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Set deep in the south east of Spain, the Almeria region is a relatively quiet and undiscovered area for British holidaymakers...
The city and wider province are steeped in history and tourists come to visit attractions such as the Cabo de Gata wildlife parks, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and resorts such as Roquetas de Mar for great beaches, shops and bars.
You can arrange hire car pick-up at Almeria Airport (LEI) and explore the region at your leisure. Almeria car hire providers can offer practical advice on driving in the area and will work with you to find the best package for your needs.
Almeria itself, with its Alcazaba, an Arab fortress and port, is a network of small winding streets leading to museums and local tapas restaurants that offer a real taste of Andaluccan cuisine. Visit the Olive Oil Museum or the Cathedral of the Incarnation, which boasts both late-Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Using you hire car you can explore the area and the many attractions it has to offer visitors...
Drive west to the coastal town of Aguadulce, with its water sports marina and Moorish heritage in evidence everywhere in the buildings. Continue on to Granada where you can visit one of the many parks, the Alhambra Palace or ski in the mountains and lie on the Blue Flag beaches in the afternoon.
Drive east to the salt marshes at Las Marinas where you can see several species of bird, including little egrets and flamingos. You can then continue east to the mountain village of Mojacar, a very British resort which offers spectacular views across the countryside and lots of little boutique shops selling traditional arts and crafts.
A drive inland will reveal a parched and semi-arid landscape, which resembles that seen in several Wild West films. Indeed, this barren and dried-up area was featured during the making of Lawrence of Arabia and the Spaghetti Westerns of Clint Eastwood. You can visit many film locations and film lots in the only desert area of Europe around Tabernas, an old film set close to the Texas-Hollywood Wild West theme park.