For years, we've vacationed in Almuñécar on the tropical Granada coast, and, despite the inconvenience of its stone beaches, I recommend coming here for a quiet holiday with children, or just for couples. Don't miss the chance to go to La Herradura or Cantarriján Creek (if you're a nature lover). Eating the silver whitefish, on the Chinese part of the promenade, or going to the sea with the best food on the coast is great. And, of course, it wouldn't be a trip to Almuñécar without having a beer in Piliki :)
The area under the Almuñecar is currently under construction because of the extensive damage caused by the rain in September 2007. This photo was taken at the source and was conducted through one of the tubes on the construction site. In the background it shows the symbol of Almuñecar, which is a small mountain as well-known as the saint. It's certainly one of the most photographed images of Almuñecar, only this time it's different.
The castle is on a promontory in the center of the city, it was a Phoenician enclave and as a Roman fort it was key in the emirate with one abderraman entry. It participated in the riots of Ib Ben Hasun. The structure today is a little changed, it has a watchtower and moat and the best views. It can be visited every day except Monday and Sunday afternoons.
El Majuelo Park, located in central Almuñecar, is first of all a gorgeous garden with palm trees, great views of the towering Moorish castle, lined with Syrian sculptures celebrating the city's Moorish heritage, and home to an annual jazz festival which draws big-name acts from around Europe and North America.
It's also home to a Phonecian-Roman fish sauce factory (Spain was the empire's number one exporter of the popular product) that dates back over 3000 years and remains in great condition for the public. If you're passing through Almuñecar, this El Majuelo park is a must see, not only for its calm Mediterranean/tropical beauty, but also for the amazing history it contains.
These beaches are located from Cotobro Bay to Burriana Beach in Nerja, covering several kilometers of very broken coast with many cliffs and dozens of beaches and coves. Many of them are inaccessible by land and, as they are in a protected marine-terrestrial space within a Natural Park called P.N. Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo, you have to arrive by boat without engine and mooring. I recommend leaving from Cotobro by canoe and try to get to Nerja. A more moderate route is Cotobro out from the cliffs of Punta de la Mona, visit caves in the wall of the cliffs, travel across the bay of La Herradura and disembark at the Calaiza, this puts you squarely in the nature cliffs of Maro-Cerrogordo, a wonder that is unmatched. Leave the canoes on the shore and with diving goggles only you can see the wonder of thousands of fish of all shapes and colors imaginable unwary around you. You can also see the variety and exuberance of anemones, snails, corals, stars that decorate the seabed that is only 1 to 3 meters away. On the shore of headland there are ibex and wild sheep with chotos watching from the pine, its branches bearing above the seawater. Renting an apartment in the beach of Cotobro is easy, if you search you will find one iberiapolis.com
The aqueduct was built in the 1st century and was later used in the Arabic ditch system. Even today, some sections of it are still used as part of a traditional irrigation system. The tallest part is next to the river Verde, at the height of the Torrecuevas neighborhood and part of other sections that pass through the city, like the one in the area of the square, next to the Carrera de la Concepción. This aqueduct was carrying water for the city and the salt factory in El Majuelo Park. In the excavation we also saw some Roman baths and some other elements that were used in funerals of Roman origin from the same era. During this rainy season the water reached a high enough level that the staircase leading to the hot springs was totally waterlogged.
From the Cruz Santo lookout point we can see three boulders that have been declared a natural monument in Almuñecar. The Peñón de Fuera is the rock formation that's further away from the coast. In front of it you'll see the Peñón de Enmedio, which is separated from the other two boulders by water. Finally, there's the Peñón del Santo, which is right on Almuñécar's beach, separated into two parts, the Puerta del Mar beach, Caletilla, and the San Cristobal. El Peñón del Santo is the largest boulder and it's approximately 30 meters high. You can get to the highest area by the ramp and it's gardens, which is where the Cruz del Santo is. And from the lookout point there you can enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and the city and the surrounding mountains.
To take a walk through Almuñecar's old town is to know that you've arrived. The winding, narrow alleyways lined with flowering vines, the intricate tile-work, the white-washed walls glowing in the sun of the Costa Tropical...it's absolutely charming. I can't recommend a specific route because getting lost in the old town is part of the fun!
Highlights include the Palacete de Najarra, a stunning pink building built in the Moorish style with beautiful flowing pink flowers. It was apparently a wedding present (lucky girl!). Almuñecar's town hall square is also a pleasant place to have a mid-afternoon coffee or caña and soak in the casual vibe of this quaint beach town.
This church was built in the late sixteenth century and an interesting fact should be borne in mind that it was the first temple of the province of a Baroque style. Until then the churches were mainly built in Gothic or Renaissance styles. Although there is little information about its construction, we know that it was built on the remains of the old mosque, formerly occupied by an ancient Roman deposit. Its construction was completed in the seventeenth century. In the main altar of the church is a statue of the Virgin of the Old, the patroness of the city.
On one side of the hawthorn Park, and with an entrance in Piazza San Cristobal, is the Botanical Loro Sexi Bird Park, (and from the same park you can hear the sound of birds) an enclosure that has over 20 species. It is open throughout the whole year, and is great for both children and for adults. The park houses some 1500 specimens belonging to nearly 200 different species, from the common to the spectacular Paloma Peacock, through the striking species of parrots, cockatoos, macaws, swans, ducks and ostriches. Within the premises, in the highest part of the park, at the foot of the Arab wall of the Castle, we see an interesting garden with all kinds of cactus. It is actually sexy because it came from the ancient name Almuñecar back when it was occupied by the Phoenicians. Adults pay 4 euros, and for children to enter, it costs 2 euros.
These sculptures were donated to the town of Almuñecar by a group of Syrian artists. They are in the beautiful El Majuelo botanical gardens with a secluded gazebo and tropical trees. The figures are about two meters and are made of macael marble, each of them is a different author. The impression given is of "totem" marble under the tropical climate of the city.
One option for traveling to Almuñecar, or actually from there to anywhere on the Costa del Sol or the entire Peninsula, is by bus. The bus station is in the basement of the terraces of the sea building, at the entrance of the city, on the avenue that runs from the Arc de Blas Infante. The building is small and the truth is that it looks somewhat sloppy, but it really is something amazing if you consider the number of travelers who choose this service, especially the overnight tourists who come to these shores. It's also possible to hire taxis here and the phone number is: 958 630 017. In Almuñécar there are 2 taxi stands in front of the bus station on Avenida Juan Carlos I. If you want to hire a 24 hour taxi service please call: 670 995 257.