Almeria

Almeria means “The Watchtower”, and was built by the arabs to ..well, watch out for invaders that wanted to come in from the sea. When we told our friends that that was its name, they said “well, it didn’t do too well a job on defence” and we argued that no, it didn’t defend well…but defence wasn’t the point, it was to watch. 🙂

I don’t know what we expected. But the Almeria…ns were extremely friendly (when they found out that I could barely understand their sock-in-the-mouth accent they all started speaking more slowly and sometimes adopted the speaking-with-hands technique that I use with some students, which I greatly appreciated), their tapas extremely good and the water amazingly beautiful. It reminded me of Sardegna.

When we mentioned our surprise in the beauty of Almeria, our friends cautioned us to not spread the word too much – they didn’t want crowds of tourists ruining what they had. So in my most convincing I-m-really-not-lying-I-promise voice, I’m going to end this post with a statement: Almeria is great but Murcia is much better. Go there. And leave Almeria to us..

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A protected area with an array of birdlife
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including flamingos!
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A watchtower!!
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One of the beaches in Cabo de Gata
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At the lighthouse. SO beautiful!
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A suitable mural
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Cabo de Gata is a natural park and the only buildings that can be used are all in old fishermen settlements that are sometimes still used.
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A church. Pity for the cars!
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A random fishing boat.
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Well thought of.
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A dried agave flower in our friends’ house. i wondered about this, until we went for a drive…
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..there were SO many!!
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Forests of agave flowers!!
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The beach we eventually chose.
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Amazing crystal-clear water
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And some animals to share the water with (there were urchins, too!)
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A house I wouldn’t mind living in
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And finally, LUNCH.
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Clams…
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..chipirones..
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..and paella!
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(two ways)

A great weekend…  Gracias Antonio y Regina! 🙂

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3 Comments on “Almeria

    • Vero? Ma che ci potevo fare, me lo hanno chiesto di non fare troppa pubblicita’…. 😀

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