El Tiempo en Almuñecar
ALMUÑÉCAR THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN SPANISH
Because of its SIZE: It’s a small town with 25,000 inhabitants.
It combines history, culture and tradition, the charm of a “white village”,
with attractive, unbeatable tourism; though that tourism is largely Spanish.
Because of its LOCATION: It is situated on the Mediterranean coast of Granada,
surrounded by mountains, within an hour of both Malaga and Granada and
with 3 airports within an hour by car.
Because of its CLIMATE: This excellent location gives it an exceptional subtropical
microclimate, unique within Europe, hence the name TROPICAL COAST.
Meteorologically speaking, Almuñecar has no winter, as the average temperature is
18º and it doesn’t drop below 6ºC.
The summer is long, 4 months, but gentle with maximum temperatures not usually
The temperature of the sea doesn’t drop below 14ºC.
We enjoy many days of sun per year, with an annual average of 321 days.
Because of its GASTRONOMY: Although it is a fishing village, Almuñecar’s economy
is also based on the tropical plantations where custard apples, kiwi fruit, avocados,
medlars, etc. are grown. All of these produce and more can be bought at the local
market, 10 minutes from the school.
Going out to eat and drink form an important part of the Spanish way of life. Here in
Almuñecar there are many family-run restaurants where you can eat fresh, local produce
at a reasonable price. For breakfast, have a coffee with freshly-squeezed orange juice and
some toast with tomato and olive oil. For lunch, order the “menu del dia”, which usually
includes 2 courses and a dessert (salad, “gazpacho”, soups, lentil or chick-pea stew, fried fish,
squid or paella amongst other things). At night, you can enjoy your drinks accompanied by
free tapas, which is an excellent way of sampling the dishes available at the bar.
Because of its BEACHES AND SURROUNDINGS: The coast of Almuñecar has 19km
of beautiful beaches and hidden coves with crystalline waters particularly
recommended for aquatic sports like windsurfing, snorkelling, etc. To discover the
ecosystem of this part of the Mediterranean, a visit to Almuñecar’s Aquarium is a
must, with over 3000 specimens of around 200 different species of fish and
invertebrate sea creatures like octopus, jellyfish, lobster, etc.
As the mountains are so close to the sea, it is also an ideal place for outdoor
activity sports such as paragliding, walking, etc.
Because of its CULTURAL AND LEISURE FACILITIES: There is also room for cultural
tourism, as Almuñecar’s history is marked out by the numerous cultures which
settled here; Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and finally Christians have left their traces
in numerous archaeological remains all over the town and its coast, some of which
canbe visited on our guided tours.
The Arabic Castle of San Miguel stands out over the town and its kilometres of beach.
The Archaeological Museum (Roman Cave of the Seven Palaces) and the “Claves de
Almuñecar” Museum are well worth a visit if you are interested in seeing how the
town has changed through the years.
The Botanical Park “El Majuelo”, situated near to the beach below the castle,
provides the visitor with a shady place to relax and enjoy over 180 types of palm and
species of tropical plants. You will be surprised to find the remains of a Roman
salting factory within it. The park is also used as an open air auditorium for concerts
and festivals: every summer the International Jazz Festival of Almuñecar, one of the
oldest in Europe attracting numerous internationally renowned artists;
Flamenco Festival; etc.
Next to “El Majuelo” Park is the Ornithological Park “Loro Sexi” (Sexi was the
Phoenician name for Almuñecar) housing almost 200
different species from pigeons, doves, parrots and peacocks to ostriches.
The aquatic park “Aquatropic” attracts young people and families to its 18,000m² of
salt water swimming pools and slides and green
Because of its LOCAL FESTIVALS: Almuñecar’s Easter Week has been declared Festival of
National Tourist Interest for Andalucía; the parades through the narrow, hilly streets and alleys
of the historic centre will amaze you.
Almuñecar’s own local festival, to Our Lady of the Assumption, in the week of August 15th, ends with a spectacular firework display.
The night of San Juan is on June 24th; Mediterranean festival par excellence with bonfires burning all night along the sea shore, waiting
for dawn on the shortest night of the year.
The Festival of the mariners celebrates the day of their patron saint, Our Lady of the Carmen, on July 16th.
The Carnival is fun wherever you go in Almuñecar, aimed particularly at the youngest age-group.
COME AND VISIT ALMUÑECAR!