Almeria went through many sieges, was conquered by the Christians during the Crusades, then returned to Muslim control, and finally came permanently under Christian control in the 15th century, although still retaining a large Muslim population.
Almeria is one of the driest cities in Europe, with a true desert climate, and also one of the warmest, having never recorded a below-freezing temperature.
We leave the port and start hiking through town toward the castle.
Construction of the Alcazaba of Almeria began in the mid-10th century AD and the castle now consists of three large walled enclosures: a military camp, a palace and mosque, and three towers built after the Christian conquest. Many of the city streets head up to the castle, and the walk up is rewarded, once we arrive, with stunning, dominating views of the city and the harbor. The castle is the best-preserved Moorish fortress in Spain and definitely worth a lengthy exploration.
Beautiful gardens inside the castle
Outside of and even higher than the Alcazaba of Almeria (with more great views) is an imposing structure with the statue Cerra de San Cristobal, built in the Castle of San Cristobal, now in ruins, but connected to the Alcazaba by a line of walls.
Cerra de San Cristobal
Looking out from Cerra de San Cristobal toward the city and sea
Charming streets in town
And, random beautiful gardens