Though Almeria is located just 30 km (19 miles) from Europe’s only desert, it offers some beautiful green spaces for those in search of a breath of fresh air. From the grounds of its Moorish fortress to a botanical garden in a stunning natural park, here’s our pick of the most beautiful parks and gardens in town.
The Albardinal botanical garden is located in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar natural park, 47 km (29 miles) east of Almeria. It’s a well-planned space, with species of flora from the province’s different landscapes – desert, mountains, beaches – neatly arranged beside a winding path; and to complete the sense of being close to nature, the natural park’s surrounding landscape is always visible as you wander.
The gardens of Andalusia’s great Moorish fortresses are often as impressive as the buildings themselves, and those of Almeria’s Alcazaba are no exception. Sensuous, romantic and refined, they were an integral part of medieval life here, providing fruit and vegetables as well as aesthetic pleasure and a cool escape from Almeria’s desert-like climate.
Alcazaba de Almeria, Calle Almanzor s/n, Almeria, Spain, +34 950 80 10 08