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Travelling to Almuñécar, a destination full of surprises

Almuñécar is an ancient city with a long history, and the oldest city in the Spanish Mediterranean, which is also sheltered from the north winds by several mountain ranges, and thanks to its location between the sea and the mountains has a privileged microclimate during the twelve months of the year. And to the west of Almuñécar we find another small paradise, La Herradura.

In both we can discover beaches for all tastes, from the most urban with all the luxuries and comforts, to the wildest and most naturist, all in just over 19 kilometres of coastline.

From Discover Almuñécar we invite you to visit Almuñécar and La Herradura, to discover all its attractions, such as its gastronomy, based on fresh and local products such as fish from the coast, fresh vegetables and tropical fruits, with which delicious typical dishes are prepared: such as prawn salad with mango, baked chicken with avocado leaves, semolina breadcrumbs, and of course fried fish, grilled seafood, and a very long etcetera…

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Another of the great attractions of Almuñécar and La Herradura is its millenary history that we can get to know thanks to its monuments, museums and strolling through its streets and parks that have witnessed the passage of all the cultures of the Mediterranean, from the Phoenicians and Egyptians, to the Romans, Carthaginians and Muslims.

But neither should we forget that Almuñécar is a sun and beach destination, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and with a privileged climate that allows you to enjoy the beach almost all year round, not only in July and August, when we can find more tourists and visitors.

And after a good day at the beach, there is nothing better than enjoying your evenings on a good terrace and then continuing the party in the pub area, where there are pubs for all tastes and colours, and for all ages.

And although sun and beach destinations can be found in many places, Almuñécar offers something totally surprising and unique in the whole of Europe, and possibly nowhere else in the world like it. That is why we insist that you must visit and get to know both Almuñécar and La Herradura, because only in Almuñécar, in the same day you can be skiing in the snow in the morning in a first class ski resort, home of the World Alpine Skiing Championships in 1996, and also bathe in a paradisiacal beach just before lunch, it seems impossible, right?

Well, it is not, because very close to Almuñécar, in just over half an hour by car you can reach the ski resort of Sierra Nevada, but there is even more, and it turns out that in La Herradura there is a series of unique seabeds in Europe, thanks to its rocky bottoms where unique plants grow (such as Posidonia) and other species of aquatic animals, which attract every year the best divers.

This has led to a long tradition of scuba diving in the whole area, from La Herradura to Almuñécar, passing through Punta de la Mona. Here we find a large number of diving clubs, companies and diving schools offering diving courses in the whole area, with PADI dive, PADI diving, scuba diving, baptisms and underwater trips.

Where else in the world is this possible, to glide down an alpine ski slope, surrounded by snow, and a few minutes later find yourself submerged exploring the seabed in a subtropical paradise, only in Almuñécar and La Herradura.

Visit Almuñécar and La Herradura in the heart of the Costa del Sol Tropical (Almuñécar also belonged to the Costa del Sol until the 80’s of the 20th century), and discover all this and many more surprises that await you in this paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Points of interest about Almuñécar


playas de almuñecar

Decide which of the incredible beaches of Almuñécar you want to go to and check the characteristics of each one.


gastronomia almuñecar

Get to know in depth the typical dishes of Almuñécar, its typical ingredients and the best places where you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat.


cultura almuñecar

Accompany the sun and good tapas with a large helping of culture. From flamenco art to theatre and cinema, everything and more in the city.


ocio en almuñecar

Spend a great time enjoying the leisure activities available in Almuñécar, discover its parks and current entertainment.

Aquatic activities

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Immerse yourself in the aquatic life activities that you will find in the city, have fun underwater in the company of professionals.

Night life

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Good music, drinks and beach bars in the city of Almuñécar. Discover the best cocktail bars in town and have a good time with friends.

As we have already mentioned, just over half an hour’s drive from Almuñécar, we find the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, where we can discover the roof of the Iberian Peninsula (Mulhacén at 3,479 metres above sea level), with a series of peaks over 3,000 metres high. After the Alps, it is the highest mountain massif in Europe.

Moreover, since 1986 it has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and three years later it was declared a Natural Park and in 1999 a National Park. Also on the slopes of Pico Veleta (3,396 metres above sea level) is the most southerly ski resort in Europe.

In addition to skiing for almost six months of the year for both professionals and amateurs, in this Natural Park you can enjoy hundreds of nature activities throughout the year, such as:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Studying its biodiversity
  • Many car brands test their vehicle prototypes here.
  • It is a common mountain pass on the route of the Tour of Spain and the Tour of Andalusia;

It is also the place chosen by many elite and international athletes to train for the Olympics and other international sporting events in its High Performance Centre (CAR de Sierra Nevada), since its facilities have a total of 22,000 square meters, we find among others an impressive 50m Olympic swimming pool, an outdoor athletics track of 400m, the indoor athletics module, and various multipurpose pavilions; there are hundreds of hiking trails of all levels, with stunning views and landscapes; climbing…

Within the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, there is also the famous region of the Alpujarra, which is a historic region that straddles the provinces of Granada and Almeria, and includes the foothills of the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, as well as the sierras of Lújar, La Contraviesa and Gádor.

The various villages and small towns that make up this comarca lie between a series of valleys and ravines that run down the southern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, their main axis being the great valley of the river Guadalfeo on its way to the Mediterranean Sea on the Granada side, and the river Andarax on the Almería side of the province.

The region is well known for its enormous scenic beauty, its history including the Moorish rebellion of the 16th century, its mineral waters and spas (the village of Lanjarón is famous for its water and its population is one of the longest-lived in Europe due to the mineral water of its springs).

We can say that the Alpujarra is one of the corners with a special charm of Andalusia, for its high altitude landscapes, its curious history, its gastronomy, from Discover Almuñécar we invite you to taste the famous “plato alpujarreño”, and the hams of Trevélez, famous worldwide.

In addition, its valleys and hillsides, where we can easily see mountain goats and other animals, are very fertile but difficult to access for modern machinery, so it has managed to maintain the charm of the farming techniques of yesteryear.

A little further north, about 45 minutes drive from Almuñécar is the city of Granada, capital of the province to which Almuñécar and La Herradura belong, a city that needs no introduction, as it is home to Spain’s most famous and most visited monument, the Alhambra.

But in Granada there is not only the Alhambra, since in front of this imposing medieval citadel, we find the neighbourhoods of the Albaicín which is a World Heritage Site since 1984, and the Sacromonte neighbourhood which is one of the places where it is presumed that Flamenco was born, and where we find the famous Abadía del Sacromonte, with its catacombs and raised in because there is where they found the relics of the bones of San Cecilio (disciple of the apostle Santiago), patron saint of the city; and the third historic quarter of the city, the old Jewish quarter, the Realejo.

Not forgetting the historic centre of the city and its cathedral, where you can visit the crypt of the Catholic Monarchs (Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile), their daughter Juana la Loca and her husband Felipe el Hermoso, buried in the Royal Chapel at the express wish of the Queen.

But Granada is not only about history, as it is also the seat of one of the most prestigious and traditional universities in Europe, which is why it is a lively city always full of university students, with the first buildings that were built in the 16th century by order of Charles V to house his great University, to which students from all over Spain and part of Europe flock every year, still in use.

And on the other hand, the Parque de las Ciencias, which is an interactive museum of all fields of science.

For all this, and many more attractions that you can discover, don’t forget to visit and get to know Almuñécar: the Sierra Nevada Nature Reserve, the Alpujarra region, or the city of Granada. Because all this is within reach if you spend a few days in Almuñécar or La Herradura.