Cerro San Cristobal

Almería, Spain

From the Alcazaba, descend in a northward direction through the Barranco de la Hoya, a line of wall that reaches San Cristobal Hill was built during the time of King Jairán (1012-1028) in the eleventh century. Here are the remnants of the neighbourhood amurallamiento musalla, which descends from the hill via the main street Antonio Vico.

On the hill, known in Muslim times as Monte Laham, there are seven towers, three square Muslim towers and four semicircular Christian towers. These were built by the Templars of Alfonso VII, who constructed a strong-chapel following the Christian conquest of the city under the command of the troops of Alfonso VII in 1147.

On this hill, which has an impressive view of the city, and located on a large pedestal, is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, constructed of local Macael marble. It was restored in 2000 and it is said to bless the city and the Mediterranean Sea. It was originally built in the twentieth century (around 1930).

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Laetitia Dablemont (2 years ago)
This place is the perfect spot to take pictures of the Alcazaba ! Just a little bit higher than the Alcazaba I would have given 5 stars if the place was not so dirty
Vilius Urbonas (2 years ago)
The view from there was amazing. Breathtaking. You could see the whole city and the mountains around you. The thing is, to get there is pretty tricky. You basically have to walk through a not so friendly looking area, which looks like a ghetto and while trying to reach the destination, even though there were no signs that it it is prohibited to go there, it certainly felt like it is. Luckily, nothing bad happened to me and I was able to enjoy the spectacular view. Quite a climb, not very tidy surroundings, but totally worth it! I don’t recommend you to go there when it’s dark though.
Ivana Lorenzo (2 years ago)
Is a shame that is so abandoned and neglected by the city of Almeria. This is a continuation of the Alcazaba fortress but is full of garbage and you can tell that is completely forgotten
Letty Ranshuysen (2 years ago)
Neglected area with graffiti and garbage. Despite of the great view I felt very unhappy there.
Carl Houghton (2 years ago)
It's a shame that the Cerro San Cristobal and it's surroundings are completely neglected by the council of Almeria. The local people use the area as a fly tip, the area is is littered with broken glass. Shame on Almeria city for letting such a land mark with it's far reaching beautiful views over the city, the sea and Alcazaba become a cesspool. I think some people would also think they've walked into a ghetto to get there. The 4 stars are for the wonderful views only.
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