Almunecar is a charming coastal town located in the eastern part of the Spanish Autonomous Region of Andalusia. It is set between Malaga to the west and Granada to the north, each about an hour drive and both with their own international airport. Almunecar is sometimes considered the capital of the beautiful coastal region of Costa Tropical and with is subtropical climate is the perfect destination for a sun filled holiday. It is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, from its lovely coast and remarkable beaches, to its rivers on either side of the old town and the surrounding hills with various almond and olive plantations.
The History of Almunecar dates back thousands of years, starting with the Phoenicians as the first occupiers. It was then conquered by the Romans, followed by the Moors and finally by the Catholic Monarchs. Today there are still many historical and architectural sites remaining from its glorious past such as the Roman Aqueduct and the Castle.
With its natural beauty, plenty of historical sites, a lovely old town and easy transport connections, is it no wonder that Almunecar is one of the most sought after holiday destination in Costa Tropical.
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Top 10 Almunecar attractions
Almunecar is packed with great sites to be discovered from its Roman Aqueduct to the San Miguel Castle passing by a variety of beautiful parks and beaches. The top 10 Almunecar attractions include:
- San Miguel Castle
- Plaza de Constitución
- Roman Aqueduct
- Majuelo Park
- Archaeological Museum
- Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación
- Torre de los Diablos
- Almunecar beaches
- Cotobro Bridge
- Statue of Abd-ar-Rahman
San Miguel Castle
The San Miguel Castle is perhaps Almunecar’s most famous landmark. Strategically located on one of the southernmost tips of the city, separating the town’s main beaches it offers spectacular views on each side of the Mediterranean sea. It was originally built by the Arabs on Roman foundations as a fortress to protect the city from the pirates, and later extended by the Christians.
Plaza de Constitución
The Plaza de Constitución is Almunecar’s main square. It is located in the heart of the old town which is packed with narrow streets and beautiful old houses with Geranium-filled balconies. This pedestrian only plaza is home to the town’s archaeological museum, the Town Hall as well as various terraced cafes, making it an ideal place to sit-down and enjoy a hot chocolate with some fresh made churrios.
The Roman Aqueduct is a remarkable piece of engineering dating back to the 1st century and one of the most important construction in the Rio Verde valley. It is located some 2 kilometres north of Almunecar.
The Majuelo Park is home to the splendid Almunecar’s Botanical gardens as well as the archaeological area containing the Roman ruins. It is located not far from the castle and is famous for its old fish-salting pits and wide variety of exotic flora.
The Cueva de los Siete Palacios archaeological museum, once a Roman building is located in the heart of Almunecar’s old town, within the Plaza de Constitución. The museum offers a variety of historical artefacts such as its unique vase from Egypt.
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación
Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación is the town’s main church. It is located next to the Plaza de la Constitución.
Torre de los Diablos
The Torre de los Diablos is Almunecar’s famous watchtower once serving as a defence fort protecting the town from pirate invasions. It dates back to the 18th century and is located along the coast, on a hill between the Enmedio and Cabria beaches.
Almunecar is blessed with some 20 kilometres of beautiful coastline, home to a variety of beaches, from the popular town centre beachfront packed with various restaurants to more secluded coves on either side of the city. Many of those beaches are the perfect place to try some water sports. The areas is especially famous for its underwater scenery, often praised as having some of the best diving spots in Andalucía.
Almunecar’s principal beach is t he Playa Puerta del Mar located along the palm-lined Paseo del Altillo. Other remarkable beaches worth discovering includes the Almunecar Playa Velilla and the Playa de San Cristobal.
The Cotobro is a lovely Medieval bridge probably built on Roman foundations, which looks exactly as it did some 1000 years ago. The stone bridge crosses the Barranco de Cotobro water course and was once on the main road that connects Cartagena to Malaga. It is located on the west side of Almunecar’s, near the Cotobro beach.
Statue of Abd-ar-Rahman
Almunecar is packed with a variety of dedicated monuments and statues, paying an homage to the town’s historical characters. One of the most known is the statue of Abd-ar-Rahman founder of The Emirate of Cordoba who landed at Almunecar in 755 AD. It is located right next to the San Miguel Castle. Next to the statue is a remarkable fishing boat, a symbol of the city’s sailors and fisherman.
Flights to Almunecar
The best way to get to Almunecar is through Malaga’s international airport to the west or Granada’s international airport to the north.
A perfect way to discover the get to Almunecar from Malaga and explore the surrounding areas is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city.
Alternatively you may book a car in Granada’s international airport.
Top Almunecar hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Almunecar as voted by the users. To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Almunecar smarter Hotel Booking.
Victoria Playa Hotel
Amelia Sanchez, Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Spain – 3 Stars
Guests will find in room safe, air conditioning, balcony/terrace waiting in each room. Meeting facilities, bar/pub, business centre, room service are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Costa Tropical hotel. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find gym, pool (kids) at the hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Victoria Playa Hotel.
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Bahia Almunecar Hotel
Avda. Juan Carlos 1, Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Spain 18690 – 4 Stars
Guests will find hair dryer, television, air conditioning waiting in each room. Elevator, 24hr room service, shops, disabled facilities are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Costa Tropical hotel. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including massage, jacuzzi, outdoor pool. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Bahia Almunecar Hotel.
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Bahia Tropical Hotel
Playa Del Pozuelo, s/n , Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Spain 18690 – 4 Stars
To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature television, hair dryer, in room safe. Laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, bar/pub, elevator are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Costa Tropical hotel. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include jacuzzi, massage, sauna. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Acera del Pilar, 6, La Herradura, Costa Tropical, Spain 18697 – 3 Stars
Each room includes air conditioning, in room safe, non smoking rooms. The hotel boasts bicycle rental, elevator, business centre, 24hr room service as part of its superior facilities and services. Unwind after your day with a choice of water sports (non-motorized) – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Almijara Hotel.
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Arrayanes Playa Hotel
Paseo de Cotobro, 5, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain – 3 Stars
Guests will find mini bar, air conditioning, shower, non smoking rooms waiting in each room. Featuring elevator, shops, business centre, 24hr room service, this Almunecar hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find garden, outdoor pool. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Arrayanes Playa Hotel.
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Hotel Playa Cotobro
Paseo de Cotobro, 1, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain 18690 – 4 Stars
All rooms have hair dryer, desk, in room safe as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, bar/pub, restaurant as part of its superior facilities and services. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find water sports (non-motorized). With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hotel Playa Cotobro.
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La Santa Cruz Resort & Spa Hotel – 3 Stars
Carretera Suspiro Del Moro Km 1, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain
Some of the features you’ll enjoy are hair dryer, non smoking rooms, desk, shower. Bar/pub, shops, elevator are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Almunecar hotel. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including indoor pool, massage, garden. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value.
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Avda. del Mediterraneo, 51, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain 18690 – 3 Stars
Included in all rooms are shower, bathtub, in room safe. The hotel boasts pets allowed, meeting facilities, bar/pub, business centre as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including outdoor pool. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel
Paseo de la China s/n, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain – 4 Stars
With 227 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Featured in each room, among other amenities, are television, desk, non smoking rooms. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Almunecar hotel offers room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant. Gym, massage, spa, outdoor pool are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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