Almeria : Spain


What It Is Like to Retire in Almeria

Almeria is the capital of the Province of Almeria in Southeastern Spain.  This ancient town was established by the Moors in 955 and was frequently fought over during the Crusades. The area is a popular one for tourism and for active adult communities. Because of its prominent desert features Almeria was the location for many spaghetti westerns and other famous movies (Lawrence of Arabia).

There is at least one active adult community near Almeria (see link at top right). Prices of real estate are in a great range from over 50,000 Euros for something very small or needing renovation to well over 1 million Euros. There is a good selection between 100,000-200,000 Euros. Photo of San Cristobal courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and Schumi4ever, photos of Views from the Alcazaba de Almeria courtesy of Wikipedia and Almju, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Almeria and Home Prices

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What Is Special about Almeria

Almeria has many interesting sights to see, including the Alcazaba, a mediaeval fortress begun in the 13th century but destroyed by an earthquake in 1522.  The cathedral is quite interesting. It also has the largest naturist beach in Spain, which local authorities would like to downplay.  One of Spain’s natural jewels is the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. The Park runs a long way through the beautiful and ecologically rich coasts of the western Mediterranean. The beaches are very special in Almeria and surrounding towns.

What Is Not Special about Almeria

It is a tourist city so you have to be ready for that.

Who Will Like Retirement in Almeria

People who want to live in a warm, dry part of Spain will like Almeria.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Almería witnessed spectacular economic growth from tourism and intensive agriculture. Plants and vegetables are grown intensely year-round in massive 'invernaderos' - plastic-covered "greenhouses".

Climate and Physical Environment

Almeria is located on the southeastern coast of Spain. It enjoys 320 days of sunshine a year. The temperature rarely goes below 46 degrees (F.) in winter, and tends to be in the 80's and 90's in summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a fairly large city of 200,000 there are ample cultural sights and events.


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Medical Facilities

Hospital Santa Maria Magdalena is one hospital in Almeria.


Almeria has an international airport.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Almeria
Travel guide to Almeria

What people are saying about Almeria

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