Saturday, 8 September 2012


Thirty minutes drive east of Maro lies Almuñécar, a large town of approximately 26,000 citizens and one of the most important tourist centres in the province of Granada. 
 We drove into the town and headed for the seafront, finding an underground car park that luckily was also very close to a Tourist Information office. The seafront was very modern with high rise apartments and hotels and also many modern art statues along the promenade.
 I was particularly interested in locating a statue dedicated to the writer Laurie Lee, primarily because Wayne, a friend of ours, was interested in his exploits in Spain at the start of the Spanish civil war and on my part because he was a bit of a legend in the Stroud Valleys area where we formerly lived in the UK.
 Unfortunately, the assistant in the Tourist office had no idea where the statue was but kindly looked it up on the internet. We found the location less than fifty metres from the office.

After a coffee break we walked for a while along the seafront promenade.
 Great beaches and not very busy considering it was near midday.

 As is usually the case, the most interesting area's of town are the old parts so we explored a little.

 Narrow streets led us to the 16th century Iglesia de la Encarnación, unfortunately closed to visitors. 
 Nearby was a pleasant square with the Ayuntamiento building and several busy cafés.

 Unusual street and area designations.

 Clearly there was a lot more to see in Almuñécar and hopefully it won't be too long before a return visit.

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