Alcazaba : Michelin's recommendations
From its ideal location at the top of the hill, the Aalcazaba overlooks Almería and the bay. Abd-er-Rahmán III had the fortress built in the 10C to defend the town; then it was enlarged by Soliman I Musta'in, who created a magnificent Moorish palace. Finally, after the Reconquest, the Catholic Kings built a Christian alcazar but during the earthquake of 1522, the building was severely damaged. The first wall contains some lovely gardens and the cistern. The watchtower wall separates the first wall from the second. The bell was used to warn people of attacking pirates. To the north, the walls link the alcazaba to San Cristóbal hill. In the second wall stands the palace building, of which a few buildings remain: the khalif's cistern (exhibition hall), a Mudéjar hermitage, a rebuilt Moslem house, a basin and the baths. The large esplanade was the weapons courtyard of the Almotacín's palace. In a corner stand the private baths of the queen. The third wall, further to the west, defended the castle that the Catholic Kings built. Note in the large patio the sturdy keep and its Gothic portal. Walkways with views of the town and the port between the arid hillsides and the blue sea. Note the working class area of La Chanca, whose modest troglodyte houses are painted in many colours.