ALMUÑÉCAR THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN SPANISH
Because of its SIZE
It’s a small town with 25,000 inhabitants. It combines history, culture and tradition, the charm of a “white village”, with attractive, unbeatable tourism; though that tourism is largely Spanish.
Because of its LOCATION
It is situated on the Mediterranean coast of Granada, surrounded by mountains, within an hour of both Malaga and Granada and with 3 airports within an hour by car.
Because of its CLIMATE
Because of its excellent location, it has a privileged subtropic Meteorologically speaking, Almuñécar has no winter, since the average temperature is 18º and it does not fall below 6º C. The summer is long, 4 months, but mild, with maximum temperatures that do not usually exceed 30º. The sea temperature does not drop in extreme cases of 14 ºC. We enjoy many sunny days a year, with an annual average of 321 days.
For YOUR GASTRONOMY
Although it is a fishing village, Almuñécar also bases its economy on the tropical plantations that are given here: custard apples, kiwi, avocado, medlars, etc. All these products and more you can buy them in the public market, 10 minutes from the school. Eating out and drinking outside is an important part of the Spanish way of life.
Because of its BEACHES AND SURROUNDINGS
The coast of Almuñecar has 19km of beautiful beaches and hidden coves with crystalline waters particularly recommended for aquatic sports like windsurfing, snorkelling, etc. To discover the ecosystem of this part of the Mediterranean, a visit to Almuñecar’s Aquarium is a must, with over 3000 specimens of around 200 different species of fish and invertebrate sea creatures like octopus, jellyfish, lobster, etc. As the mountains are so close to the sea, it is also an ideal place for outdoor activity sports such as paragliding, walking, etc.
Because of its CULTURAL AND LEISURE FACILITIES
There is also room for cultural tourism, as Almuñecar’s history is marked out by the numerous cultures which settled here; Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and finally Christians have left their traces in numerous archaeological remains all over the town and its coast, some of which canbe visited on our guided tours. The Arabic Castle of San Miguel stands out over the town and its kilometres of beach. The Archaeological Museum (Roman Cave of the Seven Palaces) and the “Claves de Almuñecar” Museum are well worth a visit if you are interested in seeing how the town has changed through the years. The Botanical Park “El Majuelo”, situated near to the beach below the castle, festival de jazz provides the visitor with a shady place to relax and enjoy over 180 types of palm and species of tropical plants. You will be surprised to find the remains of a Roman salting factory within it. The park is also used as an open air auditorium for concerts and festivals: every summer the International Jazz Festival of Almuñecar, one of the oldest in Europe attracting numerous internationally renowned artists; Flamenco Festival; etc. Next to “El Majuelo” Park is the Ornithological Park “Loro Sexi” (Sexi was the Phoenician name for Almuñecar) housing almost 200 different species from pigeons, doves, parrots and peacocks to ostriches. The aquatic park “Aquatropic” attracts young people and families to its 18,000m² of salt water swimming pools and slides and green spaces.
Because of its LOCAL FESTIVALS
Almuñecar’s Easter Week has been declared Festival of National Tourist Interest for Andalucía; the parades through the narrow, hilly streets and alleys of the historic centre will amaze you. Almuñecar’s own local festival, to Our Lady of the Assumption, in the week of August 15th, ends with a spectacular firework display. The night of San Juan is on June 24th; Mediterranean festival par excellence with bonfires burning all night along the sea shore, waiting for dawn on the shortest night of the year. The Festival of the mariners celebrates the day of their patron saint, Our Lady of the Carmen, on July 16th. The Carnival is fun wherever you go in Almuñecar, aimed particularly at the youngest age-group.