When visiting Almuñécar, it is almost impossible not to notice the Blas Infante Arches (Puerta de Almuñécar). As you pass by on the N340, you will see the Blas Intante Arches stand out amidst all of the tall trees. This is a great meeting point in town, as it is easy to find.
Blas Infante Arches Monument
These cream colored arches were built to commemorate Blas Infante Pérez de Vargas. He is considered by many as the father of Andalucia nationalism and autonomy. Blas Intante was born in Casares (Malaga) in 1885 and was a politician, writer, historian and musicologist. He was among numerous political figures who were executed by Franco‘s forces when they took over Seville at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, in 1936. As he was both a regional autonomist and a kind of libertarian socialist, he twice “merited” inclusion on their liquidation list.
This monument is divided into three small arches, representing the three cultures that have had the biggest impact on the area and Almuñécar. These are the Muslims, the Romans, and the Christians. These 20th century doors to Almuñécar were built in 1997 and are a monument to Blas Infante. The inscription reads “Almuñécar- Tierra de Luz, Paz Y Esperanza” (Almuñécar- Land of Light, Peace and Hope). The arches are also known as the Puerta de Almuñécar.
The Blas Infante Arches are located at the west end of the Almuñécar fairgrounds. The annual Feria (Fair) is here for 1 week in the middle of August. This is also where the Friday Market is held each week from 9am – 2pm. In addition, on Sunday mornings, you will see locals selling their second-hand goods. All other times of the year, this is a wonderful spot for free parking in Almuñécar. It is just 1 block from the central bus station and just a few minutes walk to the town center.