Villages and small towns located close enough for a day
trip display their development from Moresque times. Nijar,
set in the mountains, is the city of pottery and patchwork.
The Alpujarras, foothills of the Sierra Nevada, feature springs,
rivers, and viticulture and invites one to enjoy day trips.
The hot springs of Los Baños de la Alhamilla have been
a popular destination for excursions since ancient times.
In Almería, the market hall offers exuberant pleasure to
all senses; a tour of the courtyard of the academy of arts,
a former monastery, and a stop for tapas in the Museo de Aceite
de Oliva in the Calle Real are almost obligatory. The ascent
to the Alcazaba, high above the city, leads you to the Moresque
history of Almería. The Spanish word for the Arabian name
is Espejo del Mar (mirror of the sea).