The holiday season is upon us and there is so much going on! It is magical to experience (Navidad) Christmas in Almuñécar, La Herradura & the surrounding areas. We also know it can be difficult to find out when and where things are happening, so we compile the information and keep it here for you! If we know the information, it will be in this post and we continue to provide updates through the season.
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We just love the holiday season and there are plenty of Christmas markets to choose from. We have listed those we are aware of in Almuñecar, La Herradura, Motril, Nerja and more. If they looked good, we’ve added them to our list. Let us know if you have one we should add.
You are in for a treat when you visit Cueva del Tesoro (Treasure Cave). We’ve lived here for many years and discovered this little gem ourselves. The unique smooth cave walls and hidden pools make it special.
Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria
According to the tourism board, Cueva del Tesoro is almost one of a kind. It is one of the few marine caves in Europe. It is also unique for a cave, as many of the walls and ceilings are smooth. They have all been worn by the sea to create a site of natural beauty. So much history, archeology and legend come together in one place, Cueva del Tesoro. As you meander through the rooms of Cueva del Tesoro, you will see the remains from the Paleolithic and Bronze Age, in addition to samples of Rock Art. Perhaps, with a bit of luck, you will find the famous treasure that is said to still remain in the cave.
Originally there were 3 caves: El Higuerón, El Suizo, and La Victoria. After renovations, the current Sala de la Virgen was created by joining the Cueva del Suizo (Sala del Lago) and the Cueva del Higuerón. At the end of the 1970s, the most prehistoric section of that junction was preserved by the tourist sector, but today it can be visited next to the Cueva de la Victoria, independently of the Cueva del Tesoro itself.
The Cuevas del Tesoro has the following services:
Guided tours for groups
Information materials in paper format and information channels through the web portal and social networks
I would plan about 45 minutes to an hour for your visit.
Wear comfortable shoes.
An elevator is available, but I recommend walking down and then maybe taking the elevator up.
Explore to the ends of each path to discover the gems. As you go deep into the cave you will notice a change in the temperature and humidity levels. See if you can notice this.
The paths are well-lit and easy to follow.
Hours & Tickets for Cueva del Tesoro
This is a great place to visit for everyone. There are several stairs, which I recommend taking, as you will see artifacts and read about the caves on the way down. There is an elevator available for those who need it to the main room of the cave. The kids will love exploring each and every path and it is extra special when you discover the underground pools. You may visit their website.
Winter (September 16 to June 14)
Morning: 10:00 – 13:00. (everyone out by 14:00) Free visits at 10:00 only Afternoon: 15:00 – 17:00 (everyone out by 18:00)
Summer (June 15 to September 15)
Morning: 10:30 – 13:00 (everyone out by 14:00) Free visits at 10:30 only Afternoon: 16:30 – 19:00 (everyone out by 20:00)
Cuevas del Tesoro offers free visits. Yes! They provide free visits with advanced reservations, for the morning opening time slot (25 ppl max). There is no limit to the number of online reservations per person, so bring a group if you want.
Standard visits are for a nominal fee and you do need reservations. There is a maximum capacity allowed in the caves during a given time period. Reserve Tickets
Cuevas del Tesoro Location
The caves are located in Rincon de la Victoria, just off of the A7 (exit 973).
Fiestas in the streets of Almuñécar & La Herradura during the Cruces de Mayo. With elaborate displays of flowers, crosses, lights, decorations, fiestas, and pop-up bars, in the alleys of the old town in Almuñécar & La Herradura. Be prepared for a few days and nights with displays, food, drink, and a great atmosphere.
WELCOME TO THE FIRST REAL ESTATE TRADE SHOW ON THE TROPICAL COAST
This first edition will offer visitors a range of companies in the real estate, construction and tourism industries, as well as information on urban development projects in the area. It will be a unique opportunity for buyers, sellers and investors to access news and latest updates – under one roof – about the real estate market, as well as to connect with experts and professionals for their next real estate project.
There are more than 30 different local companies participating. Come visit them, ask your questions, see what is planned. You will see real estate agents, language schools, internet providers, construction, renovation and reform companies, home designers, lawyers, co working spaces, and more! It is a great way to make connections with the local business owners, meet new people, and connect with the community.
10:00 Inauguration and visit to stands. Public access free of charge.
11:00 Almuñécar and La Herradura Projects: 5 star Hotel in La Herradura, Underwater Park and New Marina in Playa Velilla, Almuñécar.
12:00 Drinks & Tapas with visit to the stands.
13:00 Evolution of traditional Mediterranean architecture by Michel Dupey, Les Rivages manager.
15:00 Announcing the winners for the Tourism Experience Packages for two people among registered attendees on the website for Paragliding, Scuba Diving and Tasting Menu.
This is our first year and there is excitement all around. There will be a raffle for three tourist experiences among the attendees to the First Costa Tropical Real Estate Trade Fair Show. You may register for the raffle in advance online and you will automatically be entered into the drawing that will be held live at the end of the fair trade show. Win prizes like diving for two, tandem flights, dinner for two and more. Register here https://tuhogarenlacostatropical.com/index-en.html
Tradition, processions, remembrance, commemoration, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, candles, floats, a variety of costumes and more, are all part of what you will experience during AlmuñécarSemana Santa (Holy Week)! This usually spans over 8 days, with multiple processions through town during the day or night. Keep reading to see what will be happening this year.
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The Almuñécar City Council pays homage to the espetero and the espetos with a Monument next to the Paseo de San Cristóbal.
An Espetero is a traditional coastal job related to the roasting of fish in espeto (on skewers).
About the Monument to the Espetero & Espetos
The Almuñécar City Council pays homage to the espetero and the espetos with a Monument along the Paseo de San Cristóbal. Located next to Restaurante Botos, across from Helios Hotel. Honored at the unveiling were locals of the trade; Manuel Mingorance Pérez “Piliki”, Miguel Rodríguez Moral “El Roquetero” and José Manuel Ortuño “El Arapo”, as well as Carmelo Martín Pérez.
The city council would like to recognize so many men from our town who are authentic artisans of flavor, espetar, control fire, and, ultimately, artisans of the ritual of making a good sardine skewer. This monument is in honor of the traditions of our parents and the children who will do so in the future. It’s things like this that will continue to enhance the Almuñécar culture even more. It is already an excellent photo hotspot.
The work, carried out by the Moreno Brothers of Granada and will serve to honor the memory of many people dedicated to this job. Which is a tradition of the chiringuitos. It was made with a mixed technique: forged and welded sheet metal and cast bronze (head, foot, hands, and sardines).
This is the 9th piece of work by Miguel Moreno commissioned in Almuñécar and La Herradura. The other monuments have been displayed in various parts of the municipality since 1984. You will recognize the monument to Los Fenicios (Paseo del Altillo). Abderramán Monument (next to the Peñones del Santo). Seahorse (Aquarium Square). Monument to the Men of the Countryside (Carrera de la Concepción). Water Monument (Water Square). Monument to the flamenco singer, Rafael Muñoz “El Niño del Cerval” (Alta del Mar street). Monument to the Men of the Sea and the Heart, on La Herradura beach.