In addition to the obvious attractions of sun, sea and sand, there are numerous places or items of interest in Almuñecar to suit almost every taste. You will find the locations, plus a bit of information, on the Map for easy reference.
San Miguel Castle
Dominating the skyline, perched on top of a hill above the coastal town of Almuñécar, are the ruins of the old San Miguel Castle – Castillo de San Miguel -, originally built by the Phoenicians and Romans before later becoming a mighty Moorish fortress….More info
Monument to Blas Infante
The impressive archway as you enter Almuñecar, the Puerta de Almuñécar, is a fairly recent monument to Blas Infante, an important political figure in the recent history of Andalucia and considered the ‘father of Andalucia’.
Blas Infante was summarily executed by the forces of General Franco on August 11th 1936….More info
Monument to the Phoenicians
The Phoenicians developed a highly lucrative fish-salting industry which became one of the most important in the Mediterranean and was continued, and expanded, by the Romans….More info
Monument and Plaque to Laurie Lee
The English writer Laurie Lee, born in 1914, is forever associated with the town of Almuñecar. His autobiographical novels ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ and ‘A Moment of War’ recount his first visit to Spain and Almuñecar and his subsequent involvement in the Spanish Civil War.
A later book, ‘A Rose for Winter’, recounts a later visit to Andalucia some fifteen years after the Spanish Civil War….More info
Statue to Abderraman I
At the foot of El Peñon del Santo stands a statue to Abderraman I (also referred to as Abd ar-Rahman I or Abdul Rahman I), who landed in Almuñecar in 755 AD and founded the Umayyad Emirate of Córdoba, a Muslim dynasty that ruled the greater part of Iberia for nearly three hundred years….More info
Parks and Gardens
El Majuelo Botanical Gardens
The El Majuelo Botanical Gardens – Parque Botánico El Majuelo – in Almuñecar are located below the Castillo de San Miguel and right next to the ancient Roman fish salting factory and contains over 200 species of sub-tropical plants from all over the world.
It is a great place to wander, or just sit and relax with a drink in the cafe/bar located at the far end of the park….More info
Ornithological Park ‘Loro Sexi’
Opened in 1987, the park is home to to around 100 species of birds including parrots, macaws, peacocks, owls, toucans, turtles and ducks. There is also an extensive cactus garden housing some quite wonderful specimens….More info
The Bonsai Garden Museum
The Bonsai Garden Museum – Jardín Museo del Bonsái – in plaza de Marruecos, Almuñécar, has become the most important site of its kind in Andalucia and one of the most important in Spain after the Bonsai Museum in Alcobendas, Madrid.
Well laid-out and maintained, the garden is a peaceful, relaxing and a very interesting place to visit and wander….More info
Palacete de la Najarra
The Palacete de la Najarra is a neo-Arabic mansion or small palace built over an Arab house during the XIX century by José Rubio Osorio and is located not far from the Playa de San Cristobal in Almuñécar.
It now houses the main Tourist Office. Apart from the ornate building itself, there is delightful enclosed, shaded courtyard which is well worth a look….More info
The Romans continued and expanded the industry and some of the old salting pits – salazones – and building foundations can be seen in El Majuelo Park. Only a part of what must have been a large site has so far been excavated….More info
The old Roman Aqueduct system was the principal source of water for the town for nearly 2,000 years, the aqueduct system, including elaborate tunnels, stretching around 8 kilometres from Torrecuevas to La Carrera de la Concepción, close to the bus station.
The final section, La Carrera de la Concepción, was only excavated in the late 1990’s and led to the discovery of some Roman Baths….More info
The aquarium is on two levels where the sea and its inhabitants from two perspectives, the evolution of marine organisms from the creation of the oceans and a tour of the Mediterranean ecosystems and its species….More info
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).
El Peñón del Santo has a splendid viewpoint (mirador). Steps wind up to the top where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the beaches, castle and surrounding hills….More info