Almuñécar is a small coastal city in Granada province that lies between Salobreña to the east and Nerja to the west. A once-laid back fishing town, it has become a resort for Northern Europeans and North Americans to escape from the frigid winters at home. With the expansion of the European Union, more Eastern Europeans have been drawn here too by the sub-tropical climate where the sun shines at least 320 days of the year.
The municipality includes the villages and neighbourhoods of La Herradura, Cotobro, Taramay and Velilla and has an approximate population of 26,000 inhabitants (2018). This number varies as during the summer months the number of people can be multiplied by 5 times.