Almería & Cabo de Gata
Almería, sometimes also called “an extension of Morocco” is the most African of Andalucían port cities. Almería is famous throughout Spain for its beautiful beaches such as Cabo de Gata (we will talk about this beach in another section). A lot of beaches are completely unspoilt. Did you know that Almería has a desert? Yes, that’s true. It is the only desert in Europe and it is called Desierto Tabernas. This wild expanse of dunes, hills, and mountains receives little rain, and it is home to species of flora that are absent elsewhere on the continent!
In 2019, Almeria was named the Gastronomic Capital of Spain. It is a dream place for tapas! And the best part of this is that you can have tapas for free! How? Easily, just order a drink and you will receive a plate of tapas! Amazing, right?
This remarkable city is also home to The Moorish Fortress called La Alcazaba, it’s the second-largest Muslim cathedral in Andalucía! But do you know for what is Almería the most famous? It is a prime film destination! Let’s talk about it in the section below!
As we mentioned earlier, Almería is famous for film production. Films and TV shows have been made in Almería since the 1950s! During the 1960s and 1970s, Almeria’s Tabernas desert became a popular filming location for Hollywood. Countless Clint Eastwood films were filmed here! Also Cleopatra or Laurence of Arabia.
In 1966 John Lenon was in Almería filming How I won the war. During his stay, he wrote the world-famous song Strawberry Fields Forever.
In the 1980s Almería continued to be a hot filming place and became the birthplace for films like Indiana Jones, Never Say Never Again or The Neverending story and so many others!
The most recent world-famous TV series which has been filmed there was Game of Thrones! Almerían Desert became the Dothraki sea, the Torre de Mesa Roldán, in Cabo de Gata natural park, became part of Meereen, the city of pyramids and the Alcazaba fortress became the capital of Dorne (the kingdom of the House Martell).
If you would like to visit those filming places, you can book this activity after booking the trip!
CABO DE GATA
Let’s talk about the most breathtaking part of Almería. The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is land between deserts and beaches – the biggest protected nature reserve on the Mediterranean coast. You can find so many beaches there: Playa Genoveses, Playa Las Negras, Playa de los Muertos, Cala San Pedro, La Fabriquilla or Agua Amarga. The most beautiful beach is Playa de Los Muertos, but don’t be scared by its name. It is so called because in the old days this is where the bodies after shipwrecks used to end up.
An unforgettable experience awaits you with our trip and you will never forget it. Kayaking in the Natural Park Cabo de Gata! (Optional – but we highly recommended this activity)
This activity takes approx. 3 hours and it is an unforgettable experience. A great amount of the city’s sights can only be appreciated from this small boat and it is one of the natural areas affected by the greatest number of protection figures, both of a natural and cultural nature.It is an optional activity that costs 30 euros extra, and the embarkation point is La Fabriquilla, Agua Amarga or Cala del Cuervo, Las Negras.Depending on the wind from the west or east.
If this description of our next trip has made you dream and travel a little bit, then don’t hesitate to join us and live your Erasmus to the fullest and brag about having seen these treasures that Almería has to offer.
Check the video below, we are sure you will be amazed!
Our hotel in Almería – 4* Hotel Avenida
We chose the 4* El Avenida Hotel which is located in the city center. The rooms are double but if you would like to stay alone there is an option – A single room for 22€. The breakfast are included! Photos of our hotel are below:
1. Ruta Las Negras – Cala San Pedro
Total distance: 10km
Type of route: Circular route
SAN JOSÉ MAGIC COVES
A route with excellent views up to the Morrón de los Genoveses, a small hill next to the sea. Nice route along some of the magical beaches such as Genoveses, Mónsul and Barronal, along with some hidden coves.
The choice of route will depend on the kayaking activity. Because one of these places we will visit the day before.
The Kayak departure depends a lot on the wind. For days with an easterly wind the boat will be in La Fabriquilla or Agua Amarga. For days with a westerly wind, it will be Cala del Cuervo in Las Negras.
Elevation gain: 263m
Type of route: circular
Travel material: Backpack, clothes, sunscreen, camera, etc.
Food and drink: Bottle of water, maybe snacks for the first day. You can buy food and visit restaurants there.
Places 01 – 15/Until 20.05: Only 150€ (in 2 payments 50€+100€)
Places 15 – 30/Until 30.05.: Only 160€ (60€ +100€)
Places 30-50/Until 06/06: 170€ (70€+ 100€)
The deadline for booking is 06/06/22 or the maximum number of places 50 (whichever comes first). After that, we cannot guarantee the same hotel or the same price.
How can you book the trip?
1. You can Book Online (Extra 1 euro)
2. In the office 09:00 – 14:00 (Plaza Honduras 26)
3.You can book on the Language Exchange meetings (20:00 – 22:30):
- Monday in Bigben, Plaza Honduras 36
- Tuesday at Palau Alameda, Carrer de l’Arquitecte Mora, 2,
- Thursday in Bigben, Plaza Honduras 36
The hotel is El Hotel Avenida, a 4**** hotel located in the city center. Breakfast is included and the rooms are double but with a supplement of 22 euros you can ask for single.
if you are coming single, we will find your roommate. Your roommate will be same gender as you and we will try to have almost same age.
– Private bus
– Hotel with double rooms and breakfast
– Guide and professional organization
Does not include:
– Entrance to any attraction or museum
– Lunch or dinner
– Kayak ticket or Western Show
– Anything that is not written in includes
You can book all these activities with us separately after booking the trip.