June 20th, 2012
A little way along from the popular destination of the Costa del Sol you´ll find the quieter Costa Tropical – popular too but more so with local Spanish mingling with the tourists looking for a tranquil beach holiday combined with traditional Spanish pueblos and local food. It´s the closest coastline for those staying in and around Granada, including the Alpujarras region and the Lecrín Valley. Almuñécar happens to make a great base too, with something for everyone and next month a little light Jazz too – let´s visit Almuñecar and see what they´re blowing their trumpets about!
How to get there
As we mentioned, it´s proximity to the Granada region means you have a choice of airports. Either land at Málaga and drive along the picturesque coastline – or see whether you can grab a bargain into Granada´s Federico Garcia Lorca airport and hire your car there instead. At only 16 kms west of Granada city, you can have the added bonus of a day trip there too before you hit the beach. What about a few hours wandering the Alhambra Palace? – what a way to start your holiday! Then later, admire the mountain scenery of the Sierra Nevadaas you travel through….
Where to stay?
Arriving at Almuñécar you´ll need to drop your bags off before exploring the town. Of course, you´ll already have cleverly booked one of these 101 stunning Almuñécar rentals from Spain Holiday… apartments, penthouses, townhouses and villas to choose from – every one an excellent choice!
And the town itself?
The English writer Laurie Lee wrote much on his time spent in Spain, and in particular Almuñécar – as is evident from his tome As I Walked Out one Midsummer Morning..,a great post by Vernon on Laurie Lee is found by clicking here...it´s no longer that small fishing town, albeit you can still get a plate of good fish!
Your first impressions will be how the Old Town and all of the charm that goes with it manages to flow freely and easily in to the newer parts to the attractions of the seafront and modern tourism.
A large Water Park for fun with the kids, Aqua Tropic right on Playa Velilla, and more beaches to explore, sunbathe on and enjoy the water sports on offer:
- Playa de Cabria – small but popular.
- Playa El Pozuelo – shaded and small.
- Playa El Tesorillo – my favourite! 2 friendly bars right on the beach and big waves.
- Playa Puerta del Mar – the main beach
- Playa San Cristóbal
- Playa Cotobro – from here you can walk around to….
- …Playa del Muerto – an official nudist Beach
- Playa de La Herradura – the Horseshoe -unarguably the best photo opportunity beach!
- Playa de Berengueles – the one for Water Sport fans
Old Town Charm
All that Jazz
- PLAYING FOR CHANGE
- LIZZ WRIGHT and RAUL MIDÓN
- JACKY TERRASSON TRÍO
- MILES with STEFON HARRIS, DAVID SÁNCHEZ and NICHOLAS PAYTON
- KENNY BARRON TRÍO
- MARÍA ROMERO and KIKO AGUADO QUINTET GRANADA BIG BAND with ANTONIO SERRANO
Daily entry for each event is only €13 to €15 – or you can buy an abono which covers all the concerts and costs €80 – a free CD comes with the abono too!
What?! Not booked yet….? Hurry up….because whether you come for the ambient town,the beach life, the Costa Tropical or just for the Jazz – Almuñécar always hits the right note!