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.
Calle Real Fountain in detail
This no longer functions as a working fountain, but it is interesting to see all of the detail put into it. As you know from the many aqueducts and monuments around town, water was and is a very important part of life in Almuñécar.
The woman on the fountain represents the goddess of fertility, who offers water from her ample breasts signifying abundance. Flanking either side of the goddess of fertility are two lion carvings. When the addition of water outlets were added there was some damage done to these sculptures. The two marble bowls beneath the lions were added at a later date and are more modern.
In the center you will find the Royal Spanish coat of arms at the top, just above the head of the goddess.
Click here for the history of the Spanish coat of arms.
This may be easily found as you walk towards the beach from the town center, Plaza de la Constitución. The walkway will split with a road going up to the right or down to the left. You will want to take the road down to the left and the Calle Real Fountain will be found in the corner on the right hand side. The location of the fountain in relation with other attractions in town, may be located on the Town Map. Alternatively you may view the location on the map below.