|View of Almeria from the Alcazaba|
Also, the Sunday of the same weekend that we visited the Alcazaba, a bunch of us also toured the "refugios", another historical sight in Almería. The refugios is a system of tunnels about 4 kilometers long that served as a bomb shelter during Spain's civil war in the later 1930's. The tour was really interesting and naturally eerie. We learned that Almería had been a target during the Spanish civil war, and was frequently bombed. So, the government decided to make a series of bomb shelters including the "refugios" in order to keep it's citizens safe. The watch tower would signal to set of the sirens when they saw enemy planes approaching. The people had less than ten minutes to get to the nearest bomb shelter and take cover. For some people that meant going into basements beneath government buildings, churches, etc, but for many people that meant taking one of the many entrances to get in the refugios. The entrances included street access (the little metal doors can still be seen today), entering through a news kiosk (that had hidden passages underneath), or entering through an apartment building. We learned a lot about the war, but mostly that the refugios served as a safe haven for Almerians for nearly two years. We walked through 1 kilometer of the cement tunnels during our hour-long tour, and the image of thousands of people filling the tunnels filled my mind. It was extremely interesting but like I said, eerie.
|View of Cabo de Gata|
|Lunch for only 10 people!|
It's experiences like these that remind me exactly why I am so happy here in Almería.