Almuñecar, Costa Tropical of Granada
Almuñecar is a must-see attraction on the Costa Tropical, the Granada stretch of the Mediterranean coastline. Steeped in history, Almuñécar can be shown to have been in place along the times which led to the present Mediterranean culture. There is a necropolis that shows its existence as far back as the seventh century BC and the remains of a salted fish factory from the fourth century, are evidence of the Phoenician colonization. Evidence of Roman presence in these lands and the town of Almuñécar can be found in civil constructions such as Las Bovedas (vaults,) dating from the first century BC, below calle Martin Requerda, or the Roman Aqueduct. Proof of the splendour of Andalusian Arab period is the path around the Castle district and the medieval fortress, built on a former Roman construction. In addition, the Municipal Archaeological Museum, housed in the Cueva de los Siete Palacios, focuses on an interesting collection of objects found at archaeological sites around the area.
In this cultural area Almuñécar has the splendid background of the landscape between sea and mountains, a tropical land in the southernmost part of Europe. In La Herradura, you can find the cliffs of Cerro Gordo and Punta de la Mona, in the Natural Park of Cerro Gordo – Maro and Cantarrijan naturist beach, found on the border of the provinces of Granada and Malaga . Not to be missed is the local fantastic seabed, which can be viewed with the help of one of several diving centres.
In 1,500 BC there were already settlements in these lands, but with the arrival of the Phoenicians a town was begun, known as Sexi. Other cultures that passed through these lands left their mark, Egyptians, Greeks and Carthaginians.
The Romans too came to this land and found a thriving, well organised town, with an economy based on the salting of fish which was very important at this time. During the Muslim rule, Almuñécar was considered one of the most important trading ports of Al-Andalus.
In the fifteenth century Almunicar surrendered to the Catholic Kings. After two centuries of peace there was a period of war. In the sixteenth century the lands were attacked by the Moors and in the nineteenth century invaded by the French, though later rescued by the British, who destroyed the strength of Carlos V. In this century Turkish pirate attacks were constant.
In the twentieth century an economic recovery began. Agriculture, specializing in tropical crops favoured by the Mediterranean climate, and tourism, become two of the pillars of the economy of this beautiful town.
Columbarios ‘Torre del Monje’ of and ‘Albina.’
Siete Palacios Cave – Municipal Archaeological Museum.
San Miguel Castle. It houses the History Museum of the City
material from the various civilizations that passed through the area.
La Herradura Castle. Dates from the reign of Charles III.
Punta de la Mona Watchtower
Cerro Gordo Watchtower
Phoenician necropolis Puente de Noy.
Laurita (Barrio Los Marinos).
Oratories and chapels.
Puerta del Mar (Of Arabic construction).
Houses in calle de la Iglesia (XVI century) and del Posito (1606).
Archeological Museum “Cueva Siete Palacios.”
Historical Museum of Almuñécar. Castillo San Miguel.
Almuñecar’s cuisine is characterized by its seafaring tradition. Most of their dishes are made with seafood. But along with seafood, must be mentioned the local tropical fruit and garden produce.
The habit of tapas is prevalent in Almuñecar, many tapas bars of Almuñecar being located at: City Hall Square, the plaza Kelibia and plaza Madrid. Most of the city catering establishments also serve international cuisine: German, Belgian, French, Italian, etc.
To arrive by plane to Almuñecar you have two options, via Malaga, which is 70 kilometers from the city or via Granada, 64 kilometers from the town. Malaga Airport is best, as it has connections with almost all of Europe and Spain.
Once at the airport, by road, as below.
Almuñecar is located on the Costa Tropical and is a town accessed from by the N340, about 70 kilometers from Malaga and the capital Granada.
To get here you must take the N340 or the Coast Road. Also by the N323 coming from Madrid and Granada.
To arrive by sea to Almuñecar you have three possibilities, the closest being the Ports of Motril and Malaga, also through the port of Almeria. All three are international.
Granada 78 km
La Herradura 6.5 km
Salobreña 13 km
Nerja 23 km
Velez de Benaudalla 28 km
Otivar 12 km
Órgiva 45 km