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El Pueblito de Alfaix

Almeria, Spain

History in Spain's Almería

Posted by Luci Ackers on Feb 01, 2016
Castle in Spain's Almeria
Castle in Spain's Almeria
  • Castle in Spain's Almeria
  • View of the Alcazaba
  • View of the cathedral


The Alcazaba of Almería is a Moorish fortress that sits high on a ridge parallel to the sea and presides over the port of the city.

This large, fortified complex was built by the Moors as a way of providing shelter during battles and defending the prosperous city against attack, as well as maintaining the livelihood of the population within its walls. Today you can still see a large portion of the fortress; it has three walled enclosures and large towers dating back to the first half of the 10th century.

Almería's Alcazaba (coming from the Arabic word for citadel) is a sight to behold, dominating Almería's skyline, and is the second largest Moorish stronghold in Spain. The first being Granada's Alhambra Palace. The city of Almería suffered many sieges up until the 15th century, and then after that was subjected to earthquakes. As a result parts of the fortress were destroyed, however, recent years have seen a considerable amount of restorative work. Walk among the magnificent Moorish rooms and archways, see the picturesque garden areas and fountain, the wall of watchtowers and the chapel-turned-exhibition room which displays an array of ancient artefacts.

It is easy enough to get to, just wend your way upwards along any of the little streets leading from the town. Once you're at the top you'll be able to enjoy some fantastic views.

If you're in the city for the day, why not make the five minute walk to Almería City Cathedral to round off your day? It was built in the 16th century during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs and is unique in its appearance. The castle-like towers and walls that held canons are an evident mark of the city's conflict at the time. Located close to the port area, the Cathedral acted as a defensive structure as well as a religious sanctuary. The 16th century carved sun on the eastern side of the building is now an emblem of the city of Almería – the Sol de Portocarrero.

Travelling between Alfaix and Almería is relatively simple, and under an hour's journey. So certainly worth it for a day trip to discover all the interesting history. Find out how you can stay in the lovely Alfaix for yourself by simply popping your details in below. 

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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