Almuñecar

Almuñecar is one of the oldest cities in the Spanish Mediterranean and can be dated back to 1500 BC. As with other places along the coast you find ruins from the Arab and Romanesque periods. At the end of the third century B.C. when the Romans arrived, they found a well constructed city marked with a nurturing economy based on fishing and with its own currency. The Romans rebuilt the city, built temples, a theatre and an aqueduct - and gave it the name Sexi Firmum Iulium. In the year 775 AD the city was captured by Abdal-Rahman and placed under the Moors as a part of Cora of Elvira.

At that time Almuñecar was a crucial strategic place on the coast and the city, which had a marketplace and a Mosque, and was surrounded by thick walls. Access to the city could only take place through the city port. In the country sugar canes, bananas, grape and other fruits were grown and at the same time the city was known for its fishing. In 1489 the coast of Granada was handed over to Castilian troops and the surrender documents were signed in Almuñecar.

Today the city is a popular tourist destination and attracts many foreign residents.  Tourist attractions include Aqua Tropical, which is an outdoor water park, an archeological museum and the old town which is a treasure chest historically as well as culturally. The genuine heart of Almuñecar is located around the castle San Miguel that has named the old neighborhood: "Castillo" or "San Miguel". Here the streets are paved with traditional, bumpy Almuñecar cobblestone and there are numerous small places, courtyards and corners where neighbors meet for a chat.

On Fridays there is a market day on the square next to the bus station. Here you will find all sorts of curiosities side by side with the fresh vegetables and other food on sale to the hundreds of customers, from near and far who are willing to buy. Do yourself a favor - go to Almuñecar on a Friday!
 
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