The word Almeria is an Arabic word which means mirror of the sea. Like many Andalusian cities, Almeria kept its Arabic name after it had been recaptured by the Spanish. It is an averagely sized city by the Mediterranean Sea with a population of around 200,000. In its region lies the Natural Resort (Parque Natural) area of Cabo de Gata.
Almeria has a Hot Arid climate (BWh). Almeria's winters are very mild, around 18°C (65°F). Summers are long and hot and often reach and exceed 40°C (104°F) in the shade during July and August.
Carriers serving Almeria include Monarch  from London Luton, Birmingham and Manchester, Ryanair from London Stansted, Iberia from Barcelona, Madrid and Melilla, BMIBaby from East Midlands, Easyjet from London Gatwick & Jet2.com  from Leeds/Bradford.
Also efficient are flights to Madrid or Malaga, followed by bus trips to Almeria. While requiring more time, they are often cheaper than direct flights to Almeria.
Almeria's train station is located on the Plaza de la Estación in the centre of the city and has services to destinations across Spain. Bus and train station are next to each other
The bus and train station are combined. Buses arrive from Jaén, Málaga, Granada and a variety of other cities all day. More options are available if routing through Granada, which is quick and simple. The station is located southeast of the center, and is a 15-25 minute walk from the center of town. The station is close on the night.
Ferries connect Almería to Melilla, Nador, Ghazaouet and Oran
There are numerous tapas bars located around the town, offering a choice of meat, fish and seafood as well as some typical tortillas and potato dishes. Tapas bars are typically visited by the locals before the night fiesta.
La Cabaña del Tio Tom. This is a great tapas bar on the Paseo Maritimo. The tapas are big in comparison to other place and still reasonably priced. This place is very popular with foreigners as well as locals. Make sure to make a reservation or get there when they open if you don't want to wait in line. Either way, the staff is also quite nice.
La Mazmorra. This tapas bar offers a modern twist on the tapas experience. [www.mazmorralmeria.com]
Taberna Nuestra Tierra, Jovellanos, 16, 04003 Almeria, Spain
A tapas bar with an interesting collection of dishes at a good price.
Most of the bars are located in the area known by the locals as cuatro calles (the four streets) in the very centre of the city and just under the Cathedral plaza. Depending on the day, a litre of beer could cost down to 2 euros in some bars.
Almeria is generally a peaceful town. Robberies or crime is highly unlikely although the locals might advise to keep away from the gypsy neighbourhoods at night.