Carry on cruising to the Costa de Almeria

UPSELLING: The Almeria team on the Andalucia stand at Seatrade. Photo credit: Diputacion de Almeria

DELEGATES from the Costa de Almeria attended the Seatrade Europe Fair in Hamburg. Almeria is boosting its credentials as a top attraction for the lucrative cruise industry.

The province had its own stand at the fair, which is one of the biggest on the international cruising calendar.

Other ports from across Andalucia were also in attendance. Southern Spain is one of the most popular destinations for Mediterranean cruises alongside Barcelona, the Balearic Islands and French Riviera.

Almeria’s provincial tourist board is working closely with cruise liners and tour operators to secure contracts for next summer. The port is attracting record numbers of tourists, many of whom take a day trip around the province, visiting Mojacar and other famous villages. Some even use Almeria as a stepping stone to Granada.

Seatrade wasn’t the only German fair the Costa de Almeria attended. Delegates were also dispatched to the hiking fair Tour Natur in Dusseldorf.

More than 35,000 people attended the week long event.

Almeria’s stunning landscape and year-round sunny climate has seen its popularity soar among Europe’s weekend warriors looking for a new challenge.