Spain Guide


Almeria Nightlife

The Costa Almeria is certainly not the Mediterranean's hottest night spot but you'll find a good range of late night entertainment from traditional Spanish fiestas to decidedly English "beer and bingo" bars.

The city of Almeria offers a very Spanish nightlife with numerous cheap tapas bars and good restaurants offering regional cuisine, with a strong emphasis on fresh fish dishes. The Spanish eat late, often sitting down at 9 or 10pm, so you'll find the bars and restaurants stay open much later than in most north European countries.

There are many fashionable restaurants to be found on Avenida de Frederico Garcia and for good quality, reasonably priced, local fare head for the area of Puerta de Purchena at the end of the Paseo de Almeria.

One of the best restaurants in the town centre is the ultra chic Restaurante Balzac where you can enjoy live music with your dinner.

Marisqueria el Alcazar on the Paseo de Almeria specialises in seafood which is both top quality and good value for money. The city is peppered with good quality low cost restaurants where you can eat an excellent "menu del dia" a three course meal with wine for the same price as a gin and tonic in a London nightclub!

For some good tapas bars try the area of Tenor Iribarne. Touring the tapas bars until the early hours is a great way to savour the taste of the "real Spain" while eating plentiful, delicious food at prices which won't burn a hole in your pocket.

Stop at Bodega Montenegro, in the centre near the cathedral, where barrels are stacked to the ceiling and you can sample a great range of authentic tapas spicy prawns, mussels, local "chorizo" sausage and "albondigas" (meat balls in tomato sauce). Casa Puga in Calle Jovellanos is also excellent for tapas.

The city is not dominated by international tourism and you'll find live music at various venues throughout the year (unlike in the popular tourist resorts which only spring to life in season). Head for the town centre where you can take your pick of a couple of dozen music bars and clubs. Two of the liveliest clubs are Discoal S L in Calle de las Tiendas and Discoteca Lord Nelson in Calle Canonigo Molina Alfonso.

If you're visiting in August you'll be able to enjoy a really traditional Spanish knees up at the Almeria Fair which takes place during the last two weeks of the month. The city streets become a riot of music, dancing, processions, parades and bull running. Huge marquees are erected in the fairground and there's good natured mayhem and merrymaking round the clock.

One of the great things about Spanish all night parties is that they're not usually accompanied by the drunkenness and violence which mar similar "celebrations" in England and other north European countries. The only places you tend to experience those kinds of problems are in the resorts dominated by foreign visitors!

Other important fiestas take place in Almeria during the "Semana Santa" Holy Week, in Mojácar which stages its elaborate Moors and Christians parades in May and in Roquetas de Mar which celebrates its biggest fiesta in the old town in September.

For more "touristy" entertainment in the summer months, head north east along the coast to Mojácar where you'll find a hive of activity along the beachfront at night bingo, karaoke, cabaret shows and late night clubs. If you're pining for an Indian curry or bangers and mash this is the place to get it!

The tourist resorts to the west of the city Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar all have live music, open air cafes, clubs and entertainment for summer visitors.