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Almuñécar - Costa Tropical

Almuñécar is situated on the stretch of coast some 100 km due Yolanda - Typical local fishing boatsouth of Granada known as the Costa Tropical.  Almuñécar Coat of ArmsTo the west lies the highly developed Costa del Sol with the more arid Costa de Almeria to the east.  It is very different to well known high rise developments of the Costa del Sol around Marbella, Torremolinos & Malaga, along with their overdeveloped coastlines and English styled bars and restaurants.

Here the traditional values and way of life still apply with tapas still offered free in many bars, unlike other areas of Spain where they are now charged for.  The surrounding country side, with our great local weather is renowned for production of tropical fruits, with Almuñécar surrounded by fields of Chirimoya (custard apple) Avocado, Nispora and Mango, with Olive, Grape & Almond being grown on the surrounding hill sides.

The "old town" is a delightful maze of winding cobbled streets among the white washed old houses below the castle.  Here you will find host of small tapas bars and restaurants, along with shops selling local produce, leather, jewellery as well as locally made silverware. 

Alternatively, take a stroll along the palm tree lined paseos, which are the wide esplanades along the sea.  You can walk for miles along them, stopping as you wish for refreshments in the chiringuitos (beach bars) perhaps trying the local specialities like espetos, which are freshly caught sardines barbequed over charcoal.  

Almuñécar, which was founded by the Phoenicians, has a wealth of Roman ruins, as well as remains from Moorish times and a fabulous collection of Miguel Moreno sculptures in the plazas.  An extensive network of Roman 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.Monument to Abderraman I

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, where the  patron of Almuñécar, La Virgen de la Antigua, is kept.

Just an hours inland we have the city of Granada, with the fantastic Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens, which is always a favourite to visit on your free day.

Our climate is classified as "sub-tropical" (we're further south than Greece and Africa is just over the Med) so the weather in Almuñécar & the Costa Tropical is great! 


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