El Peñón del Santo

Forming a natural barrier between the main beaches of Playa Puerta del Mar and Playa San Cristóbal at the old harbour entrance are three rocks (peñones), one large (El Peñón del Santo) and two smaller ones (Peñón de Enmedio and Peñón de Afuera). See Map.

Peñones, Almuñecar

El Peñón del Santo, once the site of an ancient shrine and connected to the castle by a walkway, houses a cross to commemorate the defeat of the Arabs and the surrender of Almuñécar in 1489 during the Catholic reconquest of Spain.

Peñon del Santo, Almuñecar

Peñon del Santo, Almuñecar

It is also a splendid viewpoint (mirador). Steps wind up to the top where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the beaches, castle and surrounding hills.

El Peñon del Santo, Almuñecar

El Peñon del Santo, Almuñecar

The two smaller rocks, Peñón de Enmedio and Peñón de Afuera, are home to numerous seagulls, mostly Yellow-legged Gulls (similar to Herring Gulls), and it is fascinating to watch them glide gracefully and effortlessly over the rocks before coming in to land.

Peñones, Almuñecar

Gulls, Almuñecar

Gulls, Almuñecar