Paradise, a wonderful little word that makes me think of a place where body and soul are in balance, where you are at peace with yourself and your surroundings, a place where you feel as good as you can!
The word paradise originates from the Persian word pairidaeza, meaning garden. According to Wikipedia, paradise is a place of satisfaction, but not necessarily a land of luxury and idleness.
I think that description fits very well for one of my favorite places here on earth, Almuñécar, and I know that many people are willing to agree with me.
Photo of Almuñécar: Mats T Karlsson
Lennart Olofsson, Kristianstad (has lived almost all my life in the north of Sweden, in Västerbotten). For the last ten years, my wife Lisa and I have shared our time between Kristianstad and Almuñécar, 6 months in each place.
During our Andalusian six months we go hiking in the mountains, play golf and hang out with good friends. It’s amazing that we only have a little over an hour to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. We also devote a lot of time to our Nordic association, Los Nordicos.
Lisa Olofsson, Kristianstad (lives half the year in Almuñécar).
My husband Lennart and I first went to Almuñécar in 2001 to visit good friends. It was love at first sight for the place and the people.
A rich social life means a lot, but above all the opportunity to play golf and hike makes this is where we want to live as long as possible.
Tomas Svärd, Östergötland. What I think is best about Almuñécar is the climate, the climate and the climate. It is a moderate Spanish small town with functioning business apart from tourism, so it does not take over in the cityscape.
The fact it is just over an hour to the Sierra Nevada forest area was the decisive straw for us to put down our nest piles in Almuñécar.
Britt Ogenhall Svärd, Östergötland. I first came to Almuñécar in March 2018 and now I spend half the year here and half in Sweden.
I think the best about Almuñécar is the wonderful climate and that the city feels genuinely Spanish.
Here we always find something to do, we participate on lovely hikes, playing paddle and boule etc. It is also great fun that we meet so many nice people here in the city.