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Almuñécar

Almuñécar

Plaza Castillo del Mar s/n, Almuñécar, Granada, Spain

The Basics

An ideal coastal day-trip destination from inland Granadá, you can easily experience the best of Almuñécar on foot in one day. Take your pick of the town’s many beaches; stroll through the Old Town; and make time to visit Almuñécar’s top attractions, such as the castle, Church of Incarnation—home to a Visigoth sculpture of the Virgen de la Antigua—and scenic Parque del Majuelo.

Alternatively, visit Almuñécar with ease during a full-day excursion from Granadá and benefit from round-trip transportation and stops at nearby attractions like the Nerja caves, Salobrena, and more—both private and group options are generally available.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Adventurous travelers won’t want to miss Almuñécar, a hub for canoeing, diving, and other water sports; meanwhile, kids will love the waterpark.

  • For the best views over Almuñécar, visit the Peñón del Santo.

  • Almuñécar is known for its abundance of custard apples (chirimoyas)—try this local specialty in an ice cream.

  • Some of Almuñécar’s beaches are nudist friendly.

  • Most locales in Almuñécar shut for a long lunch in the mid-afternoon and are closed entirely on Sundays.

  • Almuñécar is well-connected by public buses, although timetables vary depending on the season—check in advance.

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How to Get There

Situated 56 miles (90 kilometers) south of Granadá and 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Málaga, Almuñécar is easily accessible from both cities, thanks to buses running throughout the day. You can also save the hassle of transport logistics by visiting Almuñécar on a tour that includes round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

Temperate year-round, Almuñécar really comes to life during the summer months when bars and restaurants are busy throughout the day. For a quieter experience, visit in the off-season or stop by midweek—Fridays see the arrival of the town’s weekly market—or get an insight into local life in August, when Almuñécar welcomes the Festival of the Virgin.

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The Costa Tropical

Situated in the province of Andalucia, the Costa Tropical—sometimes known as the Costa Granadina—encompasses several southern Spanish towns and villages, including Almuñécar, Motril, Nerja, and Salobrena. Popular among expats, local visitors, and day-trip travelers alike, perennially warm weather, proximity to Las Alpujarras, and a rich history are among the region’s main attractions.

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