The city name ‘Almería’ is derived from the Arabic term Al-Mariya (‘Mirror of the Sea’). From the port of Almería you can make the crossing to North Africa, however is much more expensive than the one from Algeciras or Tarifa, since the distance from these last cities to Africa is much smaller. The old town is a jumble of streets with cozy cafes, bodegas, old wine shops and the most beautiful square of Almería: the ‘Plaza Vieja’. The newer part of the city, the ‘Ramblas’ is also nice to visit. It continues to the port where in the morning the fishing boats enter after their catch.