Almunecar Spain

Guide to Almunecar, a coastal town located on the Costa del Sol.

Guide to Almunecar Costa del Sol

Located in the Spanish region of Andalucia between Nerja and Motril, the ancient town and municipality of Almunecar has a history going back to the times of the Phoenicians. The town itself has a population of around 26,000 and is, these days, a popular tourist destination with a good range of facilities and holiday rental accommodation.

First established as a Phoenician colony called Sexi, in about 800 BC, the town developed into an important port and trading town with a thriving fish salting industry. The Romans further established the town during their occupation of the Iberian Peninsular and built five significant aqueducts for the transportation of water from the valleys of the Rio Seco and Rio Verde, amazingly all of these aqueducts remain today and 4 are still in use, a testimony to the skill of the Roman engineers.

Almunecar later fell into the hands of the Visigoths and later still came under the control of the Moors, finally becoming Christian again in 1489.

Situated on a stretch of coast called the Costa Tropical, part of the larger Costa del Sol, Almunecar was made famous by the English writer Laurie Lee during the 1930's to 1950's, he recalled it as "tumbling little village, fronted by a strip of grey sand", it later became a popular holiday destination, with plenty to attract culture hounds as well as sun seekers. Places to visit in the area include the aforementioned aqueducts, the Castillo de San Miguel, the Museo Arqueologico, the Parque Ornithologico and the remains of a Roman fish salting factory.

Almunecar is situated on the N-340 coast road between Motril and Nerja, around 80 kilometres from Malaga.

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