The capital of the Tropical Coast is surrounded by beautiful and unique landscapes that show Roman and Nasrid remains. The castle of this town holds one of the safest prisons of ancient time periods. It is a dream destination because of the good weather. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!
Things to do in Almuñécar normally involve the coast and sightseeing. This town has 19 kilometers of coast that will delight you, together with its old quarter and the rich archeological heritage, making a dream stay out of this gorgeous town. Among the heritage of the town, we would like to highlight the Seven Palaces Cave, the San Miguel Castle, and the Najarra Palace. It should not take you more than one day to go through these main sights, so you could extend your getaway to visit some surrounding areas such as the Alhama of Granada or the Alhama, Tejeda and Aljimara Mountain Range where you can practice active tourism or the municipalities of Salobreña and Motril.
Almuñécar’s excellent weather, between a tropical and a Mediterranean climate, turns this destination into one of the best Andalusian holiday destinations, mainly thanks to the 19 kilometers of coast and 26 beaches located in this town.
We recommend beginning your visit to Almuñécar in the Seven Palaces Cave, a Roman construction formed by several domes around the San Miguel hill: it is the Archeological Museum of the town nowadays. Inside, there is a wide variety of objects that show the rich heritage of this town: do not miss the Pharaoh Apepi I’s vase from the 16th century BC.
Going up via the narrow and steep streets we will reach the San Miguel Castle: the symbol of the town. Although it is a Muslim construction, it is possible that there was a Roman fortress previously there. During the Nasrid period, this bastion played an important role: a place of rest and recreation for the sultans of the Taifa kingdom of Granada and the dungeon for important prisoners.
San Miguel Castle
The Castle is surrounded by four circular towers built by order of King Carlos I. The remains of the palace-house built in the Nasrid period and the famous prison there, carved 7 meters deep, stand out. The structure was remodeled after the bombing of the British troops against the French army, who were there during the Independence War. Linked to this area, the Saint Rock is a fascinating area where to have amazing views of the coast and the village.
The Najarra Palace is located in the Europa Avenue; it is a building built with a neo-Muslim style by José Rubio Osorio in the 19th century upon an old Arab house. In front of the main façade, there is a beautiful garden decorated in an Andalusian manner. The tourist office is located on the ground floor.
Facing the palace, the Majuelo Park, a big botanical garden, is located. The remains of the Salting Fish the “Majuelo” Factory are situated on the western side of San Miguel hill, built in a Phoenician period in the 5th century BC -although it was mainly used during the Roman period.
The Encarnación Church (14th century) is located in the New PLaza, built upon an old main mosque, which has a counter-reformist or pre-Baroque style. It has the image of the Virgin of the Antigua, patron saint of this locality, standing out inside.
The Culture House is located on Concepción street: it houses the Claves of Almuñécar Museum, which deals with the history and culture of the place. From the Roman acqueduct (1st century) there are just a few remains.
The Aquarium is situated 500 meters away from San Cristóbal beach. All the species from the Mediterranean are represented there: virtually 3000 examples of 270 different species. Loro Sexi is a park of tropical birds located on San Miguel’s hillside, holding inside around 1500 examples of 200 different species -it also includes a cactus garden.
Next to the Herradura, we have the Carlos III or Herradura Castle, a fortress built in 1764 to stand in the way of North African attacks.
Palacete de la Najarra
Playa de Almuñecar
You can find very different accomodation options in Almuñécar: both high-class hotels and low-cost ones. Bahía de Almuñécar is a modern establishment located in the town center with good sea views; it also has a spa and massage service. Another recommended hotel is Victoria Playa, near San Cristóbal beach, and with the best installations for you to have a wonderful stay. Albaycín del Mar is in the Leisure Island, complete with all kinds of tourist services and the newest infrastructure. Facing the sea, Almuñécar Playa is another benchmark in the town’s list of good hotels: it has first-quality installations and a wide variety of services. Next to the Galera beach we find Playa Cálida Spa: it has several pools with toboggans, a solarium and hydromassage services.
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Eating in Almuñécar is a pleasure thanks to its good sea and earth products. One of the most representative foods is the mango, a main ingredient in many of the salads and recipes in this region. You should definitely try the best sardines in this town, and take going for tapas to the next level: fish tapas that we are sure will not let you down. Do not miss the mackerel and melva from Andalusia (products with PGI) and encebollado of tuna (tuna with onion). Experience the gastronomic fairs celebrated in the region, or the Subtropical Cuisine Days, where you will be able to taste the best custard apple from the Tropical Coast in Granada-Málaga (product with PGI). Regarding sweets, you must try the cazuela mohína (a lady finger made with almond and sugar).
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Many restaurants in Almuñécar will offer you the best dishes from Granada. Mar de Plata is one of the most famous places: a family restaurant well known by its traditional cuisine. El Chaleco is another classic in Almuñécar and specializes in French cuisine. Los Geraneos offers the best local dishes: fresh fish from the coast of Granada and some other Andalusian recipes. In the outskirts of the locality, El Árbol Blanco offers menus rooted in Mediterranean cuisine mixed with an international taste. Los Laureles is another place we recommend: traditional food with contemporary techniques. Reina Sofía mixes modern and traditional cooking techniques, as well as it offers a good wine selection including wines with certificate of origin. Also in the outskirts of the town, some restaurants have big rooms to hold events such as wedding banquets: for instance, Cabajío, near La Galera Beach, and Venta Luciano, northwards.
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This city has a lively nightlife with fun guaranteed well into the early hours. Both visitors and locals enjoy hanging out in the town center and near the beach. Pipote Playa offers you the opportunity to have a drink in the evening facing the beach, or already well into the night, enjoy this town’s amazing nightlife. Jabeque organizes concerts of different music styles. Soho Lounge is more like a quiet place, the perfect place to have a quiet night. Finally, Mississippi, an Irish pub, has good imported beer.
Finally, we present you a list of hotels where you can spend the night in Almuñécar as well as some restaurants and bars you shouldn’t miss!
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