The Alcazaba complex is entered through a watchtower that leads to the Puerta de la Justicia via some paved steps lined with a fine array of flora. Mauve bougainvillea, prickly pear, aloe vera, mimosa, jasmine and rose bushes tumbled down the slopes providing a pleasant contrast to the sandstone coloured fortress.
As so often happens in Spain some of their best sites of historical interest are poorly marketed or advertised.
The junta in Almeria are constantly working on improvements to the castle and walls of this Alcazaba.
As an example of an early fortified castle and city this is well worth a visit.
It is free to all E.U. citizens another plus
The Alcazaba on the hill dominates the city. You have a magnificent view over the city if you go there. It was built during the first half of the tenth century by the Cordoba caliph Abd ar-Rahman.
Within the Alcazaba complex you will see the reconstructed Arabic Gardens, located in the lower section of the Alcazaba after you enter through its gates. Water features have been restored and planted with an array of Meditteranean plants.
The Moorish fortified palace of the Alcazaba, built during the occupation of the Moors. The Caliphs constructed this huge fortress-cum-palace on the top of a 70 meter high hill. It comprises of some 35,000 square meters, divided into three fortified sections. You could spend a great deal of time here exploring the ruins, towers, baths, dungeons. The third enclosure at the very top of the hill, housed the palace of the caliphs, it was once thought to rival the Alhambra at Granada in its granduer.
Taken over by the Christians, it was expanded to its present size. The original mosque consecrated to the Archangel St. Michael by the catholic monarchs.
It is closed on Mondays.
Free entry to EU citizens on showing your passport or ID.
This wall was built by muslim king Hayran or Jairán in the XI century as an extension to the Alcazaba. They climb from the Alcazaba to the top of the eclectic muslim-christian fortress on top of Cerro de San Cristóbal. There is also an image of the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (the Holy Heart of Jesus) that overlooks the city, it was built in 1930 and restored few years ago with famous Macael marble stone.
La Alcazaba is the most important monument in Almería. It was built by Abd er-Rahman III as an outpost for the city of Bayyana (today Pechina) in 955 d.C., in which Almería is considered to have been founded. It has 3 resorts, one of which was rebuilt by the Catholic King and Queen, and an area of 43.000 ha., which makes it the biggest military muslim fortress in Europe. A whole army and over 20.000 citizens could gain shelter in it.
In about 90 meters above the city is the old Alcazaba located. It is one of the most impressive castles in southern Spain. And in former days it could keep 20,000 people in it. In the 10th century calif Abd ar Rahman III. started to build this palace. A big part of the buildings was destroyed by an earthquake in 1522, but they restore a lot since 1950.
It is really a wonderful place and not so crowded by tourists as the alhambra in Granada.
16. June - 30. Sept.:
10.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 20.00 o'clock
1. Okt. - 15. June
9.30 - 14.30 and 15.30 - 19.00 o'clock
Beach_dog also recommended not to visit it on Monday.... It's closed at that day.
Thank you Beach_dog!
Free entry to EU Citizens, great views over Almeria and beyond, very interesting site to visit with some super landscaping going on in the grounds.
Good views are seen of the city and port of Almeria from the Alcazaba. From above the city is an untidy jumble of rooftops, but when walking the streets, its character changes.
Part of the Alcazba fortifications, substantial parts or the city wall remain. Originally it would have surrounded the city and run down to the port. a very impressive size and distance.