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The town of Almuñecar is located in the Spanish region of Andalucia on the Costa Tropical. This is the tourist capital of the Costa which takes its name from the sub tropical microclimate which exists here. The area enjoys more than 320 days of a sunshine a year with short mild winters and long hot summers.

Almuñecar is one of the most natural Spanish resorts on the southern coast, having escaped the concrete developments which predominate further west on the Costa del Sol. It's a favoured holiday haunt of the Spanish from Granada and is becoming increasingly popular with foreign visitors. The resort provides excellent leisure facilities but has not been tainted by the trappings of mass tourism.

The town's location 75 kilometres east of Málaga International Airport and just 40 minutes drive from the historic city of Granada makes it both easily accessible and ideally placed for exploring one of the most fascinating regions of Spain.

Almuñecar's rich past stretches back more than 3,000 years the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors have all held sway here and left their various legacies in the form of ruins, monuments and important archaeological finds.

The town's old quarter is a charming maze of narrow, cobbled streets crowned by the remains of the Moorish castle of San Miguel. Its delightful street markets reflect the lushness of the surrounding plains with stalls laden with mangoes, avocadoes, lychees and the local "chirimoyo" custard apples.

The coastline stretches for 19 kilometres with no less than 26 different beaches which include wide expanses of and,sheltered coves and small rocky bays only accessible by steep tracks.

There's a bustling marina to the west of the town at Herradura with a wealth of watersports and moorings for 227 boats.

Both Herradura and the main town of Almuñecar are well served with traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants as well as international cuisine to satisfy an ever increasing number of expatriate residents and foreign visitors.

Summer nights here are lively with bars and clubs staying open until the small hours and there's a good range of leisure activities available by day. Almuñecar has its own water park, botanical gardens and ornithological park. Sports available locally include golf, tennis, horse riding, rock climbing, paragliding and diving.

Granada is just 75 kilometres away with its fabulous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens. Drive for an hour and a half and you'll be in Europe's most southerly ski resort Sol y Nieve in the peaks of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range. Head south of the Sierra and you'll find yourself in the Alpujarras, one of the most spectacular mountainous regions of Spain.