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 In its heyday, the fortress could house 20,000 troops.
 One of the main problems overcome by the Moors was
 supplying them with enough water in this township that   Private Charters
 sits on the edge of Europe’s only semi-arid zone. They
 built aqueducts from the hills to the north of the city   Dolphin Sightings
 using technology borrowed from the Romans and, by a
 complicated system of underground water cisterns   Gibraltar Trips
 (aljibes), and a water wheel, they piped water through
 the fortress to provide water for drinking and
 bathhouses. The aljibe can still be seen today in the first   Sunset Tours
 section of the Alcazabar that is now a beautifully laid out
 garden but was once a major residential area. As you
 pass through the fortified wall at the north end of this
 section, you will see the wall built in the 11th Century,
 crossing the ravine to the east that massively extended   Fishing with Isabella II
 the town.
 The second section is the fortified palace city. Buildings
 in this area housed the nobles and included mosques,
 houses, baths and a system of aljibes separate from that
 of the rest of the town. The Palace of the Almotacin was
 at the north end of this section. Today the great cross-
 shaped courtyard is still there, with, in the southeastern
 corner, the Queen’s Private Bath. The third and highest
 section clearly shows a different style of architecture
 with circular towers. This area was built after the
 Christian monarchs took the city in 1489. Access is via a
 drawbridge over a moat. From the enormous Tower of
 Homage and Tower of Gunpowder, there are excellent
 views over the entire Alcazabar and beyond to the port   notice a third, mostly uncelebrated legacy of the
 and city.  ironworker’s craft, the Central Market, Mercado
 If you look south-east from here into the city, you will see   Central. Despite the out of town shopping centres,
 what appears to be another fortress. It is, in fact, the   it remains a thriving meat, fish and vegetable
 Cathedral. It was built during the 16th Century and served   emporium. Opened in 1892 the gates and window
 as both a place of worship and as a lookout point to warn   grills are as elegant and delicate as filigree.
 of the Berber pirates that were prevalent at that time.   Apart from the Alcazaba and Cathedral, the main
 The four towers at the corners of the solid square   attraction is the Archaeological Museum. The
 building all had a cannon installed for further defence.   museum was purpose-built to house the exhibits
 Although unusual to find a fortified church, if you enter   from the world famous Copper Age site of Los
 the building, you will discover why it was thought   Millares, and they have made a magnificent job of   Our visitor season is almost in full swing and   and Bonitos in addition to our normal bottom fishing.
 necessary. In the centre of the Cathedral is an impressive   it. It was opened in 2006 and in 2008 won the   already we have had some great days out fishing.  Mahi mahi means ‘very strong’ while Bonitos are
 altar with priceless artwork including a tabernacle   European Museum of the Year Award. For those   On last month´s trips, we had an interesting   members of the tuna and mackerel family. Both fish can
 designed by Venture Rodriguez and paintings by Alonso   interested in the prehistory of the area this museum   variety of serious fishermen, dolphin-sighters and   be relied on to provide good sport.
 Canon.  is an outstanding example of what can be achieved.  fun swimmers on board.  Weather prospects for June are looking promising for
 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella did not wrest Almería   More recent history can be seen below the Paseo   We are now looking forward to offshore trolling   long and short trips so come on board for your own
 from Moorish hands until 1489. Over the following   de Almería. Between 1937 and 1938, over 4.5   for the bigger fish, such as Lampuga (mahi-mahi)   unforgettable Mediterranean experience.
 hundred years, no less than four earthquakes devastated   kilometres of tunnel was excavated 9 metres below
 the city, so most of what you see now is 16th Century and   ground. These were to protect the inhabitants of
 later.  the city during the Spanish Civil War. Tours of the   Come and join us on board
 The ruined city declined until the 18th Century when   renovated tunnels may be arranged by
 British and French companies moved into the area to   appointment. The tourist information office has   Sailing daily from Estepona Port
 mine the iron ore found nearby. Their legacy is the   details.
 elevated rail track at the eastern end of the city that took   There is enough to see in the city of Almería to   (trips all year round weather permitting)
 the ore to the waiting boats. It was built by a British   occupy the visitor for a day or so. Its real value is as
 mining company, ‘The Alqife Mines Railway Limited’ in   a centre from which to explore the surrounding   +34 722 590 257  info@spanishmediterranean.com
 1902. Close to the elevated track is another beautiful   countryside, east to the Cabo de Gata with its
 example of iron architecture, the railway station, built in   superb beaches, north to the copper age sites and   +44 7922 710881  www.spanishmediterranean.com
 1895. In the central part of the city, astute observers will   into the desert to visit western cowboy towns.


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