Almeria Airport and Area Guide

almeria beach and area guide

Name: Almeria Airport

Airport Code: LEI

Telephone: Number: +34 913 21 10 00

Address: Carretera Níjar, Km. 9, 04130 Almería

Almeria Airport

Almeria Airport is located 10 kilometres from the city of Almeria in south-eastern Spain serving the tourist resorts of Roquetas del Mar and El Ejido.

Almeria Airport offers year-round flights to Madrid and Barcelona along with several destinations in Europe that include Brussels, Dusseldorf, Munich, Luxembourg, London, Dublin, Birmingham and Manchester. In summer the number of flight’s increases as do the destinations served.

Almeria Airport Transport

Taxis

The taxi rank at Almeria Airport is located directly outside the arrivals hall. All taxis to and from Almeria Airport use a taximeter to calculate the fare, which does not include a supplement of 4.64€ for picking up or dropping off at the airport. Also, expect to pay0.61 per piece of luggage and a higher rate after 10pm and on weekends and holidays.

Private Airport Transfer

If you are travelling as part of a group, transporting sports equipment or have special needs such as a child seat or wheelchair ramp a private airport transfer could be the way to go. The top rated company on TripAdvisor is a company called Solhop. All their drivers speak English, drive newer vehicles and will meet you inside the terminal and help you with any luggage.

Public Transport

Route 30: Almeria Airport to Almeria

A bus between the airport and the bus station in Almeria runs between Retamar and Almeria with the airport located about halfway. Buses run every hour starting early in the morning 365 days a year.  The fare the trip is 1.05€ and is payable to the driver. The journey time from Almeria Airport to the main bus and rail station is approximately 35 minutes.

Car Hire

Renting a car at the airport is a great way to explore Almeria and the surrounding area which includes Malaga and Granada. Europcar, Gold Car and Hertz all have desks in the arrivals area of Almeria Airport.

Parking

Almeria Airport offers a wide range of short and long term parking options that include covered parking spaces with 24-hour security. Alternatively, there are several nearby parking lots that offer a complimentary shuttle between their lot and the airport.

What to see and do in Almeria

Home to several civilisations dating back to the Phoenicians and Greeks, Almeria is perhaps best known for its beautiful beaches and the spectacular Moorish Alcazaba (fortress).

Alcazaba

Built during the second half of the 10th century during the Moors rule of Spain, the spectacular Alcazaba fortress is a must-see while in Almeria.

Inside the walls of the fortress are three enclosures with the innermost built by the Catholic Monarchs following the Reconquista.

From the top of the fortress walls, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Catedral de la Encarnación

Almeria’s other must-visit attraction is the Catedral de la Encarnación, an architectural masterpiece constructed in the Renaissance and Gothic styles.

Built over a period of 40 years in the early part of the 16th century, the cathedral was not only a place of worship but also a fortress to defend against raiding Barbary pirates.

Almeria’s beaches

Spain is, of course, famous for its beaches and all the amenities that are on offer as is evident on the Playa de Almería a short walk from the town centre.

If you are looking for a wild, untamed beach, head to the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, where you will find untamed natural beaches in a scenic setting. Make sure to bring your own food and drinks though, as there are no facilities.

Civil War Tunnels

During Spain’s Civil War (1936-1939) Almeria was on the side of the Republicans and was the last socialist city in Andalusia to fall to Franco’s fascist forces. Before war broke out work was started on a series of underground tunnels and bunkers where civilians could shelter during bombing raids.

Today one kilometre of the tunnels are open to the public and offer an insight to what life must have been like in Almeria during the war.

Tabernas Desert

Regarded as being the driest area in all of Europe you only have to drive 30 kilometres north of the city and you are in the Tabernas Desert. While perhaps not the Sahara the Tabernas is nevertheless a barren wasteland of sand dunes, cacti and mountains. In the winter you can explore the area on foot, but during the summer stick to driving along the A92 as it’s far too hot otherwise.

Wild West Film Set

Ever wonder where the spaghetti westerns of the ’60s and ’70s were filmed? The answer is right here in Almeria. Italian director Sergio Leone had a limited budget and could not afford to shoot his movie in Hollywood, so after searching for the perfect location decided that the Tabernas Desert was as close to the American southwest as he was going to get. He also took a shot on a then unknown actor called Clint Eastwood and the rest is history.

Today, while in Almeria you can visit the locations where Leone filmed “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Besides the attractions we have listed here Almeria has six golf courses you can choose from, two water parks and plenty of activities for families.

There’s plenty to see and do in Almeria!