|Alcazaba de Almería|
1) Drink Moroccan tea at Tetería Almedina
Friends had told me good things about Tetería Almedina, and my high hopes were met when I came for lunch. I ordered a cuscús dulce de pollo (sweet chicken couscous), a flavor explosion of almonds, dried fruit, juicy chicken, and light, savory couscous grains. To finish things off I got some Moroccan tea (green tea brewed with fresh spearmint leaves and lots of sugar) as well as some pastelitos árabes (“tiny Arab desserts”). It was a great introduction to Moroccan cuisine before getting it non-stop the next week.
2) Act like a pirate at the cathedral
|Walls of the cathedral|
3) Imagine you’re Moorish royalty at the Alcazaba
|The Alcazaba to the west|
4) Appreciate art at the Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía
|Merlons on the Alcazaba's parapets|
5) Go back in time…way back…at the Museo de AlmeríaAs a big history nerd, of course I’ll go to an archaeology museum if there’s one in the city. My experience in Almería was no different. Although the museum’s exhibits focus mainly on the prehistoric peoples that lived across the province—the Los Millares El Argar groups—there were also a few rooms about the Romans and the Moors, as per usual. It’s so funny that basically every province in Spain has some sort of collection of Roman artifacts, like it’s no big deal at all. Crazy! One of the most interesting exhibits is a massive wall of dirt, displayed like a cross-section of time where you can see the different layers or strata that represent the Neolithic peoples, the Phoenicians, etc. all the way up to the present day as you climb the stairs.
6) Take a ferry to Africa
|The ferry to Melilla|
From Almería you can catch ferries running to Morocco, Algeria, and (oddly enough) Spain: to Morocco, you can go to Al-Hoceima and Nador; to Algeria, you can go to Ghazaouet and Oran; and another ferry will take you to the Spanish exclave of Melilla, right outside of Nador.
7) Take advantage of free tapas
|Old town seen from the Alcazaba|
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