Almeria Province, total area 8,769 kmē, population 615,700, population density 70.21/kmē. It has 8 regions, 103 municipal areas and 521 populated places.
Almeria is made up of vast expanses of arid land, with the main population densities occuring in the coastal tourist regions from Villaricos down to Mojacar, and in the industrial region of Almeria/El Ejido. The coastline is 249 km long and much of this remains undeveloped, especially the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, though seriously threatened by corrupt planning and development practises. Almeria is developing more new golf courses than any area in Andalucia.
Almeriaīs landscape is extremely diverse. There are peaks reaching 1645 metres, snow capped for months of the year, and only km away is the driest place in Europe, the Tabernas desert. Europes largest horticultural greenhouses can be clearly seen on satellite pictures, being over 40 km by 15 km in size. Juxtaposed to this is the extraordinary beauty of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. The main feature of Almeria is its lack of rainfall and its unusually high amount of annual sunshine.
There is a train station, a ferry port with connections to Africa and an international airport (code LEI, 12 km from the city).