|The Laurie Lee Memorial|
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Almunecar on Spain's Costa Tropical
When writer Laurie Lee first saw Almunecar in 1936 it was a small village. To quote 'a tumbling little village'. Because it was on the hillside below the Castillo de San Miguel.
In the 1950s when Laurie Lee returned, the village was still coming to terms with the outcome of the Spanish Civil War. His book 'A Rose for Winter' is based on that. And there is a rather plain memorial to this British writer
These days there are now hotels and a nice flat promenade for strolling along. And, of course, shops to browse.
Incidentally, when in the town do wear comfortable shoes as there are a lot of very steep hills here, especially if you go up to the Castle and meander around the old town. There are plenty of cafes in which to sit and recover but I enjoyed relaxing in the gardens overlooking Playa Puerta del Mar. Good seats and it is reasonable quiet.
In these gardens, below the Castillo, is the metallic Monument to the Phoenicians near to which is Laurie Lee's Memorial.
Another quiet place where you can sit and relax is the Parque el Majuelo with trees from around the world. And you can see another part of the area's history - the Roman Fish Salting 'factory'.
If you fancy a trip to Malaga, buses leave from the bus station towards the back of the town. As there are two companies operating it is not advisable to buy return tickets. If you do buy them there is a danger that you may get on the rival company's bus for the return journey and have to pay again. They don't have a reciprocal arrangement!