Imagine, around the world there are so amazing many great places but is there any place that we love as much as Almuñécar?
I myself first came here in July 1998 together with my boyfriend, now husband, who had been here regularly since 1968. Since then we have spent basically all our holidays here, we used to go here at least 2 -3 times a year. We enjoyed the wonderful nature, culture, weather, atmosphere, food and all wonderful, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Every time we felt so sad to pack up and leave from here, we often asked ourselves “do we really have to go back to Sweden?”. In the end, we decided that “no, we don’t have to”. In 2013, we left Sweden and moved here to our paradise full time.
What is it then that is so special with Almuñécar and why do so many of us long to come back here as soon as we leave? I have put that question to a number of people who come here as soon as they get the opportunity.
Birgitta Löwstett, Stockholm. I came to Almuñecar in 1979 as a tour guide for Trivselresor. Then I had lived and worked in other locations in Spain since 1970. I immediately fell in love with Almuñécar! There was Spain, which I had learned to love, for example Mallorca 10 years earlier. After all, things have changed enormously since then – and unfortunately not everything for the better – but part of my heart is always there. My son’s father has his roots there and thus parts of his family, which of course means a lot. Then I lived (from 1979) in Almuñécar – “full time” – for about 4 years. I have since then always returned, at least twice a year.
In 2015, my partner and I bought an apartment in “Cortijo Santa Cruz”. Until “corona” we have been here 3 –4 times a year, about a month each time. We really hope to be able to continue so soon!
Björn Axelsson, Stockholm. The best thing about the city is that it is still a small, fine Spanish city that – so far – is not so exploited. The nice beaches and alleys and not at least so many nice restaurants. My first visit was probably in 2006, with my partner. Since then I have visited Almuñécar several times each year and in 2015 we bought an apartment.
Felicia Sánchez Hermansson, Eskilstuna. The best thing about Almuñécar is the sun, the color of the sea, the view of Salobreña and Motril, the starry sky, the mountains, not to mention the tasty Alhambra beer. I first came here in 2016 and have lived here full time with my husband and two children the last 3 years. Now we are resident in Sweden, but we will continue to go to our wonderful apartment in Almuñécar, about 8 weeks per year.
Rolf Bönström Hedberg, Almuñécar. I have been to Almuñécar during more than 50 years. In the 1960: s, the city was 30 km and 360 curves “beyond reach”. The dangerous road after Nerja took over an hour and prevented many foreigners from getting all the way here. Almuñécar has, has thus been a couple of decades behind in the development but as a consequence also preserved a genuine atmosphere. The city’s 3000-year-old history and the old town is unique. The subtropical climate, exotic fruits grown here, the dramatic nature with countless hiking trails and cycle routes, the proximity to the Sierra Nevada, lots of attractions. A paradise!