Museums and monuments in Almuñécar and La Herradura
Almuñécar is a millenary city on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, through its streets and parks you can stroll through its history. Because in every hidden corner of Almuñécar and La Herradura, we can find traces of all the peoples who have left their mark on the oldest city in the Spanish Mediterranean. From the Phoenicians to the Arabs, passing through the Romans, the Carthaginians and a long etcetera in which we can even include the ancient Egypt of the Pharaohs.
That is why Descubre Almuñécar presents the main museums and monuments that you can visit in Almuñécar and La Herradura. Because if you are in or passing through the Costa del Sol Tropical, we recommend that you visit one or more of these museums and monuments:
Cueva de Siete Palacios – Archaeological Museum
This is a museum located in a curious place, being the construction itself a historical place, which houses in its interior remains from the Bronze Age to modern times. It is an underground cavity consisting of a large stone vault, along with seven other smaller ones. It is located on the famous San Miguel hill at the foot of Almuñécar castle.
The Cueva de los Siete Palacios, excavated at the beginning of the 80’s of the 20th century, reflects in summary almost all the cultural moments that took place in the town over the centuries.
Keys to Almuñécar Museum
This is an interpretation centre, in which, with a route based on interactive media, you can have access to all the resources of the city of Almuñécar. With its permanent exhibition we can discover the whole of Almuñécar and La Herradura’s vast past.
Through, among other resources, an impressive interactive model, the most modern audiovisual media, scenographies and also original pieces… we can get closer to all the past times, the changes suffered throughout history, the most ingrained customs and many more surprises that you will discover when you visit it.
The Bonsai Museum
Inaugurated at the end of 2009, with more than 2,000 square metres where you can discover, share, teach and learn all about this millenary Japanese art, as well as presenting a great variety of species from different parts of Europe and Asia, mainly.
San Miguel Castle
On the hill of the same name and crowning the whole city we find this medieval castle which, although it was already used as a defensive fortress by the Phoenicians and Romans, its main influence is Arab. It was the summer residence of the Nasrid dynasty until the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs. Nowadays it is a great historical tourist attraction in the city. For this reason, from Descubre Almuñécar we always recommend a guided visit, so as not to miss any detail of the construction or the incredible views it offers.
Church of La Encarnación
Artists of the stature of Juan de Herrera and Diego de Siloé worked on the design and construction of this church, which was completed in the 17th century. Inside we can find the Visigothic style carving representing the patron saint of Almuñécar, the Virgen de la Antigua.
Majuelo Botanical Park
In the historic centre of the city we find this beautiful park, in which there is a magnificent collection of plants from different parts of the world, which are preserved thanks to the privileged climate of the Costa del Sol Tropical. But also in its interior are the remains of the old salting factory, which made Almuñécar a very important city in ancient times.
Peñón del Santo (Rock of the Saint)
It is a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, which gives a characteristic silhouette to the sunsets from the beach in Almuñécar, crowned by a cross, and at its feet the monument to Abderramán I.
Roman Aqueduct and Thermal Baths
In Almuñécar and La Herradura several sections of the aqueduct built in the 1st century AD by the Roman Empire are preserved and still in use, as well as some thermal baths. These are well worth a visit.