Almunecar is on the Costa Tropical to the east of the Costa del Sol and to the west of Almeria. It is seventy-five kilometres from Malaga Airport and only forty kilometres from the wonderful city of Granada. It has a large number of sandy beaches and has more days of sunshine than any other area, hence the name Costa Tropical. In the past, Almunecar mainly attracted Spanish holidaymakers but it is becoming increasingly popular with British tourists who enjoy this mountainous stretch of Mediterranean coastline. An Almunecar holiday offers a relaxing break by the sea, basking in sub-tropical conditions on sandy beaches, and providing a wide range of leisure activities both in and out of the water.
Why Go To Almunecar?
Almunecar, surrounded by mountains, has not had the space to spread and develop as have other resorts on Spain’s southern coast. Because of this, Almunecar remains very Spanish with a traditional atmosphere enjoyed by both Spaniards and Northern Europeans. It has a large number of sandy beaches which are never over-crowded, warm clear water and a variety of water sports.
Who Is Almunecar Popular With?
Almunecar appeals to a wide variety of holidaymakers from families with young children to couples of all ages. Golfers have a choice of golf courses and water sports enthusiasts will find plenty of excitement. The vibrant nightlife appeals to young singles.
When To Go To Almunecar
Almunecar has an extended holiday season with long hot summers and mild winters. Although the most popular time to visit is during the summer months it is also a good place to go to escape from the damp British winter.
Almunecar - The Place
Almunecar, on the south coast of Spain, enjoys the best climate in the whole of the country, with long hot summers and very short mild winters. It has had a long history spanning over three thousand years from the Phoenicians to the Romans and to the Moors. It is an area of great natural beauty with twenty kilometres of coastline providing a number of beaches from long swathes of sand to small shingle coves. The town’s main beach is Playa Puerta de Mar, a long and wide sandy expanse washed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. A variety of water sports is available and there is a scuba diving school. The waters around Almunecar are very fertile and perfect for snorkelling and diving.
Almunecar has accommodation to suit all budgets and its restaurants cater for all tastes. Its shops and markets offer an extensive variety of goods and satisfy most customers.
Almunecar’s old quarter is a charming maze of narrow cobbled streets with the remains of San Miguel Castle, built by the moors, and standing guard over the town. The importance of the town in Roman times can be seen in the fish market and in the seven kilometres long Aqueduct built to carry water for the fish salting process. Beneath the castle are the Majuelo Botanical Gardens with their wealth of flora offering shady respite in the heat of the day.
An Almunecar holiday offers a guarantee of sunshine, warm water, aqua sports and lively entertainment.
Almunecar nightlife has something for everyone with lively bars and discos popular with the young. There are regular concerts and live shows in the town including classical and jazz concerts. There is also an emphasis on traditional music and dance. As dinner is eaten late, most venues don’t begin to buzz until after ten at night. The Plaza Kelibia has a number of popular bars where you can enjoy a drink under the stars. The beach bars on the Bajos del Paseo are frequented by young singles. There are also many fine restaurants where you can enjoy a peaceful meal in the company of friends.
Almunecar has a good number of supermarkets for holiday essentials as well as many gift and souvenir shops. There is an open air market every Friday with over one hundred and fifty stalls offering a wide variety of goods. On the first Saturday of each month there is a very popular flea market where you can barter for your holiday bargains. There is also a handicraft market in the Plaza del Abderraman.
Almunecar has a wide variety of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. Menus include traditional local dishes such as paella, tortillas, tapas and chorizo, as well as a choice of international cuisine. A good way to try Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home. Those with a more conservative palate can find pubs serving standard pub fare.
Children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.
Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive.