Visit the Alcazaba by bicycle

A BICYCLE lane up to La Alcazaba is included in council plans for Almeria city.

The route will be decided when the present phase of the Almeria Urban programme is completed.

The entire project has been approved by the EU, which provides a large slice of the necessary funds. Streets are to be widened, many becoming pedestrians-only precincts.

Cultural routes featuring famous figures from Almeria’s past will bring the city’s history closer to visitors. Making Calle Fernandez more traffic-friendly and showcasing the Meson Gitano was one of the plan’s principal objectives, said councillor Manuel Guzman.

Once Calle Fernandez is completed a decision can be made on the bicycle lane, he explained. It was important that it did not come to a dead end at La Alcazaba and a return route would need to be worked out.

Almeria Urban plans to invest €1 million in the rehabilitation project, with €200,000 set aside for the bicycle lane and €300,000 for pavements, road surfacing, street furniture and fixtures.

A further €480,000 has been allocated to the pedestrian areas. “Estimates are just that, though: predictions for the coming year,” Guzman conceded.

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