Places of Interest

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.

Castles

San Miguel Castle

Almunecar castleThere are two castles in the municipality of Almuñecar plus a number of Moorish watchtowers dotted along the coastline.

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

Monuments

Monument to Blas Infante

Monument to Blas Infante, AlmuñecarThe 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

Monument to the Phoenicians, AlmuñecarThe Phoenicians, intrepid seafarers and traders of ancient times, were effectively the first people to settle in the area around 800 BC.

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

Laurie Lee, AlmuñecarThe 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

Statues

Statue to Abderraman I

Abderraman I statue, AlmunecarThe Moors ruled the Iberian peninsula for over 700 years until the end of the Catholic reconquest of Spain in 1489.

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

El Majuelo Park, AlmunecarThe 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’

Ornithological Park Loro Sexi, AlmuñecarAlmost next door to the Botanical gardens and beneath the imposing walls of San Miguel castle is the Ornithological Park ‘Loro Sexi’ – Parque Ornitológico ‘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

Buildings

Palacete de la Najarra

Palacete de la Najarra, AlmuñecarThe 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

Archaeological Sites

Fish-salting Factory

Fish-salting pits, AlmuñecarThe early Phoenician settlers in the area, a nation of seafarers and traders, established a lucrative fish-salting industry in the town, one of the most important in the Mediterranean.

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

Roman Aqueduct

La Carrera Aqueduct, Almuñecar

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

Other

Almuñécar Aquarium

Aquarium AlmuñecarAlmuñécar Aquarium – Acuario de Almuñécar – opened its doors to the public on July 18th 2008, and is the largest such aquarium in Andalucia.

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

Peñon del Santo, AlmuñecarForming 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