Almuñécar, in the Andalucían province of Granada, is situated on the Costa Tropical, and lies pretty well 100 km due south of Granada (see map).
Pronunciation. The tilde accent on the n in Almuñécar modifies the n to sound like the “ni” in onion. The accent on the e indicates that syllable is stressed, or is pronounced slightly more emphatically. Therefore Almuñécar is pronounced as “al moo knee-YECK car” .
The “Real” Spain
The Costa Tropical comprises the stretch of Andalucían coast between the highly developed Costa del Sol to the west and the more arid Costa de Almeria to the east. The well known high rise developments of the Costa del Sol around Marbella, Torremolinos & Malaga all lie well to the west, along with their overdeveloped coastlines and English styled bars and restaurants. To the east lies Almeria, with Europe’s only desert – the location of many of the “Paella Westerns” such as A Fistful of Dollars.
Our climate is classified as “sub-tropical”. We’re actually further south than Greece and Africa is just over the Med, so the weather in Almuñécar & the Costa Tropical is great!.
From here we offer the very best of the “real” Spain that too sadly has disappeared from the concrete mega-resorts, coupled with a unique sports and activities package which allows freedom of choice between all members of your party. Here, for instance, Tapas are still offered free in many bars, unlike other areas of Spain where they are now charged for. The surrounding country side is renowned for production of tropical fruits, with Almuñécar being backed by fields of Chirimoya (custard apple) Avocado and Mango, with Olive, Grape & Almond being grown on the surrounding hill sides.
Roman & Arab Legacies
Almuñécar consists of two large bays divided by a headland, Peñon del Santo, with it’s monument to Abderraman I who landed here from Damascus in 755 before establishing the Emirate in Cordoba. Adjacent is the old town, overlooked by the Moorish Castillo de San Miguel. This was built by the Phoenicians, on the site of an earlier Roman fort, who originally gave the area the name of “Sexi” or “Exi” in the first millennium BC. Around the castle lies the Moorish old town, with its maze of old cobbled streets holding a myriad shops, bars and restaurants. The main town square – Plaza de la Constitucion – is surrounded by tapas bars.
Almuñécar has a wealth of Roman ruins, remains from Moorish times and a fabulous collection of sculptures by Miguel Moreno sculptures in the plazas. An extensive network of aqueducts, with some perfectly preserved spans in excess of 130m long, terminate at the foot of the Moorish castle in an excavated Roman fish curing site, in which tanks of fish paste were salted & fermented to produce Garam, which was believed to have medicinal properties. Other sites include a Roman Columbarium, which is a burial chamber dated as being from 1st C AD, a recently excavated Roman bridge, as well as our 17th century Parish church, Iglesia de la Encamacion, which was the first church built in Granada province in the Baroque style. The patron of Almuñécar, La Virgen de la Antigua, is kept here.
The town museum, La Cueva de Siete Palacios, holds an Egyptian vase dating back to 1600 BC, which is one of the oldest pieces of pottery found in Europe. This museum combines with the castle which has further exhibits within a well preserved Napoleonic pavilion in it’s grounds.
Fiestas, Ferias & Holidays
We celebrate a lot of Fiestas, Ferias and Holidays in Almuñécar! Easter week, Semana Santa, is very busy as the daily processions from Palm Sunday inwards are one of Andalucia’s key spectacles. All the latest news and views, as well as what will be happening while you’re here with us, are posted regularly on our blog pages .
Town Facilities & Markets
Local crafts are well represented in the lanes of the old town – silver jewellery especially is a bargain. Woollen jarapas made in the Alpujarras (the foothills to Sierra Nevada) are incredible value and a popular souvenir.
We also have the largest marine aquarium in Andalucia, with superb displays depicting the history of the oceans as well as the coastal margins of the Mediterranean.
Most main banks are in town, as well as a post office, large modern medical centre, sports grounds, tennis, basketball & padel (a very popular form of short tennis crossed with squash played in enclosed open air courts) courts, BMX track, as well as a heated covered swimming pool for winter.
Every Friday there is a large weekly general market held in the shady market site alongside the main road, to which everyone from the outlying villages turns up to either buy something, sell something or just simply to shout about something. Good buys can be local pottery inspired by Moorish designs, leather goods or the brightly coloured and patterned rugs made in the Alpujarras villages. On Sundays there is a further weekly flea market which focuses more on old furniture, household goods and various used household items.
Almuñécar is well served with a great selection of shops, restaurants and tapas bars specialising in local fish, meat & vegetables. Our default accommodation options are B&B basis, as one of the most enjoyable things is exploring the myriad restaurants and tapas bars in the old town. Local dishes have a Moorish influence, with local ground almond often used as thickener for sauces rather than a roux. Iberian pork products are superb, especially the locally cured Jamon Serrano from up high on Sierra Nevada.
Local fruits well worth trying are Nisporas, Chirimoya, Mango as well as Avocados. The town fishermen work every night and espetos (fresh sardines cooked on a bamboo cane over an olive wood BBQ) on the beach are a local speciality. Other local fishes are dorado (gilt head bream), prawns of all shapes and sizes, pulpo, swordfish, bass, tuna, etc as well local clams and mussels.
You will find a huge variety of tapas bars and restaurants in the old town, as well as a great selection of chiringuitos / beach bars with their olive wood “Bar B Boats” all alomg the sea front paseos.
Almuñécar has some 19kms of coastline with 26 beaches, ranging from delightful isolated sheltered coves to large expanses with beach bars (chiringuitos) and lifeguard facilities, freshwater showers, etc. Many have been awarded the prestigious blue flag and all have a unique character, with two being official naturist beaches.
Most have extensive palm tree lined paseos (or promenades) on which the world and his dog take the airs for their evening walk. In summer the paseos have local street traders and craft stalls on them.
Climate & Weather
The Costa Tropical has quite a marked micro-climate, whereby the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and Las Alpujarras serve to protect the coast from the extremes of temperature other southern areas of Spain receive. See our Almuñécar & Costa Tropical weather page for more weather information.
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