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Costa de Almeria - The coastline stretches out on either side of the city of Almeria, with long beaches of sand and shingle. Not as populated as the other costas, the beaches of Mojacar and Roquetas are just the place to help improve the suntan. This is spaghetti western country, explore mini Hollywood with its film sets that have been built in desert like surroundings.

If you're looking for clear skies, reliable sunshine and fine beaches for your villa holiday, look no further than the Costa de Almería. With at least 300 sunny days and more total daylight in a year than anywhere else in the world, this south eastern corner of Spain is blessed with a perfect holiday climate. It's also blessed with a plentiful supply of villas and apartments to rent.

The freedom from clouds makes the area very dry and gives it its amazingly clear, bright light. Inland it's virtually desert, which is why so many famous films (including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A Fistful of Dollars, Lawrence of Arabia, Patten and many more) have been shot here. Several of the old film sets – including Mini Hollywood in the Sierra Alhamilla natural park – have been developed into complete Wild West towns, where you can enjoy dramatic western-style spectacles where the bank is robbed and the Sheriff takes on the bad guys three times a day!

Almeria's  cathedral is at the heart of the old part of the city, building was begun in 1524 to replace a predecessor wrecked by the earthquake in 1522. The architecture is a combination of Gothic and Renaissance, its fortress like appearance was due to suffering raids by pirates from North Africa. The north facade is an elaborate mid 16th century design by Juan de Orea.

The interior has a Gothic ribbed ceiling and makes use of jasper and local marble in some of its  neo-classical trimmings. The chapel behind the main altar contains the tomb of Bishop Villalan, founder of the cathedral, and is another work of de Orea, as are the choir with its stalls made out of walnut wood.

Almería, city capital of Almería prov., SE Spain, in Andalusia, on the Gulf of Almería. A busy Mediterranean port, it exports the celebrated grapes of the region, other fruits, as well as iron and other minerals mined nearby. The city has refineries, chemical and cement plants, and light industries. The sunny, mild climate attracts many Northern Europeans.

Almería has the largest naturist beach in Europe (also surrounded by naturist accommodations) called El Playazo.

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