If you were looking for a peaceful seaside holiday then La Herradura is for you. The village, just one headland and 4 kilometres west of the large town of Almunecar, has only one purpose, to satisfy the tourist that wants peace and quiet.
With only about 4,000 residents, 9 Hotels and a couple of Pensions the small village backs onto a 2 kilometre long beach made up of sand and pebbles. Two headlands provide shelter, to the north west is Cerro Gordo and to the south east Punta de la Mona. Off the latter the snorkelling and diving is very good. All the action is on the seafront with restaurants, bars and occasional shops. You will not find a night club or disco but with the resort facing south west all the bars are ‘sundowners’.
The beach has five chirinquitos, all serving food and drinks. Every drink is accompanied by a tapas. At each extremity of the beach there is a chambao. A chambao is a sort of semi permanent structure that resembles a huge Arab tent under which you can shelter from the sun. The eastern Chamboa de Joaquin includes a chirinquito that specialises in paella and barbequed sardines on a skewer at lunchtime. The food must be good, the place has been frequented by the rich and famous and there are photographs above the bar to prove it.
Sheltered by the headland of Punta de la Mona is the Marina Del Este development. The marina provides the centre for the apartments and villas built into the headland. In winter, the marina, with its bars and restaurants is quiet, during the summer it is a hive of activity. The marina is one of the prettiest on the coast.
Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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