When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Almeria?
Temperatures can be high in summer – in excess of 40 degrees – so the best time to travel is April, May, September or October, when the climate is more comfortable for sightseeing and you can also find cheap flights to Almeria. Easter is a good time to visit but return flights are likely to cost more. February is carnival time but fewer airlines operate direct flights out of season.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Almeria?
It’s best to book at least three months in advance to take advantage of the lowest fares on return flights to Almeria. Use Netflights.com to compare prices across airlines and routes to find the best deals. Check the website regularly for airlines’ promotions and offers and deals on last-minute flights may also be available in peak season.
Flying to Almeria Airport LEI
Almeria Airport (LEI) is located eight kilometres from Almeria city centre, in the bay of Almeria. It’s a gateway for tourism in the Almeria province, serving around a million international and domestic passengers per year, with connections to other popular tourist destinations in the region such as Roquetas de Mar, Cabo de Gata and Mojacar.
Iberia Airlines and British Airways both operate direct flights to Almeria from London Heathrow Airport. You can also find indirect flights to Almeria from other airports in the UK – Iberia Airlines offers Almeria flights via Barcelona from Luton Airport.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Almeria Airport (LEI) has a single terminal building. The arrivals area is located on the ground floor, along with customs and baggage reclaim. Upon arrival, follow the signs to the baggage reclaim area in the arrivals hall, where you’ll find four carousels. In the airport terminal, you’ll find a range of useful facilities and amenities for travellers, including shops, restaurants and a pharmacy, and free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal. Car rental agencies can be found in the arrivals hall, and taxis are located outside the passenger terminal as you leave. If you need any help when you arrive, you can ask at the tourist information desk in the arrivals hall.
Getting to the City from Almeria Airport LEI
It’s easy to reach Almeria city centre from the airport. Bus route 30 connects the airport to Almeria City, with a journey time of around 35 minutes. The bus stop is located just outside the main terminal building. The taxi rank is also outside the arrivals area of the terminal, and taxis in Almeria should be metered. Hiring a car is another good way of getting around and you can find car hire companies in the arrivals hall of the airport, though it’s worth pre-booking your car before you arrive.
Why Visit Almeria?
Flanked by the desert and the sea, Almeria is a port city that is emerging as a popular destination for British tourists, often as part of a wider tour of Almeria province or Andalusia. In the mornings you can experience the city’s bountiful Mercado Central in full swing, before exploring Almeria’s historic architecture, in particular the Moorish fortress of Alcazaba, which contains three compounds’ worth of streets, baths and places of worship.
At the Museo de la Guitarra, you can discover the history Spanish guitar music and the prominent local guitar-maker Antonio de Torres. Or take a tour of the Refugios de la Guerra Civil, a series of tunnels and underground shelters recreating the city’s wartime past. After exploring the city, head to one of Almeria’s lively tapas bars for drinks and bar snacks, or to a traditional bodega to try local specialities such as Iberico ham, fresh shellfish and seafood dishes.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to any country in the EU – you can stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. You just need to make sure that your passport has at least six months validity left, on the day you travel. The local currency is the euro, and it’s a good idea to exchange some money in advance to save time when you arrive at Almeria Airport, especially if you plan to take public transport to reach your accommodation. If you need to withdraw cash when you arrive there are cash machines on the ground floor of the terminal building.