We are located in the south of Granada, with almost 80 km of coastline, at the foot of the mountains of La Contraviesa and Lújar, in the eastern part, the mountains of La Almijara and Cázulas and in the west the Sierra Nevada itself. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, mild temperatures in winter and the cool breeze of the Mediterranean Sea in the summer, it offers us an average annual temperature of 20ºC, the shelter provided by the Bética Mountain Range, slowing the cold air flows of the North, that induces the microclimate area we enjoy. Hence its name, Costa Tropical. These conditions have allowed both agricultural developments, by the cultivation of subtropics, such as tourism.
Almuñécar, millenary town. Relevant core of the coast, its history dates back to the 8th century BC, colonized by the Phoenicians, they called it Ex (Seks-Seksi), merchants from the east and great navigators of the oceans, they built fish salting factories on the Andalusian coast, remains that which you can visit in Almuñécar, this salting industry, reached importance at the time. The Phoenician-Punic footprint is visable in various areas of the town (several necropolis, the Noy Bridge stands out for its importance).
Later, with the arrival of the Romans to the peninsula, around the year 218 BC, it was renamed Sexi Firmum Iulium (year 49 BC), obtaining the category of Roman municipality. The salting activity was continued and reached its greatest splendor in the first and second centuries A.D., the “garum” a fish pate was exported throughout the empire. At that time the important Aqueduct was built, an engineering work to provide water to the city, about 7 km long with sections that are still active today, one of the most prominent is in Torrecuevas, with 130 meters and 19 arches
By 755, from Damascus, the founder of the Independent Emirate of Cordoba landed on our coast, Prince Omeya Abd-al-Rahman, the Arabs then called her al-Munakkar. A new period of splendor began under Islamic domination that would last 8 centuries. With the reunification of the territories of al-Andalus, the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada is formed, the last stronghold of Islam in Spain. Being the main coastal city, it was chosen by the Nasrid dynasty as a resting place. It became a thriving medina around the Arab castle, owned a harbor, mosque and markets, and produced raisins, sugar cane, fruits, silks and also fishing.
At present, in the streets of the old town, of great archeological and heritage wealth, the traces of more than 2,500 years of history are appreciated, which give its people a friendly and welcoming character.
In the museum of the Cave of the Seven Palaces (Roman origin) you can see the jewels that bear witness to the traces of the past.
Beaches and coves with charm, cliffs, where water sports are practiced, diving, scuba diving; underwater fishing in incomparable and internationally famous environments, wind surfing; kayak; candle; volleyball and beach football; paragliding, hiking, petanque, athletics championships, kenpo, BMX. Other sports have special relevance, cycling; football; with international teams that come to concentrate and train in the area, with different disciplines that complete the framework of an incomparable environment where life passes relaxingly.
It offers a wide cultural experience with activities, concerts, in summer there is Jazz on the Coast, Andrés Segovia International classical guitar contest, theater and dance throughout the year. Also at the gastronomic level with numerous restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the flavors of the south, fresh fish from the area and enjoy the famous tapas that is appreciated by all.
All this and more will complete your days in this little paradise in southern Spain.
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