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The province of Almeria, Andalusia, Spain:
Almeria is the easternmost province of Andalusia. Arab and Christian monuments give their characteristic stamp to the more than hundred different townhalls of which this province is composed. The identity of Almeria is its centuries-old history of the many cultures and civilizations having established themselves in this region. Arab civilization had a strong influence on Almeria. In the capital Almeria you can visit the majestic Alcazaba, the cathedral-fortress; the Basilica Virgen del Mar (patron saint of the city) and Los Aljibes de Jayran (Moorish cisterns). Monuments like the Palacio de Almanzora (palace), the Castillo de Velez Blanco (castle) or the Castillo de Gergal are also worth a visit. Christian civilization left a great number of churches and convents throughout the province, and along its 200-km coastline you find watchtowers, lighthouses and fortresses, like the fortress of Guardias Viejas next to the village of Almerimar.
The capital of Almeria is located in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula and is one of the Spanish cities with the most hours of sun in Europe, where you can enjoy a continuing spring season most of the year. Other treasures of nature that make Almeria highly attractive to tourists are the famous nature park Cabo de Gata and its beaches and the almost 2000 ha nature park Punta Entinas-Sabinar, which has a protected area of 785 ha and provides a home to flamingos. El Poniente de Almeria (in the western part of the province) and El Levante de Almeria (in the eastern part of the province) offer a wide variety of tourist activities during summer and winter.
La Comarca del Poniente is the part of the Province of Almeria with the most tourists. It has a large number of attractive beaches and hotel complexes as well as natural coastal environments like Punta Entinas-Sabinar, which connects the village of Almerimar with Roquetas de Mar, Las Albuferas of Adra, El Arrecife Barrera de Posidonia of Roquetas de Mar and Las Salinas of Guardias Viejas. They are all worth a visit during your stay in Almeria.
In the interior of the province you can find its historic and artistic heritage, like the Yacimiento of Ciavieja in El Ejido and the archaeological remains of Roman aqueducts in Vicar. Tourism in the interior part of the province is growing, thanks to the charming character of the towns Celin and Dalias as well as the small villages of Felix and Enix. People devoted to windsurfing and kitesurfing will be captured by the places Ensenada de San Miguel at Almerimar and Playa Serena at Roquetas de Mar. Golf-lovers can choose between several golf courses like Golf Resort Almerimar, Golf Playa Serena and La Envia Golf. Fans of nautical sports will find their refuge at the marinas of Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar, Almerimar or Adra, where possibilities exist also for diving, paragliding and hang-gliding.
One of the big attractions of the Province of Almeria is its coast. From Levante to Poniente, Almeria has over 200 kms of coastline. The beaches are all different. You find beaches with sand glistening like gold as well as beaches with big rocks, and many other types of beaches. There is a great number of coves, some in protected nature reserves, where you can still find virgin beaches. All along the coast you find a great number of lighthouses, and fortresses which helped Almerian people protect their land thousands of years ago. The Poniente has well-known beaches, where the wind and the waves are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Thanks to the former World Champion windsurfer, who comes from Almerimar, a lot of people go to the beach of this village to try the waves. People who like solitude find it in the Levante coves, like Cala Raja, Media Luna, Higuera, Penon Blanco, del Plomo, En Medio, Cristal or on natural beaches like Playa de Monsul y Genoveses at San Jose, Playa de los Muertos at Carboneras, Playazo at Rodalquivir, Cala San Pedro between Aguamarga and Las Negras, Cala Panizo at Cuevas de Almanzora and Playa de San Juan de los Terreros at Pulpi.
The Province of Almeria has 9 marinas for the nautical tourist, in total over 3200 berths. All possible aquatic sports can be practised around these marinas, which are Adra, Almerimar, Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce, Almeria, San Jose, Carboneras, Garrucha and Villaricos. Because of the rich plant and animal life at the sea bottom and the virgin beaches the Province of Almeria is an oasis for diving.
The Province of Almeria has 10 golf courses, which are Alboran Golf, Country Club La Envia Golf, Club de Golf Playa Serena, Golf Resort Almerimar, Desert Springs Golf Club, Cortijo Grande Golf Resort, Valle del Este Resort, Playa Macenas Beach & Golf Resort, Aguilon Golf and Marina Golf Mojacar. The priviliged climate makes Almeria an ideal region to play golf. With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year and its golf courses situated on highly priviliged surroundings, Almeria is one of the best tourist destinations for golf lovers. Each course is unique and offers different peculiarities, which make a golfplayer choose his favourite destination based on his preferences or skills as a golfer. The golf tourist can practise his swing on a course in a mountain valley, in a desert-like landscape or in an environment surrounded by nature's beauty next to a picturesque beach and with a view of snow-covered mountains.
Last but not least, the Province of Almeria is part of the journey most migratory birds make every year between Africa and Europe. Ornithological tourism names Almeria as a top destination to see some of the thousands of birds that pass through the province. Up to 15,000 birds of 70 different species find a resting place in the Almerian lagoons to recover their strength. About 10 wetland areas, of which one of the most important is Punta Entinas-Sabinar with a total of near to 2000 ha of which 785 ha are protected. It provides a home to a large number of flamingos. Las Albuferas de Adra and Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata are surely also worth a visit to observe animal life.