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  La Herradura - City Information
  Municipality of: Almuñécar
  Region: Costa Tropical
  Post Code: 18697
  # of Inhabitants: 3,000

La Herradura

This seaside town is an appendage of Almuñécar which lies to its east, about 10 minutes away and its over 3000 inhabitants are keen service providers to the tourist industry in the area. La Herradura (which means “horseshoe”) was given its name thanks to the shape of its lovely bay.

Many people have often said that there is an unusual gravitational pull in this area and seems to draw people here whose interests lie in the arts, wellness and mystic sciences. Nonetheless, its history is shared with that of the other neighboring towns and its natural harbor was a strategic port location for the Phoenicians and Romans.

On the waterfront portion of the town, the rich marine life, relatively calm waters and 2 km. long beach front are attractive to scuba divers, swimmers, boaters, sunseekers, and hanggliders – and on occasion, windsurfers as well. Moving 10 minutes inland across the highway, there are wonderful hiking trails, hillside villas, and panoramic views of the coastline. One particularly breathtaking view is the sunset as colors range from majestic lavenders and purples to deep oranges, depending on the season.

The existing town is typical of this part of the coast – small, whitewashed homes whose doorways open onto tiny streets, neighbors sitting on park benches exchanging the news of the day, and local fishermen often reveling in their catch of the day . But it is still a relatively young town and continues to grow as evidenced by the influx of people from many nationalities, new construction, new hotels and additional tourist services. La Herradura´s geographical location is ideal for a visit or for a permanent residence – its proximity to the sea, to bustling Almuñécar, and easy access from the new highway make for a pleasant existence on the Costa Tropical.

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