Almeríans call their home ‘the real Spain’, claiming that because of the wonderful weather, a deeply Mediterranean flair, the breathtaking beaches and a rich and diverse cultural program. It also encloses the only desert-like area of the whole of Spain, the Tabernas desert of Almería. A lot of unspoilt beaches cover the coastline, creating a perfect destination for holidaymakers, as well as nature lovers and backpackers, with the many national parks and areas that seem unexplored and can only be discovered by foot.
There is a huge Moorish castle in Almería, the second biggest of the Muslim fortresses in Andalusia after the Alhambra in Granada. The city and its harbour gained importance after developing a popular silk industry. This city is one of the lastest Andalusian capitals to grow to a real tourism destination.