'Knowing the difference between knowledge and wisdom is the best service a man could do to himself.'
Nicolas Alonso, the first ever president of the erstwhile Spanish Republic, thus noted in his memoirs the importance of being able to distinguish between knowing and understanding.
The primary motive behind quoting him here is the fact that he was born and raised in Almeria, and that's precisely the city we happen to be talking about here. While the major impetus and focus behind this short article would be to discuss the state of hotels in Almeria, a part of the text would also be dedicated to discussing the potential of Almeria in terms of sightseeing and other tourism related activities.
Before that, however, it would do us a world of good to 'understand' Almeria, rather than just knowing about it. We are quite sure that Senor Alonso would have approved of this approach!
Located in the South East part of mainland Spain, Almeria is often counted as a part of Andalusia. The city of Almeria also happens to be the capital of Almeria the province, making it one of the most important tourism, industrial and business hub of the region.
Being situated right by the Mediterranean Sea means that tourism and every sundry detail that goes with it comes naturally to Almeria, and this includes water sports, various adventure activities and even luxury Almeria hotels!
Budget Hotels in Almeria
Finding cheap hotels in and around Almeria is a task best undertaken with some sort of an idea about the region and its culture in mind.
The fact that Spain is not among the most expensive countries in Europe will play in your favor as a tourist, especially when cheap hotels are what you are going to be after. But still, to be able to locate and book a hotel that suits your budget and requirements means that you have to put a good deal of thought into the process. But worry not, for that is exactly what we have undertaken on your behalf. And what we have found out as a result of all these endeavors is nothing short of fascinating!
Average hotel tariff in Almeria is well at par with what Spanish average is. But a large majority of hotels in Almeria still charge their guests much lesser than what you would expect them to, especially considering the prime tourism repute that Almeria boasts of. But without getting into the analysis of it all, we would just cherish this fact and move on to naming the best choices in this particular category.
Hotel Estacion and Hotel Americano are two picks that we have zeroed in on. The criteria that we applied while carrying out the comparisons for this purpose were affordability, market reputation, ease of access and facilities made available.
Finding Luxury Resorts in Almeria
A Mediterranean tourist hub is seldom found without its fair share of luxury resorts being present there. That fact holds quite accurately true in case of Almeria, as a number of highly rated luxury resorts are housed within its city limits. The deal that tourists get while staying at these resorts is simple enough. Best amenities that money can possibly buy are presented just for the convenience of guests, making sure that their stay is made as welcoming and warm as possible. There is really no wonder then that guests feel rather uneasy while checking out (especially when it's time to pay off the bills!).
While we assessed quite a few luxury Almeria hotels for this purpose, it would be much too unreasonable, for the want of space and time, if not anything, to list them all here. So, we are just choosing to name two top picks in this hotel category.
AC Hotel by Marriott is among the best known resorts in town. The biggest claim to fame that AC Hotel Marriott has is the enviable range of views of the Mediterranean Sea it accords to its guests. Add to it the regular flavor of luxury that Marriott is famous for and you've got a winner on your hands!
Elba Hotel Almeria, a locally developed chain that is in operation throughout the European Mediterranean region, gives Marriott a run for its money by providing pretty much everything that Marriott does, only at slightly lower prices!
Independent and Boutique Lodging Options in Almeria
There are not too many independent and boutique hotel establishments in operation in Almeria. The thing that comes closest to the idea of independent resorts is a variety of homestays and beachside shacks that are usually made available for overnight stays for guests who want to spend a night out on the beach.
These are far from perfect, though. The reason for us to assert that statement is the fact that these options are usually considered a touch 'shady' and often unsafe. So, tourists are best advised not to run after the birds in the bushes, and just grab the ones that are already in hand, that is to say, conventional hotel and lodge options!
Sightseeing in Almeria
Cathedral of Santa Maria is one of the best pieces of renaissance and high-European architecture in Spain. Often visited by thousands of people every week, a trip to this famous cathedral should at the top of all sightseeing itineraries that revolve around Almeria.
Nijar National Park is located at a short drive from the city, and is a great place to spend a day or two in the company of nature at its wildest and grandest.
Many museums, art galleries and beaches also adorn the rosters of sightseeing in Almeria.
Almeria Weather: What You Need to Know
There's nothing of note that you need to know about Almeria weather. For what it's worth, it should be pointed out that Almeria features the typical Mediterranean clime, making sure that the weather never really fluctuates throughout the year.
This makes it easier for tourists to make plans, removing one important variable from the equation!