It's been months since I've seen the ocean - in fact, unless you count a morning in Greenwich, I haven't seen the coast since Italy three months ago - and as a sailor it's weird and even a little painful for me not to hear the waves and feel the salty breeze in my hair every so often. I spent a lot of my time down by the beach or the port just staring out at the water, enjoying the sight and sound of the ocean. I really have missed it - and watching the ferries arriving and leaving from ports in Africa made me wish I could jump aboard!
I also asked around about any tall ships in the area, but about the best anyone could offer me was a small private yacht, and as I've explained many times, when it comes to computers, ships and hot chocolates, I always say bigger is better! So Almería at least is off the cards for sailing, but thankfully there's more to Spain than Almería!
On Saturday morning I walked up to the Alcazaba, which I was curious about because there's a ruined Alcazaba in Baza that I stumbled across a few weeks back with no idea what it was. As I understand it, Alcazaba is an Arabic word for 'castle', and refers to the Moorish fortresses now scattered across southern Spain. The Alcazaba in Almería is quite extensive and impressive, a proper royal hall with defensive capabilities and large landscaped gardens.
The actual buildings are currently undergoing archaeological restoration and excavation, but the gardens were great. There's a Moorish fascination with water features that I've seen in all the architecture, often featuring a series of connected pools, and frequently surrounded by greenery. Of course, the other major draw of the Alcazaba is the view. As a defensive fortress, it's built on the nearest hill overlooking Almería, so for the price of walking up the hill I could see halfway to Africa!
|Travel guide perfect anyone?|
|My first walk down to the beach|
|Sunset from the port|
|The lighthouse at the end of the pier|
|"Sunset over the beaches..."|
|Artistically blurry shoreline photo|
|Could this be California, perhaps?|
|The Almería Cathedral|
|Plaza de la Cathedral|
|Streets in the old town|
|Views over Almería|
|Me in Almería - hi!|
|The Alcazaba gardens|
|Looking down through the Alcazaba|
|The bell tower|
|The archaeological works|
|Courtyard of the upper buildings|
|Eastern Almería - the old town|
|Looking out from the gun tower!|
|I'm in a castle!|
|The other side of the hill|
|The Alcazaba from the south tower|
|I love the blue building!|
|Looking across the water|
|The old pier|
|I really, really love that lighthouse|
|Am I leaving California??|
|More pretty buildings|
|Artistic photos of Spain According to Firefly|