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The historic resort of Almunecar located on the Costa Tropical in south Spain is popular with Spanish visitors, but an increasing quantity of other European residents have made this resort their home in recent times. Its history dates from the early 8th century BC when Phoenician traders established a outpost there. At the end of the Roman era, the resort became a Moorish stronghold prior to finally being captured by the Christians in the 15th century.

Almunecar beaches are divided by a large rocky headland known locally as the Penon del Santo. The Playa de San Cristobal, runs west from here, while the Playa Puerta del Mar is found to the east. Near to the Penon del Santo is the Lori Sexi Park which has over one thousand birds, including parrots, water birds and ostriches.

The dominant tourist attraction in Almunecar is the Castillo de San Miguel which stands above the resort. Much of what you see now was constructed after the Christians re-took Almunecar from the Moors in about 1489, although there was a fort here since the Roman era. After the later Peninsular Wars, the fortress fell into disrepair and was even used as a cemetery. It was repaired in the eighties and re-opened to visitors. By the fort is a visitor centre which is home to various relics excavated from the locality. There are more artifacts in the Almunecar Archaeological Museum, including an ancient amphora that is thought to be over 3,500 years old.

Alfareria del Castillo pottery is also in the Castillo complex, producing goods inspired by the local archaeological finds. A short walk from here is the wonderful Majuelo park botanical garden, which contain the biggest display of sub-tropical plants in Europe. In the midle of the park are the ruins of a fish salting workshop dating back to the Phoenician times.

Another important Almunecar attraction is the fine Roman aqueduct, constructed in the 1st century AD, parts of which are in very good condition, including the impressive 200 foot long section with twin tiers of arches, found just outside the resort.

Almunecar nightlife, comes to life in the holiday season, is centred on the Plaza Kelibia and the music bars along the Playa Puerta del Mar. There are many excellent restaurants along the front, like the Restaurante Calabre, which specialises in fresh fish, and the La Galeria, well known for its innovative fare.

About 4 miles (or nearly 7 km) further west of Almunecar is the small town of La Herradura, famed for the seafood restaurants, attractive bay and selection of water sports. The warm winds that rise up into the local hills around the resort mean this area is a favourite for paragliders.

Almunecar bus terminal is located on the Avenida Juan Carlos I, with routes to Almeria, Nerja, Granada, Malaga and closeby La Herradura. The Almunecar tourist office, which will provide local information and maps, is found close to the Parque del Majuelo.
For more vacation advice and travel information about Almunecar please visit Almunecar Costa Tropical, Spain.

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