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Almeria is the capital of the Andalusian province of the same name and is located in the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Caliph Abd al-Rahman III founded the city in 955 and it quickly became a rich port from which silk, oil, and wine were exported. Today, Almeria is a popular tourist destination boasting beautiful beaches, architecture, and the only desert in Europe, among other attractions. Almeria is also considered the city with the lowest rainfall in Europe and at the same time the second warmest city with an average temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. Temperatures below zero have never been recorded in Almeria.
If you have decided to visit Almeria, you will definitely not regret it. Besides the beautiful beaches, there are a lot of attractions worth seeing in and around the city. One of the biggest attractions is certainly the Wild West Territory, as many call it. Almeria was a popular filming location for Hollywood productions in the '60s and '70s. Many of Sergio Leone's westerns were filmed here, and the original locations built for the films Little Hollywood, Fort Bravo, and Western Leone can be seen.
Another great advantage of Almeria is that despite its growing popularity with tourists, the town is not too crowded. A stroll through the city will definitely impress you. Another advantage of this pearl of Andalusia is free tapas, or at least the snacks you get in the pubs when you order a beer. The city has a rich history and a mixture of different religions, mainly Islam and Catholicism, which is reflected in the architecture. However, the city was often the target of attacks during wars, both during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. This in turn left underground tunnels, some of which are now open to tourists. The city also has very interesting and varied nightlife. For those who like to dance, Almeria has a variety of clubs and bars with a variety of music styles to suit all tastes. The city also hosts various festivals, concerts and other cultural events. If you coordinate your trip with one of the festivals or concerts, you will leave with even more enthusiasm for this beautiful city.
But you should definitely visit the beaches as well. One part of the city is Zapillo beach, where there are also bars and restaurants so you will not go thirsty or hungry. You can also rent a kayak or take a scuba diving course at the beach. Just outside the town is the Cabo De Gata Natural Park, which also includes a unique coastline with beautiful beaches. There is hardly any vegetation in the park and this mix of desert look and sea is really something special. You can also explore the park on horseback, which is also a wonderful experience.
Basic info and car hire in Almeria
- Location: Andalusia, Spain
- Population: 196,851
- Official language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Almería has a hot semi-arid climate (BSh) bordering on a hot desert climate
- Holidays in Almeria: Find more information about public holidays in Spain here.
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Almeria are in good condition.
- Car hire in Almeria: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Almeria is Almeria downtown and Almeria Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Almeria!
Driving in Almeria
To drive a car in Almeria, you must be 18 years old, have a valid driver's license, and show valid proof of insurance for the vehicle you are driving. In Almeria,, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limit on the motorway is 120 km/h (75 mph). On normal roads the speed limit is 90 km/h (75 mph), on urban roads, it is 50 km/h (50 mph), and on all other through roads, there is a speed limit sign.
It's good to know that Spain has strict drink-driving laws, allowing only 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood - stricter than in the UK, where the limit is 0.8. Novice drivers are effectively banned from driving under the influence with a very low limit of 0.1 mg/l. Seatbelts front and rear are compulsory everywhere.
One thing: for those not used to roundabouts: There are a lot of them in Spain! And the following rules apply: The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way unless there is a traffic light at the roundabout that regulates the flow of traffic. Before leaving the roundabout, you should put on your right turn signal to indicate that you are leaving the roundabout.
If you are caught speeding in Almeria, the Spanish police act very quickly, and lack of Spanish is not considered an excuse. The police do not mind that you are a tourist on holiday, and fines are often issued immediately unless you can prove that you are a permanent resident in Spain. If you receive a fine, make sure the officer gives you an official receipt and if you pay immediately, the fine is usually reduced by 20%.
The Spanish law on the use of indicators on motorways is strictly enforced. You risk a fine if you fail to signal before overtaking and after overtaking if you move back into the adjacent lane. Traffic coming from the left always has the right of way. If you see a solid white line in the middle of the road, do not cross it. Continue until you either see a dotted white line or look for a sign that says "Cambio de Sentido" where you can safely and legally turn around.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is prohibited in Spain in all areas where the curbs are marked yellow. The parking spaces marked in blue usually have a parking meter and you must buy a parking ticket to park in these spaces. You will usually find a machine nearby where you can purchase your parking ticket. Most of these blue areas have a parking limit of 2 hours, but this is clearly displayed on the machine.
Car Hire in Almeria
Most popular car hire at Almeria
The most selected hire car in Almeria is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Almeria are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Almeria
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Almeria. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.
Almeria-Seville (420km with approximately 4-5 hours of drive)
Almeria-Malaga (200km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
Almeria-Murcia (228km with approximately 2-2,5 hours of drive)
Almeria-Granada (167km with approximately 2 hours of drive)
What to see in Almeria
La Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress and the second largest Muslim fortress in Andalusia after the Alhambra in Granada. It dominates the city mightily and consists of three fortifications, each built at a different time. The first was built to protect against enemies and, in a sense, to protect the inhabitants. The second was built a hundred years later and provided a residence for the ruler. The third and most recent, like the first, was for the defense of the city and the residence. Within the fortress of La Alcazaba, houses and a mosque were also built.
Castle of San Cristobal
These are the ruins of an 11th-century Muslim fortress located very close to La Alcazaba. An interesting mix of Islam and Christianity can be seen in the way it was constructed.
Cabo de Gata
East of Almería lies this natural park that encompasses an entire cape and the rocky volcanic landscapes within. With less than 200mm of rainfall per year, this is the only subtropical desert in Europe, but you'll be amazed at how much there is to see and do here: You could climb the highest peak, El Fraile, a long-extinct volcano that stands 500 meters high and offers magnificent views of the sea and coastal settlements. The park also has abandoned mining villages and secluded beaches that you can almost have to yourself. There are signs of natural life everywhere, especially on the salt marshes near the headland where thousands of large flamingos congregate.
Museo Refugio de la Guerra Civil
Nine meters underground are tunnels that were dug in 1936 and provided a refuge from German bombing raids. Today, these underground tunnels are housed in a kind of museum where you can learn more about the Spanish Civil War in addition to the German bombing of Almeria, as part of these underground tunnels were excavated during the Spanish Civil War and also served as a shelter or refuge for the inhabitants.
In this attraction not far from the town of Tabernas, north of Almería, you can live out your Western fantasies. Mini Hollywood has a set that was built in 1965 for the spaghetti western For a Few Dollars More ( Sergio Leone) and was used a year later for the other classic, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. After filming was completed, the extras banded together to buy the set and keep it as an attraction. You'll see cowboy stunt shows and can-can dancers in the town square, and you can walk the promenade or cool off in the cells of the town jail.
This mighty-looking cathedral dates from the mid-16th century, replacing a predecessor that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1522. It was built at a time when the Mediterranean coast was under constant threat of pirate raids North African Barbary, which explains the high defensive walls and the lack of openings on the façade. The building is a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical elements added over the centuries, and is listed in Spain. One of the oldest elements inside is the choir with 75 seats carved from walnut over three years.
Beaches in Almeria
And of course, we can not forget the beaches. In Almeria and its surroundings, you have a really wide choice of beaches and each one is worth a visit. The length of the coast of Almeria is more than 30 km and includes more than a dozen beaches, for every taste.
La Fabriquilla is a popular sandy beach with a clear sea. It is just over 0.5 km long.
Almadraba Monteleva - a small sand and pebble beach with a beautiful view of the church and the bay with fishing boats.
Las Salinas - considered one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Almeria with white sand and clear sea. Its length is 5 km and its width is 100 km.
San Miguel is one of the most visited beaches in Cabo de Gata. Its length is more than 2 km.
Las Amoladeras - one of the urban sand and pebble beaches with a length of more than 3 km.
Nueva Almería - one of the most important and popular beaches in the city.
San Telmo is a beautiful sandy cove set between cliffs.
La Garrofa is the westernmost beach in a small cove between the cliffs.
Drive your rental car beyond Almeria
If you are in Almeria, then a rental car is really the best solution. As soon as you leave Almeria, a beautiful view of the countryside opens up before you with long, winding roads that you simply must experience. As well as the beautiful coastline and mainland, you will also be amazed by the villages and towns that you can visit as you drive through this beautiful country.
A spirited and sunny country in the south of Spain, Andalusia is home to flamenco, bullfights, and picturesque towns. Its turbulent past, with the long presence of the Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, and especially the Moors, can be felt both in its cultural heritage and in the typical way of life of the friendly Andalusians.
When in Andalusia, be sure to visit the capital city of Seville, considered one of the most popular destinations in Spain. This beautiful city, like Almeria, has a mixture of Islam and Christianity reflected in its architecture. Added to this is the Spanish temperament, which is based on the tradition of bullfighting. All this together gives the city a special charm that you will not soon forget. Take the time to get to know this pearl, as it offers not only stunning architecture but also a large number of quality museums. In addition, you can also indulge in culinary delights in the city, because in addition to the traditional tapas, you can of course enjoy Andalusian cuisine at the highest level.
However, on a foray through the south of Spain, you might also be tempted to venture into English territory. Gibraltar is also worth a visit. Some will be most interested in the duty-free shops, while others will visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar, where there are wonderful walking trails. And then there are the exciting caves of San Miguel, which you should not miss either.
Enjoy the culture in Almeria
Where to eat, drink, and party in Almeria
The gastronomy of Almeria has a typical Mediterranean character, but it still has its own peculiarities. The main ingredients of Almerian cuisine are fish and seafood, vegetables, and olive oil. Typical dishes: Wheat cereal with meat, Migas, potatoes with dried peppers and cumin, Sheridan (toast with meat or fish), Guarulhos (squid or octopus dish), Acelgas Esparra (spicy soup), Lomo al Ajillo (meat with garlic and potatoes), Ajo Blanco (thick cream with garlic, bread, ground almonds, water, olive oil, and salt).
In Almeria, of course, you can also enjoy excellent tapas. The city is full of bars where tapas are brought to you for free when you order drinks. They are really something special and should not be missed.
As for the nightlife and parties in Almeria, you certainly will not get bored. Everyone can find a club to their liking. The choice is really diverse, you can have fun both on the beach and in the city. Of course, like most Spanish cities, Almeria hosts various festivals, concerts, and other cultural events throughout the year, and again, everyone can find something for themselves.
Best restaurants in Almeria
Wakea Poke Burger
Restaurant Les 2 Freres
La Tagliatella CC Torrecardenas, Almeria
Restaurante Blanca Brisa Cabo de Gata
What you need to know about renting a car
How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone:+44 20 8089 0089
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:
- Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
- One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher, and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.
How do I find cheap car hire online?
Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire.
How many countries do you compare to?
We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany.
What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add a driver to my booking?
You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
How can I add a flight number to my booking?
You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at email@example.com, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking.
Do I have to pay for toll roads?
If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle.
What does deductible mean?
If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.
What is a Collision Damage Waiver?
Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.
What is Theft Protection?
Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.
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