The province of Almería, with 701,688 inhabitants, is becoming increasingly important in the economic, cultural and sporting spheres, setting itself up as an important communications node thanks to its port and international airport.
Almería’s greatest treasure is its beautiful coast on the Gulf of Almería, stretching to two hundred kilometres and offering a spectacular landscape of sandy beaches and impressive cliffs.
Almería has an excellent climate throughout the year, with an average annual temperature of 19.7 oC and strong sunshine, bathing the coastal and inland countryside with light. These climatological and landscape factors have contributed to making Almería a leading tourism destination.
The city also offers interesting historical/artistic heritage, including the 10th-century Muslim Alcazaba, fortress-cathedral of La Encarnación and the ore loader or Cable Inglés, declared to be of Andalusian Cultural Interest.
A real gap in the market
The city of Almería, with 193,351 inhabitants, is the capital of the province and its economic, administrative and judicial centre, as well as being at one point of the tourism triangle formed by Almería city-Cabo de Gata-Níjar.
The commercial density of Almería is 275 m2 for every 1,000 inhabitants, compared with the current average of 598 m2 in Spain and 410 m2 in Andalusia. This low density offers a unique opportunity for the implementation of a project like Torrecárdenas.
The total consumption in the province of Almería is 1,000 million euros and spending per inhabitant amounts to 1,004.96 euros. In general, average consumption in Almería is above the average for Andalusia. This bears no relation to the existing commercial density, leading to a situation of a shortage of supply in this area.
The current offer of high street shopping in Almería is generally restricted offer and incomplete and has become obsolete, as there are no sufficiently well established shopping streets. This adds to the existing supply of small size retail premises that do not meet the needs of the currently established large-format retailers.