Almeria, Spain is a little known treasure with varied beaches and a barren interior. Not that well known among foreign tourists, it provides an opportunity to enjoy a holiday away from commercial enterprise with all of the beauty of the Spanish coast. Founded well before the 15th century the city is home to many galleries, museums and structures that tell the story of its history. The old part of the city is home to examples of medieval architecture, archways and colonnades, quiet squares and unique cave dwellings in the hill above the old gypsy quarter. The centre of the city holds La Rambla, a long street with squares, lovely cafes and play areas for children. A strong African influence adds interesting elements throughout the city. Hand crafted coral work made in the city is known throughout the area and is both unique and lovely. Nature lovers, hikers and scuba divers will find themselves captivated by the Cabo del Gato-Nijar nature reserve with a combined desert landscape and rugged coastline. Other popular sports include paragliding, horse riding and golf. Almeria boats the greatest number of cloudless days in the country with more the 3000 hours of sunshine annually, making it a perfect way to reconnect with the sun. With all of that sunshine it s not hard to understand why the water is often even warmer than the air, making even simple swimming a joy. A warm and dry climate, the area is well known for its oranges and white grapes which can be sampled alongside authentic Spanish cuisine.