Saturday, October 1, 2011


Sandy beaches aren't really my thing.  I can fully understand and appreciate the charm they hold for other people, but for me . . . not so much!  However, there is always an exception that proves the rule.  The city beaches of Almeria are that exception.  It is hard to imagine beaches any cleaner than those that stretch from one end of the city to the other.  Open to the public, one would expect to find liter of all kinds with a sprinkling of city waste.  Not the case.  These beaches are pristine. 
The breeze blows constantly . . . cool and refreshing.  A walk along the sea wall couldn't be more pleasant.
Bridging the railroad tracks between the sea and the city is a great arching conduit. 

The old railway station is quite a piece of art.

Here are three examples of the fountains the city is famous for.

The city ramblas was created when a great drainage ditch was covered, creating a walkway straight through the middle of town.  Kid friendly . . .
dotted with coffee shops and bars, with public transportation never more than a few steps away, it is a municipal wonder.

Like a giant topper on a cake of great city charm, an antique ore loading station arches over the beach to a ship long forgotten. 

Walking down the street, I turned just in time to catch this photo.  I don't know what I like more - the horse, the man or the child.  It looks like pure joy to me!

Of all the cities along the Costa del Sol, Almeria was my favorite!