Almuñécar

Almuñécar

Almuñecar is one of the most popular destinations on the sublime Costa Tropical and for good reason. You can find many hotels and apartments right on the beach, or alternatively you can venture more inland and enjoy mountainous views to get a feel for rural Andalucia.

Almuñecar is one of the most popular destinations on the sublime Costa Tropical and for good reason. You can find many hotels and apartments right on the beach, or alternatively you can venture more inland and enjoy mountainous views to get a feel for rural Andalucia.

Almuñecar is situated between Nerja and Motril in Granada province. It’s Granada’s most popular coastal destination on the Costa Tropical. In approximately 800BC the Phoenicians were the first settlers in the area and there are artefacts from this period in the town’s museum in the Castle of San Miguel.

An increasingly popular tourist destination due to its beaches and coastal location, Almuñecar is home to some top-class restaurants serving high quality Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. It has a good variety of restaurants, but the speciality here is the freshly-caught, local seafood and shellfish.

This exceptionally pretty yet little-known marina, one of the most attractive in the whole Mediterranean, is located in the small seaside town of La Herradura. The port is situated on the eastern side of a natural headland called Punta de la Mona, on the other side from the town. It is geographically outstanding, with a perfectly-protected situation, courtesy of natural features.

The aqueduct was built by the Romans during their reign over parts of Andalucia. The aqueduct would have served, not only as a valuable supply of fresh water to the town's population, but also would have been vital for the salting industry believed to be practiced in the town.

Situated on a mound overlooking Almuñécar and with views across the Mediterranean, the San Miguel Castle made for an excellent defensive stronghold. The castle is said to date back to the Phoenician era in 7th century BC. Since then the castle offers a fantastic journey through time having Roman, Moorish and more recently Christian influences.

The Costa Tropical was given its' name due to the unique tropical micro climate that exists in this part of Andalucia. This climate is an ideal environment for the growth of subtropical plants, especially species of Palm.

The Archaeological Museum also known as the 'Cave of 7 Palaces' is, perhaps surprisingly, not located within a cave in Almuñécar, but instead represents the largest section of the Roman Palace. Hieroglyphics found within the 'cave' date back to the time of the reign of Pharaoh Apofis I cerca 1500 BC.