2015-02-232015-02-23 Enjoy the wonders of Almeria in a campervan hire
Enjoy the wonders of Almeria in a campervan hire
If you get a sense of déjà vu when you arrive in your Almeria motorhome rental, it’s because the town and its surrounds have been used for filming major movies. As well as numerous spaghetti westerns, this city on the Mediterranean coast of Andalusia was most famously featured in Lawrence of Arabia, and more recently Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. With a campervan hire in Almeria, you can explore the city, the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains and the spectacular desert area of Tabernas, in an unforgettable Spanish adventure.
Compare brands in Almeria with Motorhome Republic
It’s important to get the right camper for the job when planning a road trip. You need enough space to avoid constant shuffling belongings to sit or sleep, and you must consider whether you need to be completely self-contained or happy to use camping ground facilities? It can take hours to shift through the options, unless you use Motorhome Republic’s streamlined system. Jump onto our website and give us a few key details of your holiday for us to work with. Once we have your city of pick-up, dates of travel and driver’s age, we can show you all available campers, across all brands, from global to local operators. You can easily compare specifications and facilities right down to the floor plan, and the price you see displayed is for your whole holiday. Make a selection and book securely online, or talk through the process with our friendly motorhome specialists over the phone. We have 450 depots spread over 28 countries, so wherever you wish to roam we can be on the spot for you.
Things to see and do in Almeria
The Alcazaba is a garden fortress and the city’s number one landmark, visible from anywhere. It was built in the 10th century by Caliph Abd-al-Rhaman III as a military fortification. It has three walled enclosures - the first was a military camp and place of refuge for the citizens of the city should they come under siege, but is now a lush landscaped garden. The remaining enclosures included apartments for the Moorish Kings when they were in residence. Incredible views of the city can be seen by climbing the towers.
The Almeria air raid shelters are another unique visitor attraction. The underground galleries were built for the protection of civilians during the Spanish Civil War, and at three miles long, are the longest such tunnels available for the public to visit in all of Europe.
Food, drink and nightlife in Almeria
In Almeria you are in the wider province of Andalusia, so still the land of tapas. Here, the tapas come free with wine or beer, and you will most likely be asked for your choice when ordering drinks, so be prepared! If you would like more tapas, but not another drink, you should ask for a ‘tapa extra’. You will find a high concentration of good value restaurants and bars at the Puerta de Purchena end of Paseo de Almeria, or around the town hall in the Old Town.
Head a little out of town to try Restaurant Albar, in the hamlet of El Pilar on the Costa Almeria. This rustic restaurant is a favourite with local families. Try genuine wood-fired pizzas, or wood-baked jacket potatoes, a chef’s special of roasted milk fed lamb or tender braised pig cheek.
Where to stay in Almeria
Campsite La Garrofa is a basic campground, close to the city and right on the beach. Camping Cabo de Gata is in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, the first protected land and sea region in Andalusia.
Where to from Almeria
Almeria has its own modern airport just nine kilometres from the city centre. It’s a well located city, as within three hours’ driving time you can be in the cities of Malaga, Granada or Murcia.
Driving Tips for Spain
While Spain has some of the best roads in Europe, its accident rate is one of the highest. This has resulted in recent crack-downs on driving laws. If visitors to Spain are stopped by police or Guardia Civil for a traffic infringement, they must pay an instant fine before continuing their journey.