Almeria Airport Information
Located in the south-eastern corner of Spain, Almeria Airport is situated 9km to the east of the city of Almeria.
Almeria Airport is much smaller than Andalucia's main airport at Malaga, but is closer than Malaga to Granada, Mojocar, the ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada and the unspoilt beaches of Costa de Almeria and to the eastern towns of Costa Tropical.
Facilities at Almeria Airport
Almeria Airport has a cashpoint in the departures hall, a chemist, a police station and medical area and all the usual duty free shopping and restaurants.
AENA the Spanish authority which runs Almeria Airport have an information desk inside the terminal building. If you are lost, or have any questions regarding airport facilities including disabled access, their representatives will speak English and should be able to help.
Transport at Almeria Airport
There are 3 options for getting to and from the airport - rental car, bus or taxi. There is a regular bus service to Almeria operated by Serbus which takes around 25 minutes to Almeria city centre. A taxi should cost around €15 to Almeria and €25 to Roquetas de Mar.
Flights to Almeria
Almeria has plenty of low cost internal flights operated by Vueling. Monarch and Easyjet fly to Almeria from Gatwick and Manchester, Jet2 offer both flights and holidays from Leeds Bradford (and are opening a route from Newcastle) and Ryanair fly from London Stansted.
Where to Stay
There are no hotels at Almeria Airport, so if you have an early morning or late night flight, the centre of Almeria (which is around 9kms from the airport) is probably the best option if you require a stopover. Many of the hotels in Almeria have sea (or harbour) views, and are very reasonably priced. Hotels in Almeria are generally cheaper than in the neighbouring Costa del Sol, expect to pay €40-80 per night depending on the season and quality of accommodation.
If you want to avoid the busy city of Almeria, around a 20 minute drive to the west of the airport is Roquetas de Mar, a traditional Spanish beach resort with many low cost hotels and apartments. There are buses to Roquetas from Almeria bus station run by Alsa.
Close to Almeria Airport
The Almeria region is the most arid area of Spain, and combined with the warm temperatures much of the interior of Almeria is desert. The Tabernas Desert in Almeria was the location for the filming of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western Trilogy starring Clint Eastwood and scenes from Indiana Jones were also filmed in this rather alien landscape.
Costa Almeria is far less developed than the Costa del Sol, and much of the coastline is unspoilt, particularly to the east. To the west much of the coastal area is dominated by huge greenhouses growing fruit and vegetables throughout the year. The Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park is Spain's largest area of protected coastline, and has some spectacular views and rock formations along the coast.
If you are visiting Costa Almeria in summertime, the heat can be intense, so September to May is perfect for walking, bird-watching, golf and other outside activities.
Around 1 hour's drive to the north west from Almeria is the historic city of Granada home to the stunning Alhambra Palace. The palace can be very busy, particularly in summer, so it is worth booking tickets in advance to avoid queueing in the heat.
The Sierra Nevada which surrounds Granada has some of the best ski resorts in southern Spain, and the season runs from late November to late April.