Practical area information
WHERE'S THE NEAREST?
The closest airport is Malaga Airport. 80 km away and a 1 hour drive.
GAS / PETROL STATIONS
The nearest Gas/Petrol station is Repsol.
Address: Camino Real de Madrid
There are smaller conveniance stores all over Almunecar. Larger food stores like Mercadona can be found at Calle Mar de Plata.
There is also Mercadona and Lidl at Calle Mariana Pineda (Market square)
Please note that almost all stores and shops are closed on Sundays.
The closest Public Medical Center is Centro de Salud Almunecar
Address: Calle Chinguetti, Almunecar.
There are plenty of pharmacys in Almunecar where you can buy medicine or for example suncream/after sun lotion. The closest one is on Paseo San Cristobal.
On the window of every pharmacy there is a paper telling you which pharmacy has an emergency 24-hour service that week.
Policía Local De Almunecar. Tel: +34 958 63 94 30
Address: Av. Juan Carlos I, 1, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada. Just next to the Bus Station.
Bus station you will find near the Market square.
Adress: Av. Juan Carlos I. Tel +34 958 04 87 00
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Andaluz HOME rental +34 607 722 063 (Monday - Friday 10:00 - 14:00)
Outside office hours, please call Mette Line at +34 638 877 633 or Susan +34 663 616 856
If you require urgent police attention, ambulance, fire brigade etc: 112 (no area code)
If you want to report assault, robbery or accident to the police: 902 102 112
Road accidents: 011
GUIDE TO ACTIVITIES
SAN CRISTOBAL BEACH
Almunecar's most well know and most widely photographed beach is the Playa San Cristobal. This beach measures 280 meters in length and runs directly into the historic San Cristobal Penon at the eastern end. This beach is flanked on one side by a promenade running its entire length. During the summer months this is the most lively area of Almunecar with live music and dance shows almost every night.
Playa San Cristobal is very well equipped with numerous hotels and restaurants. Bathrooms and changing rooms are also available.
PUERTA DEL MAR BEACH
On the other side of the big rock (penon)is Playa Puerta del Mar. It is located in the center of Almuñécar and is most likely the busiest beach in town. It is easily accessible and is close to the shopping areas. It is also right in the heart of the nightlife, near many bars and clubs. There are several water sports available (bouncy floats, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddle-boards, jet ski rentals, and more). This is a family friendly city beach and is handicap accessible.
There are umbrellas and lounge chairs available to rent. It is well equipped and has a high level of services and faces the south, for beautiful sunsets.
One of the lesser known beaches in the area is Playa Calabajio. It is located somewhat off from central Amunecar. It runs about 200 meters in length, one of the smallest in Almunecar, and is located between Playa Pozuelo and Playa Cabria. Access to this beach if off the main 340 Highway going towards Motril but right before the really big pink hotel, Hotel Calida.
In the last two years an amazing tropical Mediterranean oasis has been constructed which runs from the top of the hill, where you can find a small lookout, down the hillside almost to the sea itself. Hundreds of Cypress trees, palm trees and other tropical plants have been planted here that give the beach a very special feel.
Just a quick walk down the hill from Hotel Calida and also equipped with a full service higher end Bar / Restaurant "Chill Out", this beach is perfect for families with children or for a romantic getaway.
For Fun: Explore the new gardens, climb the hill running behind the beach to the lookout above for beautiful views of Almunecar to the east and the cliffs to the west.
EL MUERTO BEACH
Playa el Muerto is a beautiful shingle and sand cove to the west of Almuñecar, and has great rocks for climbing at the far end. Though this beach is officially a naturist-beach, in the summer and at weekends you’ll probably find more textile than naturists. To get there, walk or drive along Almuñecar paseo maritimo (sea front) for about 2km until you reach Cotobro beach. Park nearby and follow the walkway around the headland to the next cove. Playa el Muerto has no restaurants or rentals of sunbeds, and is a more "private" beach.
This small but majestic beach is surrounded by rocky cliffs, one crowned with a Moorish tower. It is located between the Playa Velilla and Playa Pozuelo in Taramay, and earns its name from the ancient coins, or treasure, once found on its shoreline. Beautiful coastal views can be seen of Almunecar and all the way down the coast to the city of Motril.
Playa Tesorillo is great for families with small children as the beach gently descends into the sea and the waters are warmer here. There are two great restaurants that sit right at the entrance of the beach; one is Italian, the other serves local Spanish cuisine. Outdoor seating is available as well as bathrooms and showers.
Umbrellas and sun lounges are also available for rental on this beach. Parking can be hard to find due to the nearby 4 star hotel, so get here early.
The Playa de Velilla is one of the most popular urban beaches that Almuñécar has. It is ideal to spend a day with family, or with friends and enjoy a pleasant day.
Its calm and crystal clear waters make it perfect for children to start practicing snorkeling, canoeing, windsurfing, Paddle Surfing or Rowing Surfing, etc. This beach is located between the beach of Puerta del Mar and Playa del Tesorillo. Playa Velilla is almost 1 kilometer and a half long, and exceeds 50 meters wide. I
Gastronomic offer in Velilla Beach
Playa Velilla has all kinds of tourist facilities and services, among which, a long and wide promenade, Children's Park and Beach Gym, Access for the disabled, Surveillance and rescue equipment, Tobacconist and Lottery, Minimarkets, ATM, showers, public restrooms, sunbeds and umbrellas, and an endless number of beach bars and restaurants open from the early hours of the morning, to the more traditional ones, offering paellas, rich fish skewers, grilled octopus, etc.
There is also a Pub where you can have a cocktail, until late at night and Chiringuitos that turn into Chillout Bars, even with nightly shows.
The largest tourist offer opens in high season, not all offers remain open all year, but the tourist movement begins to activate every February 28, party for the day of Andalusia that generates many visits of Andalusian tourism, until October included .
This beach has a long and comfortable promenade, and also has a public underground parking and other spaces converted into parking in high season.
Near the beach we find the hermitage of Santa María del Mar, and the Aqua-Tropic water park. This beach has been awarded with the "Q" flag of 'Spanish Tourism Quality'.
Do not hesitate to take a walk to the end of Playa Velilla, where you will find one of the most interesting historical remains of this area, the Fort de Velilla, usually called Torre Vigía El Tesorillo. Also from the walk you can see in height (from the Chiringuito Playamar) the Vigia del Granizo Tower between urbanizations.
ACTIVITIES AND DAYTRIPS
SKIING IN SIERRA NEVADA
If you are vacationing from mid-November to April, you can always combine a day of skiing in the Sierra Nevada with an evening swim in the mediterranean ocean. It takes about 1 hour 30 minutes by car from Almunecar to Sierra Nevada.
The ski resort is divided in 6 ski areas: Veleta, Laguna de las Yeguas, Borreguiles, Loma Dílar, Parador y Río. There are 30 lifts and 103 pistes (16 green, 35 blue, 43 red, 9 black). The combined skiing area is 94.8 km!
GRANADA AND ALHAMBRA
Located at the foot of the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains, lies the Granada province’s fantastic capital Granada. It takes little over an hour to drive here from Almunecar.
The whole city has a unique feel, with its wealth of ancient buildings and neighbourhoods, combined with a wonderful, bohemian and upbeat atmosphere, Granada enchants all who come to visit.
A visit to the Alhambra with its amazing gardens and palaces is a must while in Granada! The Moorish palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Spain's most visited attractions.
Tickets to the Alhambra can be bought online, but remember to book your tickets early. Due to its popularity all the tours can be fully booked weeks ahead.
The white-washed village of Frigiliana is situated just 25 kms from Almunecar and provides a fantastic day trip.
Frigiliana is regularly cited as being the most beautiful village in Andalucia and has consistently won awards to that effect, the Spanish tourism authority named it as the ‘prettiest village in Andalusia,’and Frigiliana was short-listed for the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize.
A maze of cobbled streets, with meticulously maintained whitewashed houses, decorated with plant pots brimming with bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine…...looking for a postcard perfect Andalusian white-washed village? This is it.
JUNTA DE LOS RIOS
Junta de los Rios translates as ‘the joining of the rivers.’ The rivers Rio Verde and Rio Negro meet to form waterfalls and crystal, clear pools in which you can bathe. This is a place of outstanding natural beauty with wonderful river pools and spectacular views. For the more adventurous, there is no better way to spend a day out!
To get here from Almunecar, take the A-4050 northwards, the Carretera Suspiro del Moro (or La Cabra, as it is known locally) towards Granada city. The route passes through some beautiful countryside and is at the heart of the ‘tropical valley.’
Passing through the villages of Jete and then Otivar, the entrance gate to the river is on the left hand side, just beyond the turning for the Palacete de Cazulas (approximately 2kms after passing Otivar). Keep your eyes open as it is very easy to miss, there is a small gateway with a hut behind. Inside is a person who registers all cars/people and you pay an entrance fee. The access road is private and the fee helps to keep it ‘maintained.’
The road leading to the ‘Junta’ is approximately 6kms and track. It can be pretty rough in places, particularly with a heavily loaded car. Follow the road down until reaching the mouth of the gorge. Depending on the type of vehicle (and your nerves) you can park here or carry on.
Although if not in a good 4x4, its suggestible to park here and walk.
Following the river on your right, you keep walking and almost immediately the river opens up with plenty of pools for bathing and small waterfalls. It takes approximately one hour to get to an old disused dam/farm, from here you need to bear right and start crossing the rivers several times and eventually make your way up to the higher/deeper pools.
The Costa del Sol has become an extremely popular destination for golfers from all across Europe, attracted by the reliable all-year round good weather and some of the best golf courses in Spain. Within half an hour of Nerja there are three excellent golf courses, all having sea-view holes, a variety of challenges and good on-site facilities, including restaurants. Bookings can be made online, by 'phone or by fax.
Nearest to Almunecar, a 35-40 minute drive, is Baviera Golf: https://bavieragolf.com/
18 holes, Par 71, 5,609m
Urb. Baviera Golf - Caleta de Vélez
Tel: 952 55 50 15
Baviera Golf has been designed by José María Cañizares, the prestigious professional golfer. Cañizares is one of Spain's most international and charismatic golfers in whose record are 5 tournaments of the European circuit and 2 world championships as well as several participations in the Ryder Cup.
Baviera golf is an even course characterized by its wide, undulating greens and the great variety of obstacles which offer a wide range of strokes and an ideal design for all types of handicap.
The variety of holes and the unsurpassable views both to the Mediterranean sea and the mountains ensure you will have an unforgettable day at Baviera Golf.
Another 10-15 minutes' further on towards Malaga, is another golf course designed by José María Cañizares, Añoreta Golf: https://anoretagolf.es/
18 holes, Par 72, 5,833m
Avenida del Golf, S/N
Rincón de la Victoria,
Tel: 952 40 40 00
Añoreta Golf was the first 18-hole golf course to be built to the east of Malaga.
The Añoreta Course was designed by the famed Ryder Cup Champion José María Cañizares. The par 72 has a longitude of 6,016 metres for professionals and 5,833 for amateurs.
Añoreta first opened in 1990. Añoreta Golf proves itself to be an excellent challenge for golfers of all levels with its varied and pleasant undulating greens surrounded by trees and water accentuating the natural beauty of the setting.
Many of the holes are truly spectacular, in particular hole 7 with its breathtaking seaviews. The course offers a eighteen-hole par 3 bordered by an immense lake enhancing the emerald turf. The Añoreta Golf location takes advantage of the outstanding Mediterranean Climate that only the Costa del Sol can offer every day of the year.
For further information, please visit their website.
LOS MORISCOS GOLF
About a 20 minute drive from Almunecar in the opposite direction to Malaga, is the Los Moriscos Golf Course, in the province of Granada: https://www.moriscosgolf.com/es/
18 holes, Par 70, 5,122m
Tel: 958 82 55 27
This newly-designed course lies on the shore of the Mediterranean. What better place to enjoy a round of golf?
Wide fairways, running across virtually flat countryside, make it the ideal course for all golfers. While going from hole to hole, you'll be surrounded by tropical palms and wide artificial lakes, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
For further information, please visit their website.
The nearest out of town shopping centre is El Ingenio in Velez Malaga, a 40 minute drive along the motorway towards Malaga. They have stores like: Bershka, Calzedonia, Desigual, H&M, Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Primor, Springfield, Dunnes Store, The Body Shop, and many more. There are also restaurants and fast-food restaurants. There is a multi screen cinema here showing English language films.
The adress is 29740, Av. del Rey Juan Carlos I, 18,
29700 Torre del Mar, Málaga
They are open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00.
MERCADILLO – ALMUÑÉCAR FRIDAY MARKET
The entrance to the “Mercadillo Los Viernes” (The Friday Market) is right in the heart of the town at the Arc de Triomphe Puerta de Almuñécar , this is also the main fairgrounds for the tivoli in the month of August. You will find over 200 stalls to explore, with everything from music, spices, kitchen wares, clothing, fresh flowers, shoes, souvenirs, fresh honey and much more.
It is open between 9:00 and 14:00, but it really doesn’t get going until closer to 10am.
Blas Infantes Arches, Almunecar. (Right next to the towns only McDonalds)
MERCADILLO - THE SUNDAY RASTRO
Find out what treasure lies buried at the Sunday rastro - or second-hand fleamarket. It's located in the same place as the previously described Friday market.
Whatever you can think of, it's here! There's a mix of treasure and, well, trash... But often you can make at least one good find. Its open between 09.00 - 14.00.
Blas Infantes Arches, Almunecar. (Right next to the towns only McDonalds)
MERCADO MUNICIPAL – ALMUÑÉCAR MUNICIPAL MARKET
Here you will find fresh organic produce brought in daily by the local farmers.
The best selection of fresh seafood is also on ice waiting for you. The catch of the day is delivered in the early hours of the morning, so you know what was fresh from the sea that day.
The butchers have wonderful cuts of meat and will even make fresh ground burgers for you. There are a few bakeries with delicious breads and pastries. You will of course find the deli counter with slice meats and cheese as well. Surrounding the municipal market building you will have plenty of choices for fresh flowers, plants, spices and teas.
Av. de Cala, 9, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada.
In Almunecar you have the water park Parque Acuático Aquatropic with its many waterslides, a wave-pool and decorated pools for the smaller children. A real fun time for the kids! The park is open every day from June to September 10:00 to 19:00.
GUIDE TO CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
CASTILLO DE SAN MIGUEL
Located in the Cerro de San Miguel and crowning the town of Almuñécar. This Arab fortress occupies the space and take advantage of the Phoenicians and Romans, as evidenced by different sources and structures of Roman buildings. Undoubtedly the castle structures are Muslim period, it became the retreat of the Nasrid dynasty, S.XIII. At the end of the reign of the Catholic King Ferdinand, S.XVI, the moat, the drawbridge and the imposing front entrance with its four circular towers built. During the War of Independence against the French he suffered the bombing of the British troops, being in ruinous state, and would be used as a Christian cemetery until mid-S.XX. It has a pavilion in neoclassical style, with no apparent connection to the structure of the castle,
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Archaeological museum "Cueva de Siete Palacios"
In honor of Minerva, a church in whose basement is the Cueva de Siete Palacios, now home to the Archaeological Museum since 1984, which has important pieces like a beautiful Egyptian glass from the time of Pharaoh Apophis I built S.XVII ac
One of the most popular outings in Málaga. The Nerja caves were discovered in 1959, when a group of young boys from Maro found it by chance. They had inadvertently stumbled on one of the most important geological finds of our era.
The Nerja caves are home to the world's largest column, it has held its place in the Guinness Book of Records since 1989 and the world’s oldest Neanderthal cave paintings - they were recently dated as being over 10,000 years older than the previous record holder.
The recent discovery of Roman pottery, Moorish coins, and the presence of an unusual biodiversity have all confirmed that discoveries in the Nerja Caves are seemingly limitless and subject to incredible global speculation.
The caves are roughly five kilometres in length and have several sections open to the public, visiting them makes a fascinating day out for the whole family.
The museum covers three floors with approximately 1,800 square meters of space. Visitors can wander through these areas soaking up not only the history of the Nerja caves and the town but also the rich history of the entire Axarquia region with touches of the past from Torrox, Frigiliana and the town of Vélez-Málaga which played a crucial role in the re-invasion of the area by the Catholic Kings in 1487. Amongst the exhibits expect to find archaeological finds from the caves including ceramics, ancient utensils used by early inhabitants and the skeleton of a young women who lived in the caves some 18,000 years ago.
Monday to Sunday. Mornings and afternoons:
10:00 to 14:00
16:00 to 18:30
During the summer months of September and August hours change slightly
Mornings and afternoons
10:00 to 14:00
18:00 to 22:00
Entrance is free for EU citizens below the age of 18 and above the age of 65. For a joint visit to the Nerja Caves you'll receive a discount of €2.
General admission : €6 per person
Address: Plaza de España, nº4, 29780 Nerja, Málaga
MUSEO PICASSO MALAGA
The Museo Picasso in Málaga, the city where famous artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born. It opened in 2003 in the Buenavista Palace, and now has 285 works donated by members of Picasso's family. The Museo Picasso Málaga is only 200 metres (660 ft) from the Plaza de La Merced, where Picasso was born.
November-February: open daily 10am-6pm
March-June: open daily 10:00 -19:00
July-August: open daily 10:00 - 20:00
September-October: open daily 10:00-19:00
Tickets are on sale up to 30 minutes before closing time. Visitors will be asked to begin leaving the galleries 10 minutes before closing time.
- Permanent collection: € 7,00
- Temporary exhibition Joaquín Torres-García: € 5,50
- Permanent collection + Joaquín Torres-García: € 10,00
Address: Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín, 8, 29015 Málaga
MUSEO CARMEN THYSSEN
The Museum is housed in a 16th century building that was home to nobility, reformed and enlarged in the 18th century by the Villalón family, whose name it takes. Situated in the city, in the heart of Malaga's historic centre, its outstanding features include coffered wooden ceilings, an arcaded central courtyard and emblazoned façade. After several changes in ownership and use during the 19th century, which involved various modifications to the building, it was restored by the City Council expressly to receive the Museum's collection.
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
Closed Mondays (Except public holidays)
Plaza Carmen Thyssen - C/Compañía, 10
Train: Estación María Zambrano. www.renfe.es.
GUIDE TO BARS AND RESTAURANTS
BAR EL CONVENTO
Bar El Convento is a hidden gem with a wonderful roof terrace, fun and eclectic interiors and really good drinks! Once a week they have jazz/blues/night with live music.
Address: Plaza de la Victoria, 20, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada
Many people say that La Trastienda has the towns best tapas. Its located between two other bars, so make sure you sit on the blue chairs, then you are in the right place! Located on a busy and cosy square!
Address: Plaza Kelibia, 4, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada
Almunecar is home to many restaurants! The choice is most definitely yours when it comes to food, and there is something for everybody!
Below is a selection of some of the owners and our favourite restaurants in Almunecar.
In Almunecars old town, just down the steps from Paseo del Altillo lies this pleasant family run place with an upstairs dining room overlooking the square. The lunchtime menu "menu del dia" changes almost daily and provides good value, and the evening a la carte selection offers a good selection of popular dishes served in a welcoming and genuine environment.
Plaza de la Rosa, 4
Tel: 958 634020
CASA LA PARRA
Restaurante Asador Casa La Parra is a beautiful place. A yellow little house tucked away on a small street right below the church of the old town. The ambiance is perfect for a very nice date night or a intimate family dinner and you can expect the best quality food too. There is a smaller bar and patio area serving pinchos, as well as a dining room. Their roof terrace is for drinks and tapas, and it has a magical view, as you are sitting right next to the big church. They can cater to vegetarian and vegans too (just ask), and they offer a great wine selection!
Calle Parra, 7, old town Almunecar
DE LA FLOR
De la Fleur is a family run restaurant with upscale dishes, beautifully presented. It has seating inside, and open air seating. This is a local favourite as there is always good service and they offer some wonderful salads and tapas.
Av. Europa, 25, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada
HORNO DE CANDIDA
If you are looking for a dining experience, then you are in for a treat at Restaurante Horno de Candida. Horno de Candida offers you a cozy atmosphere, along with excellent service and delicious food. They take good care of all food allergies without giving out on the quality.
Horno de Candida was early on a restaurant school, but for the latest year it is now only a restaurant after the new owners took over.
Calle Orovia 3, 18690 Almuñécar
MESON FRANCISCO II
A cosy restaurant with great service tucked away on a small plaza in Almunecars old town. The surroundings are very intimate and pretty with the outdoor courtyard with ficus and other potted plants enclosing the dining area. Their delicious t-bone steak is said to be the best in town!
Calle Alta del Mar, 12.