You’ll find a good variety of leisure activities around Almunecar to keep you amused during your stay. Thanks to its location and idyllic climate you’ll discover the holy grail of activity based tourism which allows you to ski in the morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon. Golf is a popular pastime amongst visitors with Motril’s Los Moriscos course just a 15 minute drive from Almunecar. Drive west for an hour and you enter the famed Costa del Sol where more than 50 courses provides a golfer’s dreamland. More locally you can find some fine walking opportunities in the hills adjacent to the coast as you head from Almunecar to Nerja and scuba diving is a popular pastime at numerous local bays.
Golf around Almunecar
The nearest course to Almunecar is the 18 hole Los Moriscos Golf in Motril. This flat course was originally designed as a 9 hole course back in 1974 by Manuel Pinero yet recent developments have extended it to 18 holes. The course lies right next to the sea and has beautiful views up towards to nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. Tropical vegetation bordering many fairways ensures a fairly unique round of golf.
The next nearest course is beyond Nerja at Baviera Golf near Caleta de Velez. It is suitable for all levels of players and offers marvellous views of the mountains and the sea. Continue 15 minutes further along the motorway and you’ll reach Anoreta Golf which was the first course to be built in the area east of Malaga city. It’s a demanding course but is suitable to all level of players providing a varied round of golf. Both these courses were designed by Jose Maria Cañizares.
Once you go beyond Malaga you’re into the Costa del Golf, one of the world’s great golfing destinations.
Skiing from Almunecar
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is Europe’s most southerly ski resort. To get there just head east along the coast from Almunecar towards Motril then follow the signs for Granada. From the motorway as you approach Granada city take the exit marked “Alhambra / Sierra Nevada”. You’ll soon be approaching a tunnel which you should go under in the right hand lane. Immediately after the tunnel is a filter lane that takes you up the mountain. From Almunecar to the ski village of Pradollano (2100m) will take you about 1½ hours when there’s no traffic. On mornings when the slopes are all open and there are many skiers heading up to the resort this will take longer. If you’re heading up there during a heavy snow fall you will almost certainly need snow chains which can be purchased on the way up.
The ski resort reaches a peak at Veleta (3394m) from where skiers can see across the Mediterranean to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco on the clearest of days. In theory the resort could be open from the beginning of December until early May but in practice this varies every year as snowfall becomes increasingly unpredictable. The official Sierra Nevada website provides information about current conditions in Spanish. The British Ski Centre might prove an easier site to check.
Scuba Diving around Almunecar
With visibility of up to 30 metres and summer water temperatures of 14°C to 29°C the waters of the Costa Tropical around Almunecar are ideal for scuba diving. Numerous PADI dive centres are located in Almunecar, La Herradura and Marina del Este which offer the beginner’s open water diver course locally. The same companies will take qualified divers out to some fascinating local dive sites. If you fancy giving it a try get in touch with Allan at www.aquaholicdivers.com who’ll take you out for a dive or arrange a full course for you.
There are year round hiking opportunities in the mountains surrounding Almunecar. Thermal conditions in the autumn and winter attract paragliders from all over Europe to the area. They take off from specific places in the hills of the Sierra Almijara inland from Almunecar and often land on the town’s beaches (see www.fly-park-almunecar.com). Sailing opportunities are available from Marina del Este and horseriding can be arranged.