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Almuñecar [1] is a small coastal city in Granada province that lies between Salobreña to the East and Nerja to the West. It includes the villages/neighborhoods of La Herradura, Cotobro, Taramay and Velilla and has an approximate population of 27,000 inhabitants. This unofficial number varies as during the summer months the number of people can be multiplied by 5 times and many residences instantly become inhabited.


A once-laid back fishing town, it has with the help of good marketing, become a magnet for Northern Europeans and UK residents as a package vacation spot or a place to retire with a lower cost of living. There are Spanish tourists too - day-trippers from Granada and young people partying at the beach. With the expansion of the European Union, more Eastern Europeans have been drawn here too by the sub-tropical climate where the sun shines at least 320 days of the year.

Get in[edit]

Almuñecar is equidistant from both Granada and Malaga airports, 55 minutes by car on the newly extended highway.

By bus[edit]

One of the cheapest ways to get to Almuñecar is by bus. If you are flying in to Malaga airport you can get the train from the airport to Malaga centre, the journey lasts 8 minutes and is frequent. You can check the timetables here[2]. Once at Malaga centre the bus station is around the corner from the train station, a bus ticket costs about €7 and the timetables can be found here.[3]

By taxi[edit]

An alternative means of transport is a taxi, it is without doubt the fastest and most comfortable means of transport to get to your destination, once you have arrived your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall holding an official sign with your name clearly printed on it, the driver helps you with your luggage to your vehicle and you are away, you receive a hassle free ride especially after a tiring day, Pre-Book Your Malaga Airport Transfers to Almunecar cost's €85 you can book with Malaga Cabbie,if you are flying in to granada airport and would like to pre book a taxi to Almunecar you can do so with 2 spain transfers.

Get around[edit]

The local bus transportation is quite good, but alas there is no train service - yet.

See[edit][add listing]

The sights can be taken in within a day. They include the partial walls of an ancient Phoenician and Roman fish-salting factory (4th c. B.C. to 4th c. A.D.), the ruins of San Miguel castle, municipal museums, and a stretch of beaches along the motorway. The "Keys of Almunecar" exhibit in the Casa de Cultura is closed as of June 2016 for renovations. The modest museum at the "Cave of Seven Palaces" is perhaps a 30 minute visit with one room and about a dozen showcases. The "Loro Sexi" Park has parrots, and the Bonzai Park has bonsai. The "Sexi" part of the name refers to the ancient Phoenician name of the town.

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  • The Alpujarra mountain area is approximately 1 hr. away and is known for its serene natural environment. A rental car would be needed to get there.
  • Parque Acuático Aquatropic - Waterpark
  • Beach - most people enjoy sunbathing and walking along the esplanade, and there are a couple of dive shops in town.
  • The bigger hotels might offer package activities like rural walks into the surrounding hills, horseback riding, paragliding and mountain biking.
  • When planning your day, keep in mind that most shops, offices, museums, and attractions are closed between 2pm and 5pm and all day Sunday.

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  • The old town has old-fashioned plazas and a mazework of narrow streets that are mostly pedestrian friendly,
  • There are gift shops and restaurants, which are outnumbered by a dazzling array of real estate offices.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • During the warm summer months, "tapa" bars are bursting with life well into the wee hours of the morning.
  • Seafood is very fresh and quite good, at reasonable prices. Tipping is not expected or required, and it's always good to count your change.
  • Take in a hot chocolate with churros or fresh potato chips at one of the churrerias along the beach.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are several 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in the area, as well as hostels. Air conditioning is highly recommended in the summer unless you don't mind heat, noise, motor exhaust, and smoke from the occasional hill fire. The Almunecar Plaza Hotel has a hydrologic spa with sauna and Turkish-style baths. And if wellness is of interest, in the area there are several practitioners of Reiki, massage, personality building, life coaching and so on.


Get out[edit]

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