antequera, and many are magnificent examples of Renaissance workmanship, in particular the church of San Sebastian and the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria.

It is this treasure that still draws visitors here today. The bustling centre of Antequera is in many ways a typical Andalucian town, with all the lively bars, shops and traffic that you would expect! However, just a few steps up from the Plaza de San Sebastian brings you in to the historic quarter, another world of whitewashed houses and quiet streets where, as you walk up to the Moorish castle, you are truly taking a step back in time. Those who visit the old town are rewarded with stunning views over the old terracotta rooftops of Antequera towards the vega and surrounding hills beyond.

No doubt these treasures will continue to attract ‘invaders’ to this beautiful part of Andalucia for many years to come!

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About the Author:: Copyright Heather McMillan 2007. Read more articles on Andalucia property, travel and food at our website Andalucia Coast and Country.

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Hotel Antequera Golf, Antequera
The Hotel Antequera Golf is a modern three-floor hotel located in a residential area, one kilometer from the town center of Antequera. The hotel also boasts excellent leisure facilities, including a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, massage rooms, spa services, Turkish baths, a sauna, and not forgetting its 18-hole golf course. In addition to the two restaurants there is also a bar and a discotheque to complete a night spent on site. The hotel is approximately 40 kilometers, or a 35-minute drive, from the airport. All guestrooms are air-conditioned and enjoy views of the lowland areas of Antequera or of the hotel's inner garden.  Guestrooms are equipped with minibars, interactive cable television and high-speed internet access. 
Hotel La Sierra, Antequera
This hotel is located in Antequera. El Romeral is a local point of interest. Another area attraction is Cueva de Menga. Dining options at Hotel La Sierra include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include valet parking, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities. A total renovation of this property was completed in 2002. Guestrooms have mountain views. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, bidets, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, guestrooms offer phones and in-room safes.
Parador de Antequera, Antequera
Parador de Antequera, which has been renovated recently, is a quiet, large hotel surrounded by lush gardens and a refreshing swimming pool, open in the high season only. The hotel is easily accessible from all Andalusian capitals, since it’s located right in the heart of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.  The bar and the coffeehouse, by the pool and gardens, feature an outdoor dining area that is available all year round. At the restaurant, patrons can sample traditional dishes from Málaga, full of regional flavours. “Porra antequerana,” “gazpacho,” “pío antequerano” and “bienmesabe” are the establishment’s specialities.The hotel has 58 guestrooms and an ample restaurant commanding stunning views of the Vega Antequerana (Antequera’s Meadow) and La Peña de los Enamorados (Lovers' Rock).
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