When you need a break from the pool, the sun terrace and the beach there are plenty local attractions in Almunecar to help you pass a few hours. Another useful page to take a look at is Almunecar Excursions which suggests a few drives of interest including a visit to Granada’s Alhambra Palace which is only 50 minutes away. Almunecar Activities will give you a good selection of things to do in the area including skiing in the Sierra Nevada and playing golf on nearby courses.
Almunecar Tourist Office
Beyond Parque Majuelo at the end of Avenida de Europa is the beautiful tourist office of Almunecar which is housed in the Moorish Palacete de La Najarra. They provide maps and local information and the shaded gardens are a lovely spot to sit and read your info.
Aqua Tropic Water Park
During the summer months this saltwater waterpark at the end of Playa de Velilla is a popular venue for locals and visitors alike. You can check the latest prices and opening hours on their website at Aqua Tropic Almunecar.
The Majuelo Park is a must visit located just off the Avenida de Europa in the shadow of the Castillo de San Miguel. It is an outdoor Botanical Gardens with an impressive range of tropical and subtropical flora. The highlight of the park is the well preserved remains of the Phoenician fish salting factory dating back to the 4th century BC. You’ll also find artisan workshops and a nice little bar in the shade. There’s an annual Jazz Festival held here for a week in mid-July every year. Check dates at Jazz en la Costa. The park is free and open most of the time. The annual Gastronomic Fair is also held here over a weekend in mid-June which is well worth looking out for.
Tropical Bird Park
The “Loro Sexi” tropical bird park is a popular attraction for children. Located at the eastern side of Playa de San Cristobal the entrance is just opposite the steps leading up to the giant cross of El Peñon del Santo. The park is home to over 1500 birds including many tropical species. It’s no wonder that the apartment overlooking the park is always for sale considering the noise generated by their feathered neighbours!
11am to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm (Winter)
11am to 2pm and 6pm to 9pm (Summer)
The Almunecar aquarium is in Plaza Kuwait just next to the covered food market in the town centre. It is the largest aquarium in Andalucia with around 3000 fish of more than 200 species on display most of which can be found in the Mediterranean. The highlight for most visitors is the 17 metre shark tunnel. This is another highlight for children on holiday which is open from 10.30am until 10pm during the summer months.
El Peñon del Santo
Overlooking the town centre beaches is El Peñon del Santo which is worth walking up to to see the great views along the coast. Take a look at the writing at the bottom of the statue of Abd-ar-Rahman I who landed in Almunecar in 755. The translation of the text reads “Oh palm tree, you are like me, a stranger in the western world, away from your homeland”.
Castillo de San Miguel
Almunecar’s castle is right in the town centre overlooking the main beaches. Its origins date back to the 1st century BC under Roman rule but it was under the Moors that it was heavily fortified and was used as a short break destination by the rulers of Granada’s Nasrid dynasty.
Under Christian rule the castle took the name of Almunecar’s patron saint and served as a major defence over the coming centuries against threats to the town from pirates. British naval attacks against Napoleon’s forces during the Peninsular War created major damage to the castle after which it fell into disrepair. It then served as the town’s cemetery until major restoration work began in the 1980s. Today you can vist the castle and get a feel for its fascinating history as you stroll around it.
10.30-13.30 and 17.30-20.00 (Tuesday to Saturday)
10.30-14.00 (Sundays and Holidays)
Fresh running water was crucial for the operation of the fish salting and curing under Roman rule so the Romans developed an extensive network of aqueducts which date back to the first century AD. These aqueducts remain in good shape in various places as they run for 6km up the Rio Seco valley. They were further developed under Moorish rule for agricultural purposes and it’s incredible to see that four of the five original Roman structures are still being used to irrigate the small fruit plantations along the valley. La Carrera Aqueduct is the nearest aqueduct to town behind the Carbonell DIY shop. More impressive is the Torrecuevas Aqueduct which is about 3km from Almunecar along the road along the valley towards Jete and Otivar. The Rio Seco Aqueducts are the most impressive though not the most accessible. You can walk along the river bed for about 750m from town to see them or take the Jete/Otivar road out of town turning sharp left after the school from where you can see them at the end of that street.
Every Friday there’s an open air market in the car park next to the main N340 road through Almunecar just opposite the Lidl supermarket. It’s a typical market attracting locals and tourists alike. There are plenty clothes and bag stalls as well as ceramics, Spanish kitchen equipment, music CDs and football shirts. The place gets packed every Friday morning so parking in town becomes nearly impossible. If you’re planning a food shop on a Friday at the Mercadona or Lidl supermarket then leave it until the afternoon when the market has moved out. There’s also a car boot type market in the same place on the first Saturday of every month.
Flamenco in Almunecar
The best known place around Almunecar to see flamenco dancing is at Venta Luciano which is about 3km out of town along the Jete/Otivar road. They have a charming venue overlooking the valley where they have been hosting all inclusive flamenco evenings including drinks and barbecue for the past 30 years. It’s a good idea to arrange a return taxi trip there so that you can enjoy a few sangrias with the show. More information at the Venta Luciano website.
Museo del Bonsai
If you want to escape to a place of serenity for a little while pop into the Bonsai museum in Plaza Marruecos at the top of Avenida de Andalucia.This tranquil spot promotes the understanding of the Japanese art of Bonsai and has over 130 of these tiny trees on display.