Costa Tropical, trip to the coast of Granada
The Costa Tropical, also known as Costa Grenadine, extends along the hundred kilometres of coastline of the province of Granada in southeastern Andalusia.
It is the 300 days of annual sunshine added to the 20° average temperature of which it benefits which earned it this tropical coast appellation.
The Costa Tropical alternates the landscapes of a rocky coast made of cliffs, hills going down towards the sea, coves and beaches. It is sometimes overhung by the remains of watchtowers or castles erected all along the shore at the time of Al Andalous.
Motril, Salobreña and Almuñecar are the most important towns and seaside resorts. Especially Almuñecar for its Arab fortress and beaches. Nearby, at the bottom of a bay, the small village of La Herradura is renowned for the richness and variety of its seabed.
The white houses of the fishermen and the alleys of Salobreña extend on the sides of a hill dominated by an old 13th-century fortress which served as a summer residence for the Nasrid kings, the last Muslim kings of Spain. From there, a magnificent panorama over the sugar-cane fields of the Guadalfeo valley and the Mediterranean.
Motril, located at the foot of the Sierra de Lújar, is the capital of the Costa Tropical. The city enjoys a subtropical climate which makes it a privileged destination of the province of Granada and the Mediterranean shores of Andalusia.
Besides its beautiful beaches, Motril has a dynamic port, the only one in the province of Granada. From this port which concentrates commercial activities, fishing, yachting, sports and nautical activities, ferries leave for different Moroccan ports: Melilla, Nador or Al Hoceima.
Beyond, the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean where the Costa de la Luz begins…
Discover the stages of the Costa Tropical
La Rábita owes its name to a monastery. The city is situated in an environment of intensive greenhouse cultivation with the Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop.
A long gravel beach of 1000 m, with fishing boats beached on it, forms the coastline of this urban core dependent on the municipality of Albuñol.
A 500 m long black sand beach covers part of the coast of Melicena, a fishing village located at the foot of the Peñón de San Patricio and next to the mouth of the Rambla de Santa Catalina.
Located at the foot of a hill crowned by the Torre de Cautor, the gray-sandy beach of La Mamola is characterised by eight jetties. Its seafront has several restaurants, bars and hotels.
Castillo de Baños
It is the beach of the village that owes its name to an 18th century castle, Castillo del Baños de Arriba. The 300 m long beach is made of a mixture of black sand, pebbles and gravel.
Castell de Ferro
Castell de Ferro, a coastal village in the municipality of Gualchos, offers a stretch of sand that stretches several hundred metres eastwards from the tip of Tajo Justo.
A long sea promenade borders the municipal campsite and the beach which, interspersed with vegetation, is dominated by a watchtower.
Playa La Rijana
Renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Tropical, Playa La Rijana is located between Castell de Ferro and Calahonda, 20 km from Motril.
Made of black sand and gravel, La Rijana, whose clear waters favour diving, stretches for a few dozen metres into a small cove protected by low cliffs. Accessible only on foot, the beach is 200 metres from the car park on the N-340.
A seaside resort located 13 km east of Motril, Calahonda has an urban beach of black sand 1400 meters long.
Sheltered between the peaks of Cerro Gordo and Carchuna o del Llano, the clear and deep waters of Calahonda are ideal for diving.
To the west of Punta Carchuna or del Llano, the immense beach of Carchuna extends continuously for several kilometres to the residential village of La Chucha, the northernmost town on the Costa Tropical.
Located in Motril, west of the Cabo Sacratif, Torrenueva has a particularly busy beach in summer. Black sand on nearly 1700 meters, the beach is doubled by a promenade dominated by high buildings.
The most important seaside resort on the Costa Tropical, Mortil’s microclimate provides it with tropical vegetation. There are sugar cane, pomegranates, bananas…
Its beaches of Poniente, Puerto and Azucenas concentrate a large number of seaside and sporting activities. An artistic and cultural heritage completes the tourist offer of the city.
Salobreña’s 2500 metres of beaches, interspersed with the Peñon de Salobreña, lie at the foot of an old Hispano-Muslim castle built on a rocky spur from which the peaks of the Sierra Nevada can be seen in the distance.
From the mouth of the Guadalfeo river to the Peñon, the beach is bordered by a long promenade, the Paseo Marítimo. A children’s amusement park is located between the city centre and the Nostrum Playa seaside district.
Almuñecar is a seaside town located in the extreme west of the Costa Tropical, 90 km south-west of Granada. It lives mainly from tourism and tropical fruit crops.
Several rocky promontories make up the coast of Almuñecar in three entities, each with a long beach of gravel and sand: Almuñecar, Velilla-Taramay and La Herradura to the west.
On this coast of coves and coves, the Playa San Cristóbal, located at the foot of the Peñones de San Cristóbal, is the main beach of the city.
It should be noted that since 2017 Almuñecar is one of the few seaside towns in Granada that has banned agricultural greenhouses from its coastal landscapes.
Velilla, part of the municipality of Amulñecar, offers a long beach of about 1500 m. A water park, Aquatropic Water Park, welcomes water play enthusiasts above the beach that extends west to the beach of Amuñecar. Paragliding is one of the sporting activities that distinguishes the seaside resort.
A few kilometres west of Amuñecar, La Herradura is home to Amuñecar’s marina, the Puerto Deportivo Marina del Este. Equipped with numerous coves and rocky points, La Herradura has become an essential place for scuba diving in the region.
As for the beach, it extends along the Paseo Andrès Segovia in the shelter of the Punta de la Mona.