Almeria Airport is the 2nd most important airport in Andalucía for tourism and flights arrive from the UK and Belgium as well as domestic flights within Spain. With your car hire at Almeria Airport it is just a 15 minute drive to the city and 9 km. Almeria’s economy comes from tourism and agriculture, of which 70% is exported to Europe. Also many films have been shot in Almeria including ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘El Cid’ and ‘Cleopatra’.
Almeria Airport is a small modern airport with one main terminal on the ground floor and its terrace overlooks the runway. There is an Aldeasa The Shop for all your duty free bargains and you can also buy local Andalucían products there. A pharmacy is available for any last minute emergencies and there are 2 ATMs if you need some extra cash. An airport information desk will deal with any of your enquiries and there is a tourist information desk should you have any questions about the Andalucía region. There are 2 cafes, one on each floor, On Time and Abades Air.
Almeria’s name comes from the Arabic, meaning ‘mirror of the sea’ and the city is home to the largest naturist beach in Europe, El Playazo. In the city you will find the 16th century renaissance style Cathedral of Santa Maria and the La Acazaba, a Moorish castle from the 13th century. You can climb up to the Statue of San Cristobal and seek out solitude at La Claras Convent. Look out for the grand Palace of the Marquees of Cabra and the Palace of the Viscounts of the Castillo de Almansa. For foodies, there is the Museo del Aceite de Oliva and the Mercado Centrale. In the evening, you can enjoy the tapas bars at Cuatro Calles near the Cathedral Plaza or on the Calle Mayor, whilst enjoying the sunset views.
There is lot to see in the region, with your car hire at Almeria Airport. You can drive out to the beautiful sandy beaches and volcanic landscape at Las Salinas and La Almadrava de Monteleva for a day’s sunbathing and swimming. Almeria is also within an area of nature reserve so there is much to discover at the National Park of Cabo de Gata Nijar including isolated coves, pretty beaches and unusual volcanic rock formations. To make the best of your stay in Almeria, car hire is definitely recommended.