Discover the best Instagram spots in Almería, Spain! Almería is a city of fascinating heritage on the shores of the Andalusian coast. We enjoyed exploring the Old Town of Almería with narrow streets filled with rich history and art and made sure to find all the best photo places in this city!
In this blog post, you will find all the best Instagram spots in Almería with descriptions, photos, and locations where they can be found on Google Maps. I am sure we covered all the most beautiful and iconic Instagram spots in this city so let’s dive in! Happy traveling!
1. Catedral de la Encarnación de Almería
Almería Cathedral is one of the most iconic and interesting buildings in the city. The cathedral was built in the 16th century and actually served not only as a cathedral but also as a defensive fortress against the Moorish forces.
You can actually see that the front facade of the cathedral looks different than you might have seen for other cathedrals in Spain. It has massive high defensive walls, defensive towers, and even holes that were used for cannons. There is a beautiful big square with tall palm trees in front of the cathedral.
The cathedral-fortress is the only this type of cathedral in Spain from that century. The facade was built in Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, but the interior is Gothic with baroque and Neo-Classical details. At certain hours you can visit the cathedral and its massive premises for an entrance fee.
Entrance to the cathedral is NOT through the front facade but through Museo de la Catedral de la Encarnación. Once you buy tickets you are free to roam around the inner courtyard, inside the cathedral, the sacristy and its multiple back rooms and museums featuring impressive collections of treasures.
The cathedral-fortress is definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in Almería. And it definitely is a photogenic place with multiple unique Instagram photo spots on the premises of the cathedral and outside. My favorite place was definitely the inner courtyard lined with archways and columns!
2. Alcazaba de Almería
Alcazaba de Almería is a must-visit tourist attraction in Almería. The best thing about it is that the visit to this place for EU citizens is free and only 1.50 EUR for nationals from other countries. For such a cool place with impressive views over the city, this is a great deal you cannot miss in Almería.
Alcazaba name comes from Arabic and basically signifies a walled fortification in a city. There are many Alcazabas in Andalusia that were built during the Islamic period in Spain – you can see them in almost every big city in Andalusia.
Almería city was founded by the Moorish forces in the 10th century and during that time Alcazaba de Almería was built. It featured many buildings inside like a castle, a mosque, water cisterns, baths, gardens, and living quarters.
Alcazaba de Almería has been featured in numerous movies like Conan the Barbarian, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well as in Wonder Woman 1984.
Alcazaba was also used as one of the locations for the Game of Thrones TV series when Alcazaba de Almería served as the capital of Dorne during the sixth season of the show.
The Alcazaba de Almería was one of my favorite places to visit in Almería. It definitely feels like stepping back in time. With its Moorish architecture, and impressive walls and gates, it is well worth your time!
The fortress is full of cool and iconic Instagram photo spots in Almería. My favorite places here were the Puerta de la Justicia gate which is one of the first entrance gates you go through when visiting the fortress. I also really enjoyed the gardens with pools and steps as well as the views over the city.
Location: Alcazaba de Almería
3. Balcony of Almería – Cerro San Cristobal
Where to get the best views in Almería? Cerro San Cristobal! It is a viewpoint on a nearby hill in Almería with panoramic views over the city. This place is also called the balcony of Almería and for a good reason! You have the whole city at your feet!
Getting to the top requires walking up the hill from the city. It is definitely challenging especially during hot days. There is a large monument of Jesus on the very top of the hill with a hollow bottom part where you can actually walk under the monument.
Despite being a bit dirty this is a must-visit spot during your trip to Almería. You won’t get better views than this – not even from Alcazaba. We had a car so we actually drove to the parking lot right at the bottom of the hill and then walked up. You can also take a taxi to make the climb easier.
There are multiple fantastic photo opportunities at Cerro San Cristobal. My favorite spot was taking the photo from the bottom of the monument with the view of the city. It created a frame for the city like in a postcard! One of my favorite Instagram spots in Almería for sure!
4. View of Alcazaba from Mirador del Cerro
While you are at Cerro San Cristobal don’t be too distracted by the views of the city like I was! I almost missed that from this viewpoint you can get the best views of the Alcazaba fortress.
With its massive defensive walls, the fortress in the background definitely looks like a scene from the Middle Ages. if you are looking for cool iconic photos from Almería, this is another great shot not to be missed!
5. Plaza Vieja
Plaza Vieja is one of the main squares in Almería. It is a beautiful square with a tall monument in the middle of it and arch-shaped portals all around it. This makes for a fantastic photo opportunity.
My favorite spot here was a tunnel that goes from the square under the building of Almería City Council. If you take a photo from this spot you get a cool view of the monument and a tower in the background. Definitely one of the coolest Instagram spots in Almería!
This 19th-century square is located right at the bottom of the hill of Cerro San Cristobal so you can visit this place on your way to the hilltop viewpoint (if you decide to walk up there on foot). I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere here with kids running around and people sitting on benches chatting.
The portal surrounding the square offers some nice shade during the hottest days. I recommend walking around the square through the portal – you will notice other tunnels connecting the nearby streets with the square as well as other beautiful photo spots like the blooming flower bushes.
6. Almería ferris wheel with Almería letters
Probably one of the most iconic Instagram spots in Almería is the ferris wheel with Almería letters in front of it and a Compass Rose painted on the ground. The wheel is located in Plaza de las Velas square right in front of the harbor.
On the day we visited the ferris wheel was not working, however, if you get to visit this place during its working hours then this would be a great chance to ride up to the top of the wheel and see the harbor from above.
Location: Plaza de las Velas
7. Rambla de Almería
Rambla de Almería is one of my favorite places in Almería. It is a long wide pedestrian boulevard surrounded by palm trees and other trees that offer shade during the day. It is the best place to go for a stroll around the city and maybe have a picnic on one of the benches.
Rambla de Almería offers beautiful photo opportunities with the straight boulevard lined with trees and the ferris wheel at the end of the street. We went there in the middle of the day when there weren’t too many people around (probably sleeping siesta?), so we got these great iconic shots from there!
Location: Rambla de Almería
8. El Cable Inglés
El Cable Inglés is one of the most unique places in Almería. The name El Cable Inglés translates as the English Pier – and it is a monument of industrial heritage. The pier was built at the beginning of the 20th century by Scottish engineers following the school of the engineer Gustave Eiffel.
Basically, it is a 1000-meter railway loading dock for minerals that were transported from French and British-run mines that produced iron ore, copper, and silver.
The English Pier enabled trains to travel all the way to the end of the pier next to the transporting ships. This reduced cargo loading time from for than a week to less than a day.
Today this metal construction simply serves as an industrial heritage and is declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. The best place to observe the pier is from Parque de las Almadrabillas park or from the seaside next to the Monument to the Almerian Victims of Mauthausen (a concentration camp in Germany).
Location: El Cable Inglés
9. The John Lennon bench
Did you know that the founder of the Beatles – John Lennon – actually lived in Almería for a short while? it is said that the famous song Strawberry Fields was composed right here in Almería. How cool is that?
Thanks to this connection there is a statue of John Lennon on a bench playing guitar in Almería. The statue is located in Plaza Flores square right in front of the Hotel Nuevo Torreluz Almeria hotel. If you are looking for fun and unique Instagram spots in Almería then this is the place to come!
Location: The John Lennon bench
10. Plaza Campoamor
I always love strolling around cities that I am visiting and kind of ‘getting lost’ – just going somewhere and looking around for some cool spots and nice corners. We found one of those corners in Almería not too far from the cathedral – Plaza Campoamor square.
It is a very small but pretty unique square. There is a small monument in the middle of the square with circular metal bars around it. The bars are covered by the “love” padlocks.
However, the most beautiful corner is the one with the enormous flower bushes. They are as tall as can be and bloom like crazy in all the most beautiful colors. There are benches to sit right under the bushes if you wish. Simply stunning!
Location: Plaza Campoamor
11. The most colorful house in Almería
If you happen to be in the area, there is this most colorful house in Almería with blue walls and yellow-red elements and decorations around the windows. The house is located next to a military object, so it is not clear to see it on the map, however, I have added the exact location below.
We walked past it on our way to Alcazaba de Almería, but honestly, it is just 5 minutes of walking away from the previous spot – Plaza Campoamor square. Almería Old Town is rather small so it is easy to walk everywhere. if you have time, check it out! By the way, it is a private home! No peeking inside!
Location: The most colorful house in Almería
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Almería is one-of-a-kind. The city offers the perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the impressive Alcazaba fortress to the idyllic streets and squares of Almería Old Town, this city captivated us with its Mediterranean charm and unforgettable experiences.
I hope you enjoy your time in this picturesque city as much as we did! And I hope you will get some inspiration from this blog post to make your trip even more adventurous, fun, and exciting! Almería was a whole new experience for us and we will definitely remember all the wonderful places we visited here!