Nudist Beaches in Almuñécar
First inhabited by the Phoenicians in 800 BC, the town of Almuñécar lies at the mouth of 2 rivers on Spain’s Costa Tropical. Since its Phoenician inhabitants the town has seen various rulers including Roman, Visigoth, Muslim and Christian. It’s rich history is evident in the many historical buildings and monuments. The Phoenicians developed an important fish salting industry that included a pungent fish paste called garum, used to flavour soups and stews. Under Roman rule the industry was modernised and 5 aqueducts were built to supply the demand for fresh water needed in the salting process.
Almuñécar is built on a hill and its steep streets and winding passageways are interspersed with pretty plazas that lead to the town hall and higher still to the Old Quarter and castle built by the Moors. Visitors can also explore the town’s main church and cultural centre. The Royal fountain, located on Calle Real takes its water supply from the impressive Roman aqueducts that can be found a few kilometres north of the town. Almuñécar’s important fishing industry is still evident in the cuisine of the region with the town’s restaurants offering all sorts of wonderful fish and shellfish dishes. The town’s climate and extremely fertile soil are perfect for growing tropical fruit that are either eaten fresh or used to make delicious jams and ice cream as well as cakes and pastries.
More of the town’s history can be seen in its archaeological museum, situated on the site of an old Roman palace or visitors can enjoy a stroll around the Majuelo park and botanical gardens. The area boasts around 20 kilometres of fantastic coastline, made up of long stretches of sand and sweeping bays including 3 official nudist beaches in Almuñécar. The coastal area offers all sorts of water sport options and is a popular place for scuba diving, known as one of the prettiest diving spots in Southern Spain.