Best choice in the Tropical Coast, Andalusia, 320 sunny days a year.Close to beaches and old town. Free sunbeds. Superb views. Private terrace BBQ and garden
The weather is fantastic with 320 sunny days a year (average) as well as the temperature. The residential area is one of the most appreciated and well valued in this town. Talking about the bars and restaurants, they serve free snacks when ordering a beer or a cup of wine. Close to nice different kind of beaches and the old town, cheerful all year round with plenty of restaurants and a lot of activities to do. And if you wanna go farther, the ski resource of Sierra Nevada is only 55 min drive and the old Granada town with The Alhambra old moresque palace, is only 50 min drive. The Malaga airport is aproximately one hour drive.
Almuñécar and La Herradura form the tourist capital of the Costa Tropical. This relatively unknown stretch of Spain's southern coastline belongs to Granada province in Andalucia. It lies between the more populous Costa del Sol to the west, and the coast of Almería to the east.
It's here that the continent of Africa is trying, and noticeably succeeding, to push its way under the mass of Europe. The dramatic results are what give the Costa Tropical its special geography and climate, so unlike any other coastline in southern Spain.
Rugged hills thrust up steeply from valley floors or plunge into the sea. Seasonal torrents, often swollen by melting snows, cut jagged ravines deep into the landscape. Once-forrested hillsides, now denuded of their fertile topsoil, provide a scanty foothold for almond, olive and the hardy carob. Small villages and farming communities have developed in sheltered valleys or simply cling like limpets to the hillsides.
And above everything towers the grand Sierra Nevada, for skiing lovers.
These mountains, which boast among them the highest peak in mainland Spain, form a natural weather-break which protects the Granadan coastline from the worst influences of the European winters, while Africa, to the south, helps buffer the harsh effects of both the Mediterranean and Atlantic weather. As a result, the area has an extraordinarily benign subtropical climate which can be seen in the variety of exotic products to be found in the local markets, especially the different fruits.
Almuñécar and its handsome Moorish castle sit on a small hill between the mouths of two rivers - the Río Seco and the larger Río Verde. The latter runs through Almuñécar's Tropical Valley, a fertile area of mainly subtropical fruit orchards that line the valley floor and climb the terraced hillsides. To the west of the town lies the Punta de la Mona, a pineclad headland sheltering the attractive Marina del Este sports port and home to a number of luxury urbanisations. Beyond, is the pretty village and horseshoe-shaped bay of La Herradura and another large natural promontory, Cerro Gordo, which marks the end of the municipality and province. Inland, the approximately 80 km² municipality rises into the hills which form an impressive backdrop to the coast. Farmhouses and small hamlets dot the area overlooked by the Peña Escrita natural park.
Almuñécar was founded by the Phoenicians almost 3000 years ago and has since been occupied by a succession of Mediterranean cultures including, most importantly, the Romans and the Moors. Attracted by the rich trade in local products, the town was one of the most important ports on Spain's Mediterranean coast. Evidence of the area's importance can be seen in the numerous monuments that still exist, especially the Roman fish factory and aqueduct.
Along the 19 km of local coastline visitors can choose from a large variety of beaches and small coves, ranging from fine sand to shingle. Watersports are very popular and there are numerous businesses offering different types of courses and equipment hire. Divers will find some of the best underwater scenery here of anywhere along the southern coast.
Hindered by the rugged geography, development has been mostly restricted to the coast and its adjacent hillsides. Recent years, however, have seen a shift in the 'sun, sea and sand' mentality and many people have bought farmhouses or plots of land in the surrounding hills. Rural tourism, though slow to take off, is on the increase.
Based originally on agriculture and fishing, the local economy is now concentrated almost entirely on tourism and recent years have seen a huge surge in the local infrastructure. Numerous hotels, chalets and apartments are being constructed to cope with the increasing number of visitors, both seasonal and permanent, and shops and services are being opened at a corresponding rate. Cheaper flights and the lousy north European weather have prompted many to buy second homes in the area, while increased telecommunications, especially the Internet, mean that many professionals can work here seasonally if not throughout the whole year.
Local tourism has traditionally been Spanish and confined to the summer season, especially August when the town is packed out. Important fiestas such as Easter and Christmas are also very busy. Foreigners tend to visit mostly during the Spring and Autumn months when the weather can be superb compared to the north, while winter, apart from Christmas, is relatively quiet. Many visitors rent chalets or apartments for their stays
Foreign residents are a mixed bunch with representatives from most European countries living here year round. French, Belgian, German and English nationalities are the most common, though not necessarily in that order, while the Scandinavians, particularly the Danish, are increasing their numbers.
Left on 12/09/2011 for a stay in September 2011
We spent one week in this house. The infinity pool was just almost in front of the house, the kids could go there from the house all by themselves, there is a life guard in the pool, and meanwhile we just were enjoying some beers and tapas in the terrace with BBQ with very nice views. The beaches, restaurants, nightlife and almuñécar town were perfect. Back in the house, we used both, the kids in the yard for lunch and the terrace for us, so everyone had fun and their space. The house is big and at a very good price.
Fantastic House, great location, beaches nearby, Almunecar a gem
Left on 12/08/2011 for a stay in October 2011
We stayed at Fuentes during October, which due to the southern med location means its still hot then but the main crowds have left the town. The house is large and comfortable with great views of the mountains and sea.
Almunecar is a great place, small enough to retain its charm, big enough to have ample shops and restaurants. Its really a Spanish Resort, so prices are cheap and unlike the Costa del Sol, you really feel you are in Spain.
We went to Granada and the alpujarras, both only 45 mins in the car and fabulous to visit.
About the owner
My name is Miguel. I work as engineer in Madrid. Recently we have bought this house in a wonderful seaside resort in the south of Spain that we feel proud to rent to our guests so they can discover and ejoy this part of Andalusia,
In here you can find nice beaches, a typical spanish village with almost all the amenities and activities you can imagine, and of course, ski in Sierra Nevada and the famous moresque palace in Granada.
We wellcome you aboard and hope you like it as much as we do.
Miguel & Loli
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