A weekend break in Almeria, whose Arabic name translates as ‘Mirror of the Sea’, offers you loads of choices depending on your taste and budget: high street shopping, museums, monuments, local bars, or a breezy walk down the promenade. Exploring on foot is easily done. You’ll stumble upon charming houses in the Old Quarter as well as the colossal seafront Alcazaba fortress and vast Cathedral of Almeria. Paseo de Almeria will take care of seasoned shoppers, and tree-lined Avenide de Frederico Garcia Lorca with its water fountains and sidewalk cafés will gladly have you for a relaxing drink after. Depicted in numerous artistic works, Barrio de la Chanca comprises colourful cave-like dwellings that will have you in awe. These troglodytic villages are, in fact, Almeria’s biggest claim to fame. The beaches of Las Salinas and La Almadrava de Monteleva are little pieces of paradise, and your city break wouldn’t be complete without a proper sunbathing session. While there, look out for the ruins of the atmospheric Church of Las Salinas right by the saltworks. Fifteen minutes from Almeria lies the fishing village of Roquetas del Mar, a gastronomic hotspot that’ll treat you to exquisite Andalusia-style fried fish, shellfish plates, and rice and lobster specialties. Foodies have never had it better!