El Majuelo Park and Botanical Garden

Almuñécar El Majuelo Park and Botanical Garden, plus roman ruins

El Majuelo Park & Botanical Garden

El Majuelo Park and botanical garden is full of amazing plants, sculptures, and paths to meander.   You will also find authentic artisan workshops where you may see the artists work and purchase goods.  In addition, the view of the historic Phoenician and Roman Fish-Salting Factory and Castle are the best.  The Pièce de résistance are the wide variety of botanical plants within this park.  Often events are held in the botanical garden.Continue reading

Castillo de San Miguel – San Miguel Castle

San Miguel Castle Almunecar Spain

San Miguel Castle (St. Michael’s Castle) is perched high upon the hill above the Old Town of Almuñécar.  It is surrounded by the whitewashed houses in the barrio of San Miguel.  This occupies the land once used by Phoenicians and Romans.   It was also used in the Nasrid period for the dungeon.  While not a huge castle, it is in very good condition.  Inside there is a small museum with a scale model of what the area once was.

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Calle Real Fountain – Almuñécar

As you meander the pedestrian streets of old town Almuñécar, you are bound to happen upon the Calle Real Fountain.  This fountain was originally built in 1559, with remnants of the Roman aqueduct encased in glass beside the fountain.  It 1994, the Calle Real Fountain was restored to its current state.  

Almunecar Old Town Calle Real Fountain

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Roman Aqueduct and Roman Baths

The Roman Aqueduct runs from Almuñécar to the north of Torrecuevas, between the Rio Verde and Rio Seco.  It is believed to have been built in the first century AD, coinciding with the construction of the main Roman monuments in the city. 
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Almuñécar Monument to Phoenicians

The monument to Phoenicians is located along the upper level of the Paseo del Altillo.  This is a tribute to the Phoenician culture and its contribution to the history of Almuñécar.  It was built after the Phoenician Necropolis was unearthed nearby and their ancient mysteries discovered.  

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Monument to Shipwrecked Sailors

As you enter the town of La Herradura, you will notice a large bronze sculpture along the beach.  This is the Monument to Shipwrecked Sailors.   The deep bay of La Herradura hides the remains of 25 ships of the Spanish Navy, and more than five thousand sailors.  The La Herradura naval disaster occurred on October 19, 1562, due to a very large storm.

Monument to Shipwrecked Sailors La Herradura Spain

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Almuñécar Monument to Water

The monument to water is one of the many monuments you will find around town.  This one in particular is very interesting to look at.  These are really three separate statues; three bronze torsos (one male and two females) leaping over fountains of water.  Because the artist created without heads or complete bodies, some think they are a work in progress, but we assure you they are complete.

Monument to Water, Main Bus Station

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Archaeological Museum Cueva de Siete Palacios

The Archaeological Museum Cueva de Siete Palacios, also known as the Cave of 7 Palaces, is surprisingly not located within a cave.  Instead it represents the largest section of the former Roman Palace.  The museum is located in what was once the basement of this Roman Palace.  Inside, there are remains of the historic past of Almuñécar.  Including remains found at the necropolis of Puente de Noy, Laurita, and the fish salting factory of El Majuelo.

San Miguel Castle and Arc Museum Almunecar

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The Phoenician Necropolis of Puente de Noy

The Phoenician Necropolis is located just off of Calle el Tesoro, behind IES Antigua Sexi, perched above the town.  As you approach the site, on Calle el Tesoro, look to the right for spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, the town, as well as the chirimoya farm below.

Phoenician Necropolis of Puente de Noy (Phoenician tombs) Almunecar

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Old Spanish Sugar Mill & Spanish Rum Yum!

This is a good 1/2 day activity from Almuñécar and you are in for a sweet treat, while you experience the sugarcane past of Motril.  You will experience an old Spanish sugar mill, take a tour of a rum distillery and taste some Spanish rum.  Let’s talk sugar (Azucar).

 

Old Spanish Sugar Mill & Spanish Rum Yum!
Duration:    ~3 hours
Route:
Your day will begin with a step back in time at Motril’s pre-industrial sugar museum, followed by a tour of the Ron Montero Rum Distillery with rum tasting.
Distance:    20km from Almuñécar
Departure:  Recommended departure from Almuñécar 10:30 – 11:00 am

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