Alcazaba de Almería
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Alcazaba de Almería
The Alcazaba de Almería is the second largest Moorish palace in Spain behind only the Alhambra, but is visited by far fewer tourists. Perhaps it is because it lacks the intricate interior rooms of its famous cousin, or maybe it's because Almería is hard to reach by public transport, but nevertheless, it is a great structure that offers, more than anything, wide vistas of the city and the sea. Once inside, you notice the restoration work on the outer walls (you can walk along a large portion of them) in sharp contrast to the untouched ruins of the ancient baths. The best features of the castle are the waterworks interspersed throughout the lovely gardens. These are the famous Moorish water fountains which gently cascade through troughs into another star shaped basin and into the troughs again to find the next fountain. They create a perfect haven from the often hectic city below.
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