The Top 10 Things to See And Do in Almuñécar, Granada

Almuñécar, Granada; Encar Novillo
Almuñécar, Granada; Encar Novillo
Mark Nayler

Though often overlooked in favour of nearby Nerja, the charming ex-fishing village of Almuñécar, on Granada’s coastline, is perfect for a day’s sightseeing or chiringuito-hopping. Situated on the ‘Tropical Coast’ just an hour’s drive south of Granada itself, Almuñécar is not just about the beach, though: read on for the 10 best attractions in this little-known, yet beautiful town.

Old Town

Lee rather uncharitably wrote in 1952 that Almuñécar’s Old Town, which extends up a steep hill away from the ocean, was “grey, almost gloomily Welsh”. If that was true back in the early 1950s, then this neighbourhood has obviously been spruced-up since: today, it is a charming and colourful quarter of steep lanes and whitewashed houses, many of which are decorated with geraniums and jasmine. Friendly locals sit outside their houses and exchange gossip as cats, dogs and children play around their feet – as much a defining scene of Spanish street life now as it was over half a century ago. It’s a bit of a climb to the top, so make sure you have a bottle of water with you – but the views out over the bay are well worth the effort.

Monument to Laurie Lee in Almuñécar. Lee said it was “indelicate” to say what it resembled; Encar Novillo

Beach Bars

On the western flank of Playa Costa Tropical are Paseo del Alitillo and Paseo de la Calatilla, two lively promenades lined with chiringuitos catering for every taste. Some are the kind of places you’d expect to find on Marbella’s blingtastic Nikki beach (think white leather sofas and nightclub-style interiors), while others favour a more rustic, hippy style (think wicker awnings, sandy floors and the faint but distinct aroma of weed). There is a charming, alternative ambience to the beach-bar scene in Almuñécar that distinguishes it at once from the tourist magnets along the Málaga coastline. Friendly service and excellent seafood-tapas make these sea-front promenades perfect for a lazy afternoon in this lovely ex-fishing village.

Paseo del Altillo, Almuñécar, Spain

Paseo de la Calatilla, Almuñécar, Spain

Brilliant blue waters of the Playa Costa Tropical, Almuñécar’s main beach; Encar Novillo

1. Aquatropic Park


It might not promise an authentic Andalusian experience, but the aquatic theme park located just along the coast from Almunecar’s main beach is great fun. The only salt water aqua park in Spain, Aquatropic’s rides, slides and attractions will entertain adults as well as kids for hours. Water park classics such as the Zig Zag, Kamikaze and Wave Pools are on offer alongside amusements with rather more tantilising names: Black Hole or Whirlwind, anyone? When you need a break from the water-themed larking about, there are plenty of places to head to refreshment, including a self service restaurant and bar and a waffle kiosk.

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