Otivar is nestled within the foothills of the Sierra Cazalus and the park of Tejeda, La Almijara and Alhama. The drive up from Almuñécar gives you a tantalizing introduction to the lush green, mountain air of the village and is an ever-popular area for many visitors and locals alike.
For 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.
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 taste some Spanish rum. Let’s talk sugar (Azucar).
Costa Tropical is a great location for cycling from sea to mountains. A visiting cyclist has some tips for you for riding, touring, or cycling Almuñécar and the Costa Tropical.
Who loves to get out and move? Why not explore the area on foot? There are many existing Costa Tropical walking routes to choose from or you can create your own. We will share a few of the handy walking routes in Almuñécar – La Herradura and surrounding areas. Try them all or share your best route with us in the comments.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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 City Tour with Hop-on Hop-off Train
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
If you have more suggestions, just send us a message and we will determine if it should be added to the list.
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.
Here are some local tour options for you, as well as more around Spain.
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.
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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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.
Join us on one of our guided Alhambra Tours. The fascinating Alhambra can tell you a million stories…do you dare to discover it?
What you will experience on our Alhambra Tour?
During this tour , we will learn everything about the Spanish most breathtaking and famous
palace: The amazing Alhambra!
Not only as a monument, but also in a cultural, social, and religious way!
We will cover the entire complex, so you can feel and enjoy all the magic of the jewel of
- First , we will visit the Generalife, the 2 residence of the sultán. It consists of the summer palace and it’s beautiful gardens. You will learn about the irrigation system of the Alhambra works, the plants, the way of life and the evolution of the landscape.
- After that we will continue to the Medina, which was the residential city for the people in a lower position than the sultán. Here ,we will learn the day to day of what the common people in those ages looked like.
- In the third place, we will go to the Alcazaba, the military quarter of the complex, where the soldiers and their families lived and we will cover the interesting fact about fortifications and life in those times.
- Finally, the BEST part: The Royal Palaces of the Sultans of the Alhambra! The place where the magic happens! Where the sultan works with his ambassadors and the place where he rests with his sultanesses, children and family.
Alhambra Guided Tour Highlights:
- Official tour guide with walking
- 3 hours private guided tour of the Alhambra
- Go at your own pace during this visit without missing your guide’s explanation
(Audio guide service +7 /person)
- This privately guided Alhambra tour is offered in English and Spanish
How much does the tour cost?
We have a tour plan to suit you, based on the group size!
Private Tour: All tour prices listed below are the base price and taxes will be added.
- 1 to 5 people 110€
- 6 to 10 people 150€
- 11 to 19 people 180€
- 20 people 200€
- Alhambra tickets 15€ per person
- Audio guide additional charge we can discuss with you.
Alhambra Tickets are not included in the tour price. Entrance tickets for the Alhambra are 15€ per person, and we can buy it for you if you need it! Tickets are subject to availability, (depending on the season).
*Remember to bring your ID or passport for the tour!!!. It’s a requirement to enter into the Alhambra.
About your Guide, Alba!
Hi my dear adventurers!
I’m Alba, welcome to the most charming and amazing city in the world: The Alhambra!
I am a licensed tour guide with a degree in tourism! I got my degree in Granada and I have been working as a guide in this beautiful city for years!
Let me show you as a guide its secrets, tales and history…you will never forget this magical place!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for private and flexible tours!
The Alhambra is waiting for you for your next adventure!
See you in Granada!🤎🤎🤎
Where do we meet?
Your local guide will meet you at Pabellón de acceso a la Alhambra:
Paseo del Generalife, 1F , 18009 , Granada, Spain
If you need more information, please contact us:
(+34) 671 264 444
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We can organise everything that you need for your Alhambra tour! See you in Granada!
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.
If you are looking to golf in Spain, there are plenty of options to golf Costa del Sol and you will even has some choices to golf Granada too! We will provide you with a listing of golf courses nearest to Costa Tropical and also provide a reference list for more options to golf Andalucia. If you are doing a Google search for golf courses in Spain, you may also want to conduct your search in Spanish as well. Just search for Campos de golf en Malaga, Campos de golf en Granada, or Campos de golf en España.