TOURISM is booming in Almeria, the provincial capital council says.
City Promotion councillor Carlos Sanchez stressed 2019 was a record-breaking year in terms of the main visitor number indicators.
Speaking at a press conference this week the councillor revealed visitor numbers to the city centre tourist office over the year totalled 55,303, a “very significant” increase of around 21 per cent on the 44,076 who passed through its doors in 2018.
It was the same story at the tourist information point in Las Salinas in Cabo de Gata, visitor numbers in the three months of summer exceeding 4,000 for the first time, and up from 3,558 in the same period a year earlier.
Sanchez pointed to the influence of Almeria’s status as the 2019 Gastronomy Capital of Spain on visitor numbers. The venue for the 272 food capital workshops attracted just short of 68,000 people.
The councillor also highlighted the popularity of last year’s guided tours of the city and unveiled the new offer for up until the end of March.
“In 2019 there were 25 visits, with more than 1,200 tourists. Taking into account that almost all the routes were full and with a very positive evaluation from the participants, for 2020 we have decided to increase the number of visits, all of them on Saturdays and Sundays”, he explained.
The ‘Your winter in Almeria’ programme of tours will give visitors the opportunity to discover the city’s historic centre, the Alcazaba fortification, and its convents with official guides. There will also be a tour with a cinema theme and one taking in the city’s various panoramic views.
The city’s winter month visitor appeal is bolstered by what Sanchez described as “a wide offer of tourism experiences from Almeria businesses”, among them astronomy, snorkeling, golf, camel rides, eco-tourism, an escape room and kayaking.
“Almeria has experiences for different target markets: foodies, nature, culture, family, sport, and so on”, he commented.
Further attractions are the city’s network of museums and cultural venues.