Almeria, “the mirror of the sea”, is the capitol of the Spanish province of Andalusia. Sandwiched between the sea and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Almeria is a popular tourist destination. The old city is a chaotic mess of narrow, cobbled streets and alleyways, with interesting historic architecture. Above the city the Alcazaba, the former Moorish castle, with the Castle of San Christobel attached to its walls, are popular with visitors. Almeria was bombed during the Spanish Civil War, resulting in almost three miles of shelters and galleries being dug under the Pasco de Almeria and other streets. Parts of the tunnels are now a tourist attraction. Tourism swells the population of Almeria during the summer months, drawn to its beaches and arid climate, but there is a relaxed atmosphere in Almeria. Locals are known as “lagaños”, literally, people with sleep in their eyes. There are many expatriates living in Almeria, mostly from Europe. The predominant languages are Spanish and French, though English is understood in the main tourist areas. Finding fellow expats in Almeria of a similar professional status may best be achieved by registering with InterNations, the online expatriate network for leading lights in industry, education, business and commerce. A common bond unites the community, and members willingly share their experiences of expat life with others, organizing social meetings and visits whenever possible amongst themselves.
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There are direct flights to Almeria from many parts of Europe and major Spanish cities. Intercity trains to Almeria run from Madrid and Barcelona, whilst regional trains operate from Malaga. The city bus service is adequate, though a car will be necessary for journeys into the countryside around Almeria. Many streets in the center of Almeria are pedestrianized, so walking or cycling is often the best option. Shorter term expatriates moving to Almeria are advised to rent serviced apartments and houses rather than purchase as the quality of properties, especially in the more rural areas, is variable. Spain does have strict rules on residency and issue of driving licenses, for example, and for advice and guidance, the InterNations platform is the ideal means of checking on Spanish regulations and local customs with fellow expats who are, or who have, lived in Spain and Almeria itself. Members can be trusted to give free and up to date advice and tips to help during your relocation as an expatriate to Almeria. For more general information on the process of relocating itself, the InterNations’ Expat Magazine contains a wealth of articles written by expats and our in-house staff alike on a wide range of expatriation-related topics.
Intensive horticulture is the main industry of the Almeria region, followed by tourism, fishing and marble quarrying. Hospitality, vehicle construction, shipbuilding, and finance are secondary employment sectors in Almeria. In the Science and Technology Park of Almeria, research is undertaken particularly in the fields of environmental science, agriculture and fishing. Employment rules and regulations in Spain are set by each province, not centrally by the government, which may well make networking with fellow professionals with experience of working in Andalusia via the InterNations website necessary to get accurate information. Life in Almeria has much to offer expats, with a hot, subtropical climate to enjoy in your leisure time. Finding fellow expatriates in Almeria through the InterNations portal is a good way to start networking and socializing. Almeria has several upmarket bars and restaurants offering international cuisines, and the city has many architectural treasures to explore. Almeria FC is the local professional football team, and the region has many mountain biking and walking trails. Watersports and cruising on the Mediterranean Sea may also be enjoyed by expats living in Almeria.