Almeria City

IMG_2085I spent the final day of my trip around the Cabo de Gata in Almeria city. I thought it would be easier to get back to the airport from there to get my early morning flight home. It wasn’t . There was an airport bus but it ran when it felt like it, or not at all, and so I ended up having to get a cab anyway. Never mind; it was a pleasant enough city.

It reminds me of Malaga, or Malaga as it was 10-15 years ago, before they put up signposts and tidied it up a lot. Instead, I spent most of the day wandering round in circles in the heat getting lost, following signposts that suddenly stopped or else directed you round in a circle and back where you started.

There’s the Alcazaba (Moorish fortress), with great views over the city…IMG_2067

IMG_2080They do love their fountains…

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The art school…

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The art school

The Escuela de Arte was a surprise I came across whilst looking for something else. Housed in an old convent it can count Fredrico Garcia Lorca amongst its more famous alumni. It’s an amazing building, free to wander in and take a look. And it featured in Indiana Jones: the last crusade movie.

There are some nice little squares…

This is Constitution square, although on some maps it's Plaza veija

This is Constitution square, although on some maps it’s Plaza veija

A bronze statue of John Lennon…

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What? Well the former Beatle stayed in Almeria for six weeks in 1966, whilst filming a movie nearby. The house he lived in whilst he was here has now been made into a cinema museum (I didn’t go because it was a little distance out of town and only open mornings. By the time I got my bearings it was too late). This statue has been erected in his honour. It currently hangs out next to the Torreluz hotel but it moves around a bit (vandalism is a big problem apparently).

Oh look here's another fountain

Oh look here’s another fountain

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