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Guideline to visit Almuñécar: the most important monuments

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There are emblematic places in Almuñécar that will show you the roots and identity of this ancient town.

Castle of San Miguel

Ancient Roman fortress, it also had great importance in the Nasrid period in the 13th century.

It was rebuilt by Ferdinand the Catholic and in the time of Carlos V, when the four circular towers on its entrance facade date.

Bombed by the English in the war of independence against the French, the castle was left in ruins and was turned into a cemetery in the 19th century.

This fascinating history is hidden within its walls and the free guided tours that take place from Tuesday to Saturday at 11:00 am and at 7:00 pm which gives you the opportunity to get to know it.

Schedule

It can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Sundays it is only open in the morning from 10am to 1pm. It is closed on Monday.

Prices

Entrance costs 2.35 euros (adults) and 1.60 euros (children and pensioners) and includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum.

Contact information

Address: Cerro de San Miguel. Phone number: 650 027 584 / 607 865 466.

Archeological museum Cueva de los Siete Palacios

Located in the cellars of an ancient Roman temple built in honor of Minerva around the first century (BC), it consists of seven vaulted sections, hence its name.

This museum contains numerous archaeological remains found in El Majuelo Park, as well as others found in the Phoenician-Punic necropolis of Laurita and Puente de Noy, near San Cristóbal beach.

Although one piece of exceptional importance stands out above all the others: the Egyptian amphora that belonged to Pharaoh Apophis I (17th century BC).

One of the theories being considered says that this object was brought by the Phoenicians about a thousand years after its manufacture.

Schedule

It opens from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is closed on Monday.

 

Prices

Entrance costs 2.35 euros (adults) and 1.60 euros for children and pensioners. Includes visit to the Castle of San Miguel

 

Contact information

Address: Calle San Joaquín, San Miguel neighborhood. Phone number: 607 865 466/650 027 584.

Church of La Encarnación

It was designed by Juan de Herrera. It was completed at the beginning of the 17th century, thus being the first baroque temple in the province. 

On the main altar, there is a Visigothic-style carving that represents the Virgin of la Antigua, patron saint of Almuñécar.
 
It can be visited during hours of worship and there is no entrance fee.
 
Contact information
 
Address: Cuesta de la Iglesia. Phone number: 958 630 646.
 

Columbarium of La Torre del Monje

It consists of a columbarium in the shape of a small tower that probably belonged to a Roman family from the town that was in this area.

It is covered by a barrel vault and small niches open inside.

It is located two kilometers from the town, on the road that runs through the Valle del Río Verde and dates on the time of maximum urban development in the Roman period of Almuñécar, between the 1st and 2nd century AD.

Address: Carretera Jete-Otívar, km.2

Peñón del Santo

It is a very emblematic place in Almuñecar. It is a rocky outcrop over the sea crowned by a cross and from which a good panoramic view can be seen.

 

It is believed that this rock was once connected to the castle, as evidenced by the remains of the walls.

At the foot of it you can see the monument to Abderramán l, an important Umayyad prince who landed on the coast of Almuñécar in 755 to reach Córdoba and found there an independent Emirate.

Roman aqueduct and thermal baths

It was probably built in the 1st century AD, with a length of 7 km, of which five sections are preserved.

The last section (section IV) was discovered at the end of the 90s, when some works were carried out in the Plaza Mayor, and it is believed that underneath a Roman road that went from Linares to Malaga passed.

Also here were some thermal baths from the same period.

The aqueduct has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest

It is located in the direction of the Suspiro del Moro road and is free.

Contact information

Address: Carretera de la Concepción, s / n. Phone number: 958 838 623.

Monument to the Phoenicians

It is located on the Paseo del Altillo and is a tribute to the first settlers of Almuñécar: the Phoenicians. It is sculpted in bronze by Miguel Moreno, a sculptor and goldsmith from Granada.