SUNBATHE - the Costa Tropical has 19 kms of coastline divided into 26 beaches so, if you feel like venturing further than Cotobro beach, there are plenty more to enjoy, including the nudist beach of Cantarrijan.

EAT - You will find an abundance of bars, restaurants and 'chiringuitos' (beach restaurants) catering to all tastes and budgets.  Try barbequed fish from the chiringuitos or tapas (tiny portions of food) that come free with beer or wine.  Shop for locally caught fresh fish and locally grown tropical fruit from the municipal market on the edge of the historic quarter of Almuñécar.

EXPLORE - Almuñécar has a rich historical and archaelogical heritage: Bronze Age settlement in 1.500 BC, then developed by the Phoenicians at the end of the ninth century BC, further developed by the Romans at the end of the third century BC, and remaining an important port during the time of Arab domination.  Evidence of all these civilisations can be seen throughout the town.

SPORT - diving, golf, skiing in the Sierra Nevada (just over an hour away), walking along the coast or in nearby Axarquia.

CITY LIFE - Málaga is only an hour away by car or bus.  The area around the Port has been completely refurbished and is now a centre for restaurants, bar, shops and museums.  The botanical gardens of La Alameda separate the Port from the main shopping street of the city (calle Larios) and the historical centre. Later this year, the Pompidou Centre and National Museum of Russian Art will be inaugurated.  With the Picasso, Carmen Thyssen and Contemporary Art Centre, this will make Málaga an essential place for art lovers to visit.  Picasso's birthplace is also open to the public.

Granada - just over an hour by car or bus.  Spend the day strolling around the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the old Jewish quarter, the Albayzín; and the Alhambra and its gardens, the Generalife.  Remember to book tickets well in advance as entrance to the Nazari Palaces is limited .

Local Fiestas - Semana Santa (the week preceding Easter Sunday).  This is celebrated with religious processions (cofradías) throughout Spain and Almuñécar is no exception.  The largest processions are on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
- Cruces de Mayo: around the first weekend of May.  Floral alters dedicated to Santa Cruz are set up around the town;  some with pop-up bars, some with nightly flamenco performances.
- Fiesta de San Juan: no one goes to bed on the eve of San Juan (June 23).  It's the one time you're legally permitted to light fires and have big barbeques on the beach.  And you must enter the sea at midnight.
- Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of mariners.  July 16th.  This is celebrated at the San Cristobál beach, near to Cotobro, with a maritime procession and lots of fireworks.
- Mid July - annual international festival of Jazz held nightly for a week in El Majuelo Botanical Garden.
- Feria of Almuñécar: this week long feria has been celebrated every year since 1569!  A lot of partying, noise and fun culminating with the procession of the Virgen de la Antigua in a flotilla of boats, accompanied by music and fireworks.