Air Raid Shelters

Almería, Spain

The Spanish city of Almería suffered up to 52 bombings from air and sea, with a total of 754 bombs dropped during the Spanish Civil War. This led to the decision to create a system of underground shelters for the protection of approximately 40,000 civilians. These shelters measure more than 4.5 km long, and they are equipped with a surgery room and a food storage room. They were designed by the local architect Guillermo Langle Rubio, being today the most important and better preserved shelters in all Europe. These refuges have stood the most important attack in all Almería's history, the Bombardment of Almería, by the nazis in 1937.



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Founded: 1937
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Spain


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Vincent Oliver (11 months ago)
The tunnels are really interesting but you need to visit with a tour and the tour availability and booking seems very confusing and complicated? Also no English tours? We were very lucky to be at the door when a guide was looking for more people for a tour. It was mostly in Spanish but Amelio was great to summarise information in English for us.
David Izquierdo Azzouz (11 months ago)
Completely recommend it, it's impressive as well as interesting, they tell you the story behind and how events evolved, something worth to do while in Almería.
Steve Key (13 months ago)
It was very atmospheric, and the film before the tour was quite emotional to watch. The English subtitles were really useful. We would suggest that a brochure be available either included in the entry price, or for a donation, in other languages. Our Spanish was not up to understanding much of what the tour guide was explaining. We would definitely recommend it, though, and hope the Refugios are kept open in perpetuity. Even on a normal weekday, we had to book, as there was no room on the tour at the time we arrived, so we had to come back a bit later.
Andrew Sanders (Andy) (2 years ago)
If your in Almería town definately check out this very interesting historic tour. We had a great guide, some good stories and interesting facts. I would definately this 1.5 hour tour that covers about 1km of tunes.
Laurens rottée (2 years ago)
Interresting to visit. Sad it's only in Spanish... they try to speak slowly but we didn't understand much. Worth a visit when you're in Almeria! Price is OK
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