Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com
An informational post to help you remain aware of scams, pickpockets, and things to look out for. First of all, we feel this is a very safe area to live and rarely hear of any crime. However, every once in a while we do hear of something and thought we would share the information with you. Scammers are everywhere in cities big and small, so we hope this helps to keep you informed and to be on the lookout for these things.
Social distancing, Keep Calm, and Wash your hands. It is recommended everyone participate in the steps to avoid getting and/or transferring the virus. The numbers have been aggressive in Andalucia and especially the province of Granada.
If you are planning to arrive in Spain from another country, you will need to complete this form prior to travel. If you are from a high risk country with Covid, you will also need a negative covid test from the last 72 hours. More details below. Current covid numbers per municipality in Andalucía.
Sometimes a good film in English is just what you are craving. Not to worry, during the off season we have movies in Almuñécar, show in original voice format (usually English). We will cover the seasonal movies shown in English. We will also provide you with a link to more information about the Salobreña movies in English and cinemas located in Granada and Málaga provinces, which show films in English as well.
The COVID vaccine for expats in Spain is a hot topic right now. We all see the vaccination rollout going on and want to know how we will fit into the picture? How will Spain know about me when I am not listed with the public healthcare system? I have private health insurance, how do I get the vaccine?
Foreigners with residency in Spain can be on the list for the COVID vaccination.
For some of our readers in the campo or in parts of La Herradura, Nerja is just as easy to access as Almuñécar. We are regularly asked for information about getting a PCR test in Nerja and general questions about where to find a doctor in Nerja who speaks English. We will share the information we know about the coronavirus test and the Nerja Medical Center.
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. For 2021, it will again be a little different from the normal week. Keep reading to see what will be happening in 2021.
There are several options for Parking in Almuñécar. Some of the options have a time limit, while others are more worry free. You must be aware of the different seasons, dates and hours for the “On street pay parking“, as it can be a bit confusing.
When parking along the street in town you will notice various colored dashes along the road. There are signs posted along the way which explain what these colors mean, but you need to get out of your car to read the signs.Continue reading
In the middle of March we are always in for a treat with the La Herradura Feria and Fiestas de San José! This is the place to be in order to celebrate San José, Father’s Day, the coming of Spring, and all people named José. Be prepared for a few days and nights with activities, events, food, drink and parties.
La Herradura will not celebrate its patron saint festivities again, for the second consecutive year. due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19. However, “as a tribute” the Mayor’s Office of La Herradura has organized some activities. There will not be a feria or group gatherings.
Large numbers of jellyfish (Medusas in Spanish) have been a problem from time to time in some Mediterranean beaches during recent years. They tend to arrive in large groups once or twice a season and you need to be prepared in case of a jellyfish sting. On popular beaches a red flag will fly if there are many jellyfish present.