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Almuñécar is a small town of about 22,000 inhabitants, situated on the southern coast of Spain called the  Costa Tropical de Granada in Andalucia.   By searching the site www.spain.info  you will find much more information than could be on this site.  "Buscar" means search, so search the internet for Andalucia and Almuñécar.  A couple of good general, informational sites are  www.andalucia.com  and  www.youtube.com....just write the word "Almunecar" and see what comes up.  In the Swedish language, go to: www.spanienguiden.se. Let nothing hinder your desire to learn more.  The internet is the world's largest library, so pick, choose and learn!

 

Also visit Almuñécar's official website,  www.almunecar.info and click on the English flag.  There is much to read.

 

         

Almuñécar's first known settlers were Phoenicians.  They called the city "Ex." In Roman times, the name was changed to Firmum Iulius Sexi after Julius Cesar. The inhabitants were called "Sexitanos." 

During the Moorish empire, the town was named Al-Mounakhab 

which later became Almuñécar, pronounced  Almoonyékar

  

 

There is so much to see here in Almuñécar, for example:

 

        

 

The fortress Castillo de San Miguel. Due to its elevated position on the mountain, it was a great vantage point for the Phoenicians; however, it was the Romans who began to build a real fortress and the Moors who continued its construction.

 

 

The church, Iglesia de la Encarnación, was built in 1600 and was the first church in Granada province done in the Baroque style.  This the home of the town's patron saint, the Virgen de la Antigua.

     

 

The Tourist information center, the Palacéte de la Najarra, is from the 1800s and is a copy of a typical Arab house with garden.  Previously, it was the office of the old sugar factory.  Sit in the garden and listen to the birds sing.  Have a siesta, but watch out you don't get locked in!

       

 

Museum of Cueva de Siete Palacios is from the Roman times but also contains items from the Phoenician period.  The oldest finds are from the year 1500 B.C.  It is very interesting and well worth the visit.

      

 

Parque Majuelo, a delightful oasis in the middle of town with unique and tropical trees and palms from all over the world.  There are also a large number of statues.  Go around and take a look at the eight small white houses with names of all the Andalucian provinces. Info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBKEe6TShrQ&feature=related

          

 

The old fish salting plant, Factoría de Salazones is located in the Parque Majuelo and dates back to 400 B.C.  Unearthed in 1970, it shows how fish were salted.  It also produced "garum" which was a healthy diet based on fish waste, salt and spices.

      

At the Plaza Mayor one can see one of the five remaining parts of the Roman aqueduct that runs from the mountains down to the center and dates back to shortly after the birth of Christ.  There was also a thermal bath as you can see.

        

Bird park Parque Ornitológico Loro Sexi has approximately 1.500 tropical birds and a park with various cacti.

 

 

    

 

The Acuario de Almuñécar on the Plaza de Kuwait is a brand new aquarium.  You go in a glass tunnel under the water and see all the fish....a very interesting experience.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s34LBFUfrpY

 

Mercado Municipal, the local town market hall, is where fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, squid and good meat from animals that are outdoors all year are sold.  Just outside its doors you can buy fresh flowers and spices.  Here you just go and shop!  Try these special local fruits:  chirimoyas (which must be soft before you eat it), nispola or guayaba, avocado and mangos - all specialties of Almuñécar and the Costa Tropical.

 

 

            

 

The bonsai museum, Museo del Bonsai, is located in the old town with an entrance from the Avenida de Andalucia.  It is said to house more than 300 bonsai trees on an area of 2000 square meters.

 

         

 

The Casa de la Cultura is located next to the church.  There is an interesting cultural program with something for everyone.  Current and updated information is available on the www.almunecar.info page.

 

        

 

Peña Escrita animal park has animals you would not have thought of finding in Spain.  It is located 17 km. north of Almuñécar, at an altitude of 1200 mtrs.  Follow the signs and drive along the wonderful winding road.  Don't forget to bring money for the entrance and save your ticket.  Tip:  Go to the top first and work your way downhill (it is much easier on your car's clutch!).  See more at: www.pescrita.es.

 

      

 

Peñón del Santo, the "cape with the cross" or "cape of the saint" - a loved child has many names.  Up there, you just go to get a nice view    of Almuñécar.  The cross which is illuminated was set up in 1900.

 

       

 

      

 

Visit the white villages and hike in the mountains; sit and picnic with the Mediterranean Sea in front of you......it feels good.

 

        

 

Just  stroll on the promenade, stop off for some tapas, enjoy the sun, talk to friends......life is comfortable and feels great!

 

     

 

     

 

When you come down here, it is so easy to fall in love with this fine little town.  There is no stress.  What we do not have time for today, we do the next day instead.  There are no "musts."  Try to be without a clock for one day....doesn't it feel good?  So try it more days and after a few days, you will discover that it is really fine.  This is an excellent way to lose the stress factor.

 

Almuñécar is a living city... it is a really genuine still-Spanish city with an old neighborhood.  There are nice people and a good atmosphere....a safe little town.

 

 

Almuñécar is ideally located on the coast.  Most northern Europeans don't come out to the Mediterranean often but instead go east, north and west.  It is therefore a good starting point for trips to a lot of towns and villages (which you will find in the EXCURSIONSsections) as well as to other attractions. 

 

      

 La Herradura.

 

The municipality of Almuñécar also includes Marina del Este, Punta de la Mona with its lighthouse, and La Herradura.

 

La Herradura means "horseshoe," a name which has come from the shape of the beachfront which resembles a horseshoe.  This was a fortress dating back to 1764 but has a long, nice beach where you can enjoy a walk.  It is easy to get here with the small city bus (Blue bus) or Alsina- Graells buses.