The Andalucian city is less crowded than many of its more touristy neighbours, yet there is much for the discerning visitor to see and do. La Alcazaba (a Moorish Fortress), a series of historic air-raid tunnels/shelters and the area’s lovely beaches are well worth visiting, Park Cabo de Gata is just outside the centre, as is the protected Tabernas Desert and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. You’ll also find Almeria to be an especially sunny city, with very little rain, perfect for a year-round getaway. These are our favourite places to stay when in town.
AC Hotel Almeria by Marriott
This 97 bedroom hotel places you close to all the central attractions, with the benefit of a pool (open during warmer months) and a rooftop bar for some sunbathing and sangria. The four-star property features a contemporary design, with a more traditionally styled tapas restaurant – El Asador. Additional facilities include an indoor bar, a lounge serving small plates, a fitness centre, business and meeting rooms, onsite parking and air conditioning. Bedrooms are styled to be comfortable, yet minimal and free from clutter. AC Hotel Almeria is found on the Plaza de las Flores.
Barceló Cabo de Gata
Combine a beach holiday with a city spa break at Barceló Cabo de Gata. Its located in the district of Retamar, right next to the lido and close to the entrance of the National Park. Housing 230 bedrooms (many with sea or pool views), it’s big on facilities, including those for kids – such as a programme of activities, a children’s pool and a playground. Designed to be a home from home, Barceló Cabo de Gata is relaxing and comfortable, with the option of all-inclusive board. The U-Spa is a real highlight, offering a full range of treatments for individuals and couples. Guests can also take part in lessons and organised games.