- Almería (province)
name = Almería
full-name = Almería
coat-of-arms = Escudo de la Provincia de Almería.svg
capital = Almería
language = Spanish
area = 8,774.87
area-rank = 27
pop = 635,850
pop-rank = 24
pop-date = 2006
density = 72.5
spanish-name = Almeriense
autonomous-community = Andalusia
website = http://www.dipalme.org/
Its area is 8,769 km². Its population is 546,499 (2002) with a density of 62.32/km². It contains 101 municipalities.Almeria belongs to the Autonomus Community of
Andalucia, in Southern Spain.
The desert landscape and climate that characterizes part of the province have made it an ideal setting for
Western films, especially during the 1960s. Because of the demand for these locations, quite a number of Western towns were built near the [http://www.dipalme.org/servicios/informacion/Informacion.nsf/referencia/Patronato+Provincial+de+Turismo+Turismo+PT-CINE-POBLADOS-ING Desert of Tabernas] . Films such as " The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and " A Fistful of Dollars" were shot here. Years later the film of " 800 Bullets" was filmed in the same place. Large sections of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Patton" were shot there as well.
The principal river is Rio Andarax (Andarax River), which is located near Granada in the Alpujarras. The [http://www.almeriware.net/almediam/images/Fotografia/Humedales/Humedales_002.htm Beninar pressure] , which is located near Darrical, gives part of the water needed in the production in greenhouses.
Interesting and unique species of animals native to the Alto Almanzora are in process of extinction.
The most important economic activity is greenhouse farming. Millions of tons of vegetables are exported to other European countries and other parts of the world each year. Tourism is also a key sector of the economy, due to the sunny weather and attractive areas such as Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce, Almerimar, Vera or Cabo de Gata.
The principal industrial activity is in the Macael (
Comarca del Marmol) "canteras" marblequarrying area in the Sierra de los Filabres region from Macael Viejo to Chercos, Lijar and Cobdar which produce in excess of 1.3 million tons. The Cantoria, Fines, Olula del Rio and Purchena area of the Alto Almanzoravalley is fast becoming the regional megalopolis through high imports and exports and employment in local, national and international marble processing. All the tourist accommodations and construction throughout coastal Spain has driven high demand and brought huge modernisation. Small "pueblos" of agriculturalists have given rise to computerized machining factories.
The German-Spanish [http://www.caha.es/ Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory] is one of the most important observatories of Spain.
France's Michelinoperates a research center in Cabo de Gataand in Tabernas there is a solar energy research center, [http://www.psa.es/ PSA] .
taifaera, it was ruled by the Slavic Banu al-Amirifrom 1012 to 1038, briefly annexed by Valencia (1038-1041), then given by Zaragozato the Banu Sumadihdynasty until its conquest by the Almoravids in 1091. Some centuries later, it became part of the kingdom of Granada.
September 29, 2007, Pulpí, in Almería (province), Spaintossed the world's largest salad, with 6,700 kilograms (14,740 pounds) of lettuce, tomato, onion, pepper and olives, supervised by 20 cooks over 3 hours. A Guinness World Records judgewas present to confirm the new record. The salad was prepared in a container 18m (59ft) long and 4.8m (15.7ft) wide. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7020354.stm BBC NEWS, Spanish town in largest salad bid] ]
List of municipalities in Almería
Palomares hydrogen bombs incident
*es icon [http://www.dipalme.org/ Diputación Provincial de Almería] (Provincial government)
* En icon [http://www.search-almeria.com Search Almeria] - Description, information and photographs of Almeria.
* [http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/medioambiente/servtc5/ventana/resultadoEspacios.do?provincia=04&tipoEspacio=-1&nombreEspacio=-1 Protected Natural Areas of Almeria]
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