Holidaymakers flock to the coastal village of Almuñécar. It, along with the neighboring town of La Herradura, makes up the hotspots of this Mediterranean, beachside swath of land called the Costa Tropical. Visitors are lured here by the town’s attractive old town, which is topped by a 16th-century castle, and of course because of the sandy shoreline – all 19 kilometers of it.
Anchored in several thousands of years of history – spanning occupation by the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Christians -- Almuñécar has other attractions that make it especially appealing. Kids will love the Loro Sexi Bird Park (filled with some 1,500 birds of 120 species), and history buffs will delight in the archaeological museum as well as the remains of a Roman aqueduct. And those who like a little nature won’t want to miss a stroll through the lush flora found in the Parque del Majuelo, ensconced just below the seaside castle.
The beach of course has its appeal, boasting a palm-tree-lined promenade, and amenities galore. And foodies will relish in savoring a local and fresh cuisine of fish like monkfish, squid, and fruit such as mangos and avocados.
Almuñecar has a prime location, situated between other popular coastal destinations Nerja and Motril, and it’s just a quick drive away from the town of Granada.