In Almeria it is therefore possible to find modern and bustling
tourist centres as well as those natural areas where man has scarcely
left his mark.
Virtually unspoiled beaches overlooked by stunning cliffs, big beaches
with fine sand, mountain ranges that cross the province from east
to west and the only genuine desert in continental europe are just
some of the striking features of Almería´s natural
In the interior of Almería can be found a desert landscape,
which has been used as the backdrop for many Westerns as well as
the classic “Lawrence of Arabia” or "Indiana Jones
and the las Crusader". Here you can pay a visit to visit Mini
Hollywood, which is very close to Tabernas..(Natural Place Tabernas
It was perhaps due to the beautiful scenery or the geographic situation
that many different civilisations came to Almeria in the course
of history. Important archaeological remains discovered in the province
have helped researchers understand and realise the existence of
very ancient cultures. Cueva Ambrosio, Los Letreros, Los Millares
and El Algar are all landmarks in the prehistoric evolution of Spain.
Almeria also contains traces of the Tartessos, Phoenicians, Greeks
and Carthaginians. The Romans, who arrived here from about the 3rd
century BC, named the capital Almeria Portus Magnus, and dominated
the area until the late arrival of the Visigoths in the 7th century.
Nevertheless, the influence of the Arabs, who held these lands for
nearly eight centuries, was the most important of them all. Following
the first Yemeni settlements in the vicinity of Pechina (the Bayyana
of the Arabs), the Moslems, Christians and Jews succeeded in living
together in harmony.