Some pretty streets and interesting attractions.
Some ugly streets. The beaches have pebbles not sand.
lovely way to see local spanish life
Parque Mahuelo and Loro Sexy birdpark are right next to each other. El parque Majuelo has a pretty botanical garden with sub-tropical plants from around the world many from Brasil and Cuba and ruins of the fish salting 'factory' which was founded by the Phoenicians in 4th Century BC and therefore - seriously old! There are several "casitas" where...more
This is a locally written bilingual magazine with lots of useful info on places to eat, things to do and life in general in this area. Ideal holiday reading. Jokes, puzzles, useful local telephone numbers, and more. There is also a forum called Costaliving Forum. Both magazine and forum are of interest to anybody interested in this area and in...more
A fun day out for the kids without having to go far - The water park on Playa de Velilla which is easy reached on foot from the center of town. Featuring various swimming pools with the healthier option of purified seawater, it boasts rapids, slides and the 'black hole' and such the like, it kept our three amused all day. It is not a huge park,...more
Friday mornings behind the (dreaded) MacDonalds - Mostly the usual tacky market stuff, but colourful, cheap and cheerful - What more could you want with the kids in tow. You may even find the odd decent flamenco cd.For smaller people, the market feria dresses are much cheaper to buy here. You can also grab an array of flowers for your hair. These...more
Almunecar has 19 kms of coastline, incorporating 26 different beaches. These beaches are not white sand; most have pebbles, some have sand, but all have very clear water.Based on the western side of town is playa San Cristobal. Here you will find sand, chiringuitos and all facilities. The atmosphere is usually lively, although never too lively (we...more
"As it has for centuries, the Castillo de San Miguel dominates the Almunecar skyline. Originally built by Romans in the 1st century BC, the Moors developed the castle into an impressive fortress whose defences included three separately walled precincts, 46 towers and turrets and three main gates".In the old part of town, the castle is at the top of...more
Almunecar has one of the more splendid Oficina de Tourismo in the region! It is located in a wonderful, multicoloured Palace not far from the San Cristobal seafront. Enter via the side gate on Avenida de Europa.This is the Najarra Palace, dating from the nineteenth century. It also has a leafy, tranquil garden, with palm trees and a neo-Islamic...more
We stumbled across this wonderful fountain a few metres from out hotel. How splendid, hopefully a taste of things to come further into the town. Very helpfully for tourists it displays its date of origin in big numerals - 1559. But as you can see, these are not the only big things on display!The fountain's facade dates from the days of catholic...more
do you want to be wake up early in the morning by a hammer drill just below your room because there...more
After a few days at this hotel I had mixed feelings. It's perfect for families as you can book a...more
On my recent road trip, I stayed one night at Hostal Altamar, Almunecar.Situated in the in the old...more
I have visited more than 30 restaurants in Almunecar the last two years, but I return to Los Laureles again and again.They have, compared to most of the restaurants in the area, the ability to renew themselves and the menu. Especially the tasting menus they offer Fridays and Saturdays. Sometimes they are excellent, sometimes very good – but they...more
Il been to many restaurants in almunecar, but this place is simply the best, when you come in, you will see candle lights, fresh flowers on the table, there is a very romantic atmosfere, and lovely music playing.The owners, just had it for 4 months, and they are trying to do something completly different, with serving only fresh homemade food, the...more
Highly recommended and apprently Michelin recommended top nosh restaurant. I have never been (no-one would come with me!) The kitchen this open fron: 12,30 to 14,30 19,30 to 21,30 Closed: Sunday evenings and all day Monday.July and August: Open evey day.*If anyone has been here lately, please pass on any tips !(ie have to book? good time to eat...more
El Horno Candida was a real discovery! Almunecar's catering students practise their restuarant skills here, supervised by top chefs. You get offered top quality food, beautifully presented, for bargain prices. The restaurant is beautiful too. The 'horno' is an ancient oven on the ground floor, which is so big they have a large table and chairs...more
The Handsome Man and I really liked the restaurant at the Hotel Casablanca, although the Little Rock Chic & pal weren't so keen. The food was fresh, of a high quality and they had some excellent wines from all over Spain rather than just the Granada region. Service was efficient and they really knew their menu and wines.It is also positioned in a...more
There are two beach bars in this area near a very small children’s fair. The smaller one only has outside seating and serves beer in plastic glasses. There is an old rowing boat filled with sand where the sardines and gambas are grilled. The food is excellent, it is a great place to people watch but don’t expect sophistication.Update Sept.09. The...more
*Sadly, when we visted August 2010, this bar was closed. I'm not sure if that's permenant or not*This is a authentic flamenco bar which used to be run by Ricardo who is a very talented flamenco guitarist from a gypsy family, although I don't think he is the owner of this place now. This was probably be your only chance to see real flamenco...more
A short and reasonably priced taxi ride took us out to a local flamenco restaurant /cabaret spot.I wouldn't say it was really flamenco at all the night we went, rather flamenco cabaret, but it is a great family night out, with a LOT of food in the way of an outside barbecue, some mexican style cabaret singers around the table, followed by some...more
As in most of (rather civilised) Spain, certain bars are visited at certain times; usually, the later the bar, the further away from residential areas it is....Almunecar is no different. You may start in the old town for a bite to eat, then move down further towards the sea front at Plaza Kelibia for a late night tipple, then onto the paseo below...more
**Very annoyingly, THIS ROUTE HAS NOW STOPPED - you now need to go to Malaga**(Ryan air have also stopped their flights there) let's hope something is done about this and soon!We always used to Fly Monarch airline to Granada. I have always found them efficient, friendly and reasonably priced. You can grab scheduled flights, choosing your dates for...more
Carjet - Easy to use website and reliable car hire (mostly running out of the aiports).The locals recommend Crown :Paseo San Cristobal, 7, Edf. Vista Azul T: +34 958 880 240 F: +34 958 633 396 Mon-Sun 0900-1300 Mon-Sun 1700-2000 Proceed to above address and look out for Crown Car Hire Signage. Drop off to be arranged with Crown Car Hire when...more
We have used this company before and have found them reliable, efficient and friendly.We've booked them again for next week (Aug 2010) - will report back.Easy online booking.Malaga - Almunecar eu 95AUG 2010 - All good as usual this year. Met at airport by cheeky, cheerful chap David, who went the extra mile and waited while we picked up our house...more
Friday, February 22, 2013Located on the grounds near the "Arc de Triomphe Puerto", the ALMUNECAR "OPEN" MARKET or "Mercadillo Los Viernes", is held on Fridays. Sunday is the Flea Market at the same location. There were at least 200 stands, with lots to choose from. Known by the locals as the "Baratillo" because it is so cheap to shop there. Items...more
Open 8 - 2.30 (ish) daily except Sunday.Selling fresh fish, locally grown produce, local cheese and chirizo etcYou can also buy flowers and plants.Reasonably priced.There is an car park under the market for those who don't wish to walk with shopping. Cheese, fruit, sausages, fresh fish and eggs.Flowers, plants etcmore
Actually, this little shop is packed full of loads of things as well as the vios y licores. In the center of the old town, right on the edge of the square, it is rather handy if you want to grab a few bits to take home without having to do 'a shop'. As well as some regional wines and liquors, they sell chocolate, garlic, olive oil, olives, Manchego...more
We have enjoyed this August fiesta for Almunecar's patron saint a few times now. It is incredibly well organised in the usual chilled-out style and fashion of the region. The week long fiesta is usually in the 2nd week of August, (book early if you want a hotel room) and work out where you're going to park. Paid underground parking on seafront is...more
August fiesta and feria in Almunecar is a week long party. There are a variety of events ending in an extremely spectacular firework display at the end of the week (15th Aug). The fireworks are really something else. We have seen many firework displays in Spain, but this has been the best yet.It's all done in typically chilled-out style. You never...more
Like several other Andalucian towns, if you buy a drink in Almunecar bars, you will probably get a free snack. In fact, at all the bars I stopped in the free tapas were really very good indeed. Far better than any other I'd had on my holiday. Around the Plaza de la Constitucion I had a delicious bowl of chickpea stew. And then just around the...more
*Please note - No jellyfish invasion that we could see summers 2009/2010 *
The Med (and apaprently many others seas so I've read) have in recent years had large invasions of jellyfish coming to the shore making a total nuicance of themsleves and interrupting the joy of nipping in for a quick carefree dip (especially at night!)
They say this is due to global warming, pollution of our oceans and over fishing of the fish that eat the jellyfish (tuna and mackerel in particular). Building madness along the costas has ruined the breeding of turtles which are also big jellyfish eaters.
These brainless blobs can't actually swim and float en mass in the winds and tides, so they can be there one day and gone the next. They have always been in existance, but used to stay out in much deeper water - now they come close to the shore as shallow water temperatures rise.
Having experienced a couple of invasions along the Granada coast myself and done plenty of research to back up the locals theory, here is how to treat a sting should you be unfortunate enough to receive one :
Rinse affected area in seawater, NEVER use fresh or bottled water as this enhances the pain.
Ideally apply ALOT of vinegar, I know you don't usually take vinegar to the beach, but I can tell you, savvy locals never go swimming without a small bottle of the stuff in warm countries these days (and often there will be a nearby chiriguito that may give you some)...
Take anti histamine tablets to the beach (easily available over the counter) to ward off and allergic reaction.
If there is a serious allergic reaction call the emergency services immediately.
If (unlikely) there are any tentacles still attached be careful how you remove them (!) flood with vinegar first. (Dismembered tentacles can still sting, as can dead jellyfish).
The stings in the Almunecar region are not usually that bad, a friend's daughter got stung a couple of years back and laughed it off without much fuss and they usually subside within a few hours, but maybe she was 'lucky'. Obviously, if you are diving a wetsuit should protect you.
The local councils are trying their best to reduce the problem with jellyfish lookout and hoover boats, netting and a flag warning system . Apparently, the Chinese are wanting to buy them for food! This year has so far seen invasions in the south of France, the Balearics and elsewhere as pedicted by marine scientists. If these little pests make an arrival while you are in Almunecar, there is always the (seawater) water park until they have moved off.
*Update*- Summer 2009 - My daughter got stung by a jellyfish after doing a handstand in shallow waters, someone had put a jelly fish in a plastic bag and buried it, the handstand dragged it up. So please think carefully if you want to dispose of one. Maybe in a bin away from the shore! the sting left a tell-tale mark, red cross washed it in salt water, dabbed it with vinegar and stuck some light gauze over it (told to keep out of the sun). The ' little rock sta'r wore it like a badge of honour!
Popped into Marina del Este for breakfast on our recent visit. It's kind of classy, a quiet place, with alot of villas and apartments and nice boats bobbing about in a pretty port. There's small beach 'Playa de los Berengueles' which boasts a chiriguito, interesting rocks and a laid back atmosphere. There is also a diving and watersports center and...more
We always visit Salobrena when in the Almunecar area. It has a quirky charm that we always enjoy and has one of our favourite beaches. To the right of the penon (rock) as you are facing the sea, there is a lovely little cove surrounded by sugar cane. It's a pebble beach, but flat pebbles, so you can still lie on them or hire an umbrella and bed....more
Playa de Maro is an unspoiled beach just before you reach Nerja from Almunecar. It's slightly isolated and you reach it by an unmade road. There is a tiny chiriguito and not much else except lovely unspoilt views! A friendly little place, not suitable for those with limited mobility. We like it.more
Almunecar was an extremely pleasant town to wander around on foot. But also very easy to get lost. Even with a basic map I found myself going around in circles. There is a maze of very small, steep lanes which run over the hill between the Castle and Calle Real. Some of them you could just about get a car up. But most you would have problems even...more