Almuñécar Ruta de la Tapa March 6 – 14, 2020

Head out on the Almuñécar Ruta de la Tapa and get your tapas passport stamped!  You are in for wonderful treats and special tapas made for this event each Spring.  Each year the tapas and restaurants change, so keep coming back!

Get your tapas passport stamped and head out on the Almuñécar Ruta de la Tapa!  Each spring you can expect wonderful tapas and a fun experience. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

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Fiestas de San José La Herradura Feria, March 18-22, 2020

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.

Fiestas San Jose Suspended. due to coronavirus.

 

Las Fiestas Patronales de San José, Every March it's the La Herradura Feria and Fiestas de San José (Patron Saint) ! A few days of fun with activities, rides, events, food, drink & parties. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

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Casillas de Peones Camineros Almuñécar

You can spend years living in an area, and pass by interesting historical sites, and not even know it.  This post will cover the Casillas de Peones Camineros (Road Workers’ House) in Almuñécar, but you can find them all over Spain.  It’s easy to overlook not only the building, but the role it played in keeping Almuñécar connected to the rest of Spain.

You can pass by interesting historical sites in Spain without even knowing it.  The Casillas de Peones Camineros (Road Workers' House) in Spain. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

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A Day Trip To Vélez de Benaudalla from Almuñécar

Take a day trip to Vélez de Benaudalla from Almuñécar and the Costa Tropical.  Discover an amazing canyon, nature walks, a castle, a Nasrid garden, & a dam!  It is the perfect place to get out and explore beyond Almuñécar for the day!  There are neat little hidden gems to see and we’ve created a route for you to follow.  You just choose what is of interest to you and stop along the way.

Take a day trip to Vélez de Benaudalla from Almuñécar and the Costa Tropical.  Discover an amazing canyon, nature walks, a castle, a Nasrid garden, & a dam!  It is the perfect place to get out and explore beyond Almuñécar for the day!  Read more on Almunecarinfo.comContinue reading

Volunteer Opportunities Almuñecar, La Herradura, Motril

Why volunteer?  It is a great chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people around you.  It can also be an opportunity to develop new skills, create new relationships.  Choose to volunteer with schools, environment, animals and more.  Here are some volunteer opportunities in La Herradura, Almuñecar & Costa Tropical.  It is also a fun way to interact with the locals and meet new people.

Choose to volunteer with schools, environment, animals and more. Here are some volunteer opportunities in La Herradura, Almuñecar & Costa Tropical. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Speak English At Local Schools

Some of the local schools appreciate volunteers who speak English to assist teachers for certain class periods.  These opportunities are during the school year from September through June and can be 1 hour a week or as often as you like. 

Day of Languages at IES Al-Ándalus

In addition, each spring there is a “Day of Languages” at IES AlÁndalus.  This includes activities in different languages, especially in English.  They also include Braille and Sign Language, to show the students diversity and bridge communication.  Each year they need as many volunteers as possible for this event and are looking for any languages (English and French are most desired).  You may talk about whatever you think is interesting for teens.  It could be a talk, a workshop, a powerpoint presentation or any activity, as long as it is in English/French. More info from IES AlÁndalus secondary school contact here.

All volunteers working with minors are required to obtain a Certificate of Sexual Offences (Certificado de delito sexual).


Local beach cleanup days are a great way to give back to the community and make our La Herradura & Almuñécar beaches nicer!  

Playa Patrol – Beach Clean Up

Living on the sea means that we are even more aware of the harm that single-use plastic (drinking straws, water bottles, snack bags, juice boxes), cigarette butts, and lost fishing gear have on our little slice of paradise.  Why not join us at a monthly beach cleanup? Bring the family and get involved in keeping our sea plastic free.

Valle Verde Animal Rescue

Valle Verde Animal Rescue

It is understood everyone can’t make regular financial donations or offer a home for foster or adoption.  That said you can volunteer, please don’t underestimate the power of just a little help.


wetlands and wildlife

Wetlands of Motril – Charca de Suárez

Enjoy a day ou bird watching at Charca de Suárez in Motril.  This is the most important wetland on the coast of Granada, with over 160 species of birds, as well as wildlife and numerous plants and vegetation.  This 15.6 hectares environmental site has plans to double in the future, which is critical for the endangered bird species in the area and their survival.  This is the ideal refuge for many species in addition to a strategic location for migration.


Amigos Del Mar Association (Friends of the sea) La Herradura Spain Festival del Mar / Festival of the sea

Amigos Del Mar

Amigos Del Mar Association is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in the Costa Tropical.  Their main objective is to promote marine awareness through edu-tainment and work with the authorities to achieve real protection of the protected coastline areas.  They also organize and run the Sea Festival in La Herradura.  This is an annual event to celebrate the sea and show our gratitude towards the marine environment.  Volunteers are appreciated year-round and for the festival, so please make contact if you would like to get involved.

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Almuñécar Costa Tropical

Read our Almunecar Spain Guide and what it has to offer you as a tourist or a resident.  Come to the Costa Tropical!

Click here for Almuñécar holidays, ferias, fiestas, and festivals.

Some facts all about Almuñécar Spain A-Z, Let’s Learn A Little & Enjoy Almunecar.

El Tiempo en Almuñécar (The Weather in Almuñécar)

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Que ver en Almuñecar/ What to do in Almuñecar

Looking for things to do or what to see in town?  We have so many options for you, find out more! Things to do in Almunecar Spain. From Almunecar Beaches, to castles there is so much to see and do. Including local activities, day trips, outdoors, Almunecar beaches and more. Read more on www.AlmunecarInfo.com

 

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La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival 2020

Costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food & drink.

This is what you will experience when you celebrate La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival!  The parades begin at one location and end at the party event locations. This year the party locations are at Plaza Kuwait in Almuñécar and at the Plaza de la Independencia in La Herradura.  Keep on reading for detailed events and locations.

La Herradura and Almuñécar Carnival Costumes, masquerade, parades, singing, dancing, music, activities, food and drink.  This is what you will experience when you celebrate La Herradura & Almuñécar Carnival! Read more at Almunecarinfo.com

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2020 Calendar La Herradura & Almuñécar Holidays, Ferias & Fiestas

The 2020 Holiday calendar below provides you with the days and dates for La Herradura and Almuñécar public holidays (local & national), ferias, fiestas and additional public school days off.

La Herrradura Almuñécar Holidays, Festivals, Ferias. Festivals of Almuñécar & La Herradura, plus annual calendar. A calendar with the dates for La Herradura and Almuñécar holidays (local & national), ferias, fiestas and additional public school days off. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

 

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Wetlands of Motril – Bird Watching at Charca de Suárez

Enjoy a day out bird watching at Charca de Suárez in Motril.  This is the most important wetland on the coast of Granada, with over 160 species of birds, as well as wildlife and numerous plants and vegetation.  This 15.6 hectares (almost 40 acres) environmental site has plans to double in the future, which is critical for the endangered bird species in the area and their survival.  This is the ideal refuge for many species in addition to a strategic location for migration.

Enjoy a day ou bird watching at Charca de Suárez in Motril. This is the most important wetland on the coast of Granada, with birds, wildlife, & vegetation. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

 

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Rainy Day & Indoor Activities – Almuñécar & La Herrada

Indoor Things To Do & Rainy Day Activities

While there is plenty of sunshine in southern Spain, it isn’t every day!  Yes, there are still a good 30 – 50 days a year where we will have rain, clouds, high winds and more acts of Mother Nature!  We share with you some suggested indoor activities when the weather acts up or if the sun is just too much for you!  Many of these options are local, with some in Granada, Malaga, or nearby locations.  We will mention plenty of indoor things to do for the kids to do, as well a few indoor activities just for the adults. By the way you don’t need to be a kid to have a blast, so join in on the fun.  Here is a rough guide to the weather in Almunecar.

While there is plenty of sunshine in Spain it's not every day! Here are indoor activities, perfect for the rainy day or if the sun is just too much for you! Read more on Almunecarinfo.com


Old Spanish sugar mill - Motril's Pre Industrial Sugar Museum Motril - Azucar

Costa Tropical Old Spanish Sugar Mill

This is a good 1/2 day activity from Almuñécar and you are in for a sweet treat, all about sugar in Spanish.  Just a little to the east within Costa Tropical,  you can experience the sugarcane past of Motril.  You will experience an old Spanish sugar mill, take a tour of a rum distillery and for the adults, taste some Spanish rum.  Let’s talk sugar (Azucar).


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. Ticket included with Castillo de San Miguel entry. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

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.


Granada Science Park

Granada Science Park

The Granada Science Park is huge and a wonderful science center and museum, one of the best indoor activities.  It is just a 1 hour drive from the coast and is located just off of the highway, parking is available as well.  It is one of the most visited museums in Andalusia and a perfect option for one of those bad weather days.  The activities and exhibits are fun for people of all ages, so even if you don’t have kids it’s worth a visit.  Read more about the Granada Science Park.


Almunecar Aquarium street view Plaza Kuwait

Spotting sea life at the Aquarium

This is one of the easiest indoor activities, hidden gem is literally hidden below Plaza Kuwait, just behind the Municipal Market. The entrance is on the side with a walkway bringing you on a great journey under the sea.  It presents marine wildlife from both the Mediterranean Sea and more distant oceans. You will be in for a treat with the “shark-tunnel”, which gives a great and up-close view of these amazing creatures.  Read more about Acuario Almuñécar here.


Explore the nerja caves, just 25 min from Almunecar. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Go underground at the Nerja Caves

Technically this isn’t in town, but it is great fun for the kids!  There are a series of huge beautifully lit caverns stretching for almost five kilometres and boasts the world’s largest stalagmite.  Now that’s something to tell the other kids about when they get back to school!  Not all of the caves are open to the public, so you won’t need to walk the 5 km, but do be prepared for navigating some stairs.  Check out Wagoners Abroad tips for exploring the Nerja Caves.


Jumping Parks Granada and Malaga

Jumping Parks!

Jumping parks! Let the kids run wild and Jump on trampolines in Granada!

This one is open in Malaga jump zone.


parque infantil Bolaventua play center and children's birthday parties. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Hopping around the Children’s Play Center Almuñécar

Parque Infantil Bolaventura is perfect for the young kids in the family, to play or have their birthday party!  They are located along Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera in Edificio Mediterraneo S/N.  If you would like their contact info or prices for birthday parties, check our directory listing for more information.


olives and olive oil

Museum of Olive Oil – Vélez de Benaudalla

This is a great educational and fun activity for everyone!  All of your senses will be dazzled with the amazing selection of olive oils in Andalucia. Learn about the production of oil, wine and cheese!  There is a tasting tour too!  They show off and sell some of the bes products of Andalucia.  The museum is on the old road to Granada in Vélez de Benaudalla and is about a 20 minute drive from Almunecar.  You can stop and see some of the villages along the way.


Bowling Alcazar and arcade. Located at the Best Alcazar Hotel on Punta de la Mona La Herradura. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Adrenaline at the Arcades!

If playing video games is your thing, there are a few places around town with some games.  None of them are huge, but you can still have a good time.  The locations are in the lobby of Hotel Playa Senator, at the New Royal Pool, Hotel Best Alcazar in bowling alley.  During the summer months, you will find pool tables, foosball and other games at Aqua Tropic water park.  There may be a few more random machines around town, but these offer the most.


Mercado Municipal - Municipal Market in Almuñécar

Taste New Things At The Municipal Market

Step out of your comfort zone and tast new produce and speak with the vendors at the Almuñécar Municipal Market.   This traditional market will fulfill all of your daily shopping needs.   It isn’t huge, but if you are sampling food along the way it can fill up some of your time.  Inside, you will find the various butchers, deli counters, produce, bakers, honey, fresh eggs, tea, ecological store, coffee beans and a wealth of fish stands too.  This is a great place to practice using your Spanish conversation too!  On a rainy day there won’t be as many locals, so it is a perfect place for you to go.  It’s located just across the street from the Aquarium, so why not do both!


Bowling Alcazar and arcade. Located at the Best Alcazar Hotel on Punta de la Mona La Herradura. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Strike Up Fun And Go Bowling!

If you want to enjoy a special treat, then head on over to the Best Alcazar Hotel on Punta de la Mona.  They offer several bowling lanes, pool tables, arcade games and they can also host parties.  This is perfect for that rainy day and of course is one of the best indoor activities. They usually have great prices for “happy hour” each day.  They sometimes have limited hours in the winter months, so check with them for current hours.


McDonald's playground - Almuñécar with kids

McDonald’s playground

McDonald’s renovated their restaurant and terrace winter 2018.  Now the terrace has some shade and the playground has changed.  We just need to get a new photo up for you.  They don’t open up early, except for Friday.  The little ones will still have fun, as the playground is outside and available at any time.  Enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream too.


Almuñécar Youth Center

Almuñécar Youth Center

For the bigger kids, the youth center (La Casa de la Juventud) is a place for meeting friends, and seek guidance from the Youth Information Office.  There are also leisure activities, indoor activities, and workshops, spaces for associations, groups and creative expression spaces, as well as free internet stations, computer classes and more.  Located at Plaza Teatro, just in from the Paseo del Altillo.  They are open Monday – Saturday 17:00-22:00.


Enjoy Movies in English in Almuñécar

Movies In the surrounding area

While there isn’t a traditional movie theater in town, we still find ways to see the movies!  There are often movies in Spanish year-round at the Cultural Center.  This is a great Spanish immersion activity for the entire family.  During the summer months there are outdoor theaters in town, showing films in Spanish.  If you want a film in English, from September – June, it is offered once a week at the Cultural Center.  Please see our full Almuñécar Movie Guide for more info.


Granada hop on hop off train

Granada City Tour with Hop-on Hop-off Train

Ever experienced hopping on and off a train? Get the chance to do it on this tour that makes several stops to the most notable historic and cultural sites in Granada!

Nevada Shopping in Granada! For a complete shopping experience, sometimes you need to visit a big city.  We will describe how to get to the new Nevada Shopping Center in Granada [Centro Comercial Nevada].  With approximately 120,000 square meters of commercial area, and with 200+ stores, numerous restaurants, and an 8-cinema cineplex, there is plenty to see, do, and eat. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Nevada Shopping Center Granada

For a day with indoor activities and a complete shopping experience, sometimes you need to visit a big city.  We will describe how to get to the new Centro Comercial Nevada shopping Granada from Almuñécar.  The Nevada shopping center [Centro Comercial Nevada] is located in Granada and is on the southeast side of the city, so that means easy access from Costa Tropical.  With approximately 120,000 square meters of commercial area, and with 200+ stores, numerous restaurants, and an 8-cinema cineplex, there is plenty to see, do, and eat.


ice skating rink Granada

Ice Skating Rink in Granada

The Igloo Ice Arena (ice skating rink) offers public ice skating sessions in Granada. View their website for more info and to verify current public hours.  It’s located near the Alameda Mall on the north side of Granada city, with easy access from the highway.


from Almunecar to Larios Mall Malaga

Larios Shopping Mall Málaga

Are you getting cabin fever staying in the small coastal city of Almuñécar or is the weather bad?  Are you dreaming of a day out at a big and modern shopping mall?  Well, let us share with you how to get to Larios Mall, Vialia Mall, IKEA Malaga, Plaza Mayor, from Almuñécar to Málaga and back.  We provide you with instructions via the public bus, in addition to directions for driving a car.


The Museum of Honey Lanjarón!

The Museum of Honey Lanjarón!

This museum has a vast area for visitors to enjoy everything about honey!  It boasts four main areas to explore, The impressive wax winery , the gardens, the Hive Collection  and the Honey Museum.  The main building is equipped with a series of dynamic and interactive modules designed to meet the wide world of the bee, in an entertaining way.  Everything is in Spanish, so it is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture.  This is located just outside of Lanjarón, which is about midway to Granada city.


Board Games and Cards

Take your favorite board games or deck of cards to a local cafe and make your own indoor activities!  Stay social with the locals and have a bit of fun too.  Some places have games for you to choose from as well, but it is easiest to bring what you are familiar with.  We always have a deck of UNO cards handy!


Public Library and Casa De La Cultura Almuñecar

Read A Book At The Library

The public library is located in the Casa de la Cultura (cultural center) upstairs.  You don’t need a library card to go in an read a few books.  This is a great way to practice or introduce yourself to Spanish reading.  You do need to be quiet inside, but there are books for all ages.


Cotobro Beach Storm Watching Almunecar

Storm Watching!

While this isn’t a stay warm and dry activity, it sure is fun.  We found the best location to do a bit of storm watching is along the Paseo de Cotobro and Cotobro beach.  It is also very exciting down by the Marina del Este to see the waves crash over the sea wall.  Stay safe and don’t go on the beach near the waves, sometimes big waves come and can just grab you.  Stay along the paseo and get a big splash!

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Most of these activities can be found on our custom town map.

 

Looking for more things to do Almuñécar?

If this wasn’t enough for you or you want more adventurous activities, please review our full list of Things To Do in Almuñécar, including 1/2 day and full day trips from Almuñécar.
Things to do in Almunecar Spain. From Almunecar Beaches, to castles there is so much to see and do. Including local activities, day trips, outdoors, Almunecar beaches and more. Read more on www.AlmunecarInfo.com

Organized Tours

Here are some local tour options for you, as well as more around Spain.

Things to do in Almunecar Spain. All of these activities and tours for Almuñécar & La Herradura are great for the entire family. So come have some fun! Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

If you are heading to the bigger cities of Granada or Málaga check out these great tours.  There are also many for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour.  There is so much to do and many great offers for you.

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Well that should keep you busy for a little while.  If you discover new activities you feel we should add to the list, please comment below with detailed information.  We will research and if it is a good fit, we will do our best to include it in the list.

 

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Where & How To Play Pétanque In Almuñécar

Pétanque in Almuñécar is very popular in the winter months, when the “snow birds” all flock to Almuñécar.  Here in Spain it is referred to as Petanca.  The play areas can be quite crowded, so some groups have even stopped publishing the days and times they meet.  That said, you can pretty much count on it any day the sun is out, which is nearly every day!

How To Play Pétanque And Where To Play In Almuñécar. Pétanque in Almuñécar is very popular in the winter months, when the "snow birds" all flock to Almuñécar.  We will tell you how and where to play. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

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