Almeria castle workers protest at summer opening hours

ALMERIA CASTLE: Restricted summer opening hours

THIRTY workers of the Culture Department of the Junta de Andalucia staged a protest against the summer schedules that will leave Almeria castle closed for most of the week.

The protest took place at the doors of the Museum of Almeria where opening hours have been cut along with the Alcazaba monument.

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Workers read out a statement prepared by chairman of the culture committee Lorenzo Cara, complaining about “the drastic reduction of hours of more than 60 per cent compared with the previous year. This year Almería celebrates its millenium year and the 80th anniversary of the Museum.

“It is viewed with sadness that the Junta does not know the importance of these centres. Closing the Museum of Almeria in the evenings hurts the city, its tourism and its workers.”

The Alcazaba is due to open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to 10pm only. This is after a record number of visitors last year. Cara added: “What image are we projecting as a friendly city with its history and heritage when one of the most visited landmarks in Andalucia and one of the most important museums in  Spain is closed for the summer in the afternoon?”

The workers have announced another protest for next week and may be accompanied by other social groups.


  1. It is heartening to read that Spanish workers actually want to work. In France the junta’s decision would been seen as a triumph for the working man i.e. no work! The French favourite.
    The Alcazaba is a great place and it is sad the junta fail to recognise its overall importance. It is never just about the money but we have been so conditioned to accepting money as the god that we have lost sight of other, more important things. I hope the workers can make the junta appreciate that fact and encourage them to become more creative in their thinking.


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