Record numbers visit Almerian sites

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BREATHTAKING: The Alcazaba is a stunning piece of architecture.

A RECORD number of visitors visited Almeria’s famous cultural sites in 2017.

Archaeological sites Puerta de Almeri, Los Millares and Villaricos alongside the Castillo de Velez-Blanco, the museum of Almeria and the Alcazaba, saw a total of 415,201 visitors last year, over 12,000 more than the figure posted for 2016.

Over a quarter of a million people visited the Alcazaba last year, making it Almeria’s most popular cultural site with a record 284,763 visitors, while the Museum of Almeria had 82,761 visitors, the most since it was created in 1934.

The summer months proved most popular with visitors to the region, with August (50,188), July (35,088) and April (30,188) seeing large influxes of people.

Delegate for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Alfredo Valdivia, credits the decision to provide funds to the Museum of Almeria for exhibitions and activities behind the rise in figures, making it “a cultural benchmark of what Almeria has to offer.”

In total, the museum hosted 555 different activities last year including children’s workshops, conferences, screenings, guided and specialised visits on top of temporary exhibitions.

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