Spain Guide



Almuñecar Beaches

Almuñecar's mild winters and long hot summers mean there's a lively seafront scene throughout the year. In the winter months you can sunbathe here in the morning and be ski ing on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada in the afternoon.

The average winter temperature is 18C and in summer it's about 25C (although the midday maximum can rise to well over 30C in August).

There are 19 kilometres of coastline to enjoy with 26 different beaches long, sandy stretches, rocky coves and small sheltered bays.

Puerta del Mar is the most popular beach, located right in the centre of Almuñecar near the heart of the shopping centre and social scene. The biggest and one of the busiest in the summer is Velilla Beach where the sand is darker and coarser than some of the neighbouring beaches. Velilla is 1,360 metres long but still gets crowded in high season with holidaymakers from the nearby apartment blocks.

To the east of the town you'll find the smaller El Tesorillo one of Almuñecar's most delightful beaches, flanked by rocks and overlooked by an ancient Moorish watch tower. The beach takes its name (which means "hoard of treasure") from the discovery of a collection of gold coins at the water's edge.

There's a beautiful naturist beach, Cantarrijan, at the westernmost edge of Almuñecar at the foot of the cliffs in the Cerro Gordo nature reserve. You reach it by either one of two steep paths leading down from the N340 coastal road. The beach has a mixture of fine and coarse sand and is well served with two restaurants, showers, sun beds and shades.

There are many other small bays and coves, some of which can only be reached by boat or a difficult scramble down the cliff. Curumbico Beach is a particularly pretty cove, reached via a path through the rocks from neighbouring Cabria Beach.

Many of these coves are a favoured haunt of scuba divers who find a wealth of marine life in the crystal clear waters. The diving school at Marina del Este in Herradura organises trips to local dive sites which include the waters off Cantarrijan Beach where there's a maze of small caverns to explore.

If you dare, you can enter the Conger Cavern (so called because the entrance to the cave system is guarded by a large conger eel!) and explore the wrecks of two sunken fishing boats.

The Atlantic Stream brings lots of plankton and other micro life forms to these waters, making this area abundant in a wide variety of sea creatures there are conger and moray eels, swordfish, dolphin, octopus, sailfish and lobster.

The marina is the hub of nautical life here with moorings for 200 boats and a good range of water sports on offer. For the less sporty, there are plenty of quayside bars and restaurants so it's a great place to eat, drink and people watch.

One of the most popular attractions in town is the Aqua Tropic water park at Playa de Velilla where you can enjoy everything from daredevil "kamikaze" rides to gentler water slides and a hot tub. The park is open from June to September and has various bars, restaurants and a disco.

For more traditional entertainment down at the seafront, join in one of the local Spanish fiestas. On June 24th there's the Feast of San Juan when the locals celebrate on the beach and many camp out all night. July 16th sees the Virgen del Carmen procession when an effigy of the patron saint of sailors is carried out to sea followed by a flotilla of small boats.