Almuñecar lies on the coast 40 minutes from Granada. The city is flanked by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, less than an hour’s drive away, that protect the area from the worst of the European winter weather.
Almuñecar is situated on a relatively unknown stretch of southern coastline called the Costa Tropical in the province of Granada. It lies between Costa del Sol to the west and Costa Almeria to the east and has a population of about 25,000.
A mere 40 minute drive to Granada and only 90 km from Malaga airport, Almuñecar easily accessible while enjoying a peaceful location.
The economy of the area used to be based on agriculture and fishing but today tourism has taken over. Water sports of all types are available and diving is particularly popular due to the wonderful underwater scenery.
Positioned between the Rio Verde and Rio Seco river estuaries, Almuñecar stands on a promontory separating two alluvial flood plains. The shorelines of these plains form the town’s main beaches of Puerta del Mar on the east, and Playa San Cristobal to the west. Cliffs, that support the Arab citadel, cross these beaches and several large rock formations lead out to sea, creating interesting coves.
The largest of these rock formations, El Penon del Santo, once held an ancient shrine and was accessed from the castle by a bridge. There is now a large cross on top, illuminated at night. The layout of the old part of town is typically Moorish with steep winding streets leading from the central square, the Plaza de la Constitucion, where the town hall stands, towards the castle and highest old quarter called Barrio San Miguel.
The largest of the rock formations, El Peñon del Santo, once held an ancient shrine and was accessed from the castle by a bridge. There is now a large cross on topthat is illuminated at night.
The old part of town is typically Moorish with steep winding streets leading from the central square, the Plaza de la Constitucion, towards the castle and highest old quarter called Barrio San Miguel.
The Castillo de San Miguel was originally a Roman castle in the 1st century BC. It was rebuilt by Moors in the 10th century and became an impressive fortress.
The Castle Museum - housed in the Castillo de San Miguel.
The Archaeological Museum - not far from the castle. It is located in the cellars of a Roman construction known as the Cave of the Seven Palaces. The museum houses some interesting finds from the area, including a 3,500 year old Egyptian vase.
The Parque de Majuelo - close to the castle, with shady botanical gardens and a colourful display of exotic plants. In the centre of the park there are remains of Roman fish salting pits.
The Aqueduct - 7 kilometres in length, built by Romans, much of which still stands.
Excavations near the new Plaza Mayor - recent finds of Roman water channels and hot baths.
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