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Almeria is definitely much less visited by tourists than Granada, Seville or Cordoba. I wanted very much to see this part of Andalusia because of its wonderful coast and in particular beaches, which appeared to be more difficult to find than I thought. But that was the time before I owned a satnav and with the map it was so much more difficult to find something in an unknown country. Almeria is the driest of the whole region and may be even the driest area in whole Europe. It is supposed to resemble American Southwest, that is why some European western movies were made here. The name Almeria originates from Arabic Al-Mariy-yat (the Watchtower), as the Alcazaba of Almeria was founded as a part of defence system of Arab towns in this region. The word alcazaba itself, from the Arabic word al-qasbah, signifies a walled-fortification in a city. Interesting facts which I found in Wikipedia: The Alcazaba has been used to film Conan the Barbarian, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Never Say Never Again as well as the syndicated TV series Queen of Swords used the inner courtyard and gardens.

This photo presents the courtyard and gatehouse of the Alcazaba of Almería. I regret not having a wide angle zoom at that time. This could help me to emphasize the agave a bit more.

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