If you are headed for the Costa Tropical there are plenty of great hotels to choose from.
Situated between the Costa Almería and the better known Costa del Sol, this beautiful stretch of coastline boasts many great beaches ideal for swimming and water sports, including a few with ‘Blue Flag’* status near Motril. For more information check our Best Beaches section.
To make it easier we have broken the coastline down into three sections. For a bit more information on each area click on the +/- toggle buttons below.
If you are coming from the direction of Granada the first coastal town that you will reach is Salobreña.
The Old Town, a typical cluster of whitewashed houses, sits on top of a rocky prominence looking out across the sea. Narrow, winding streets lead up to the 10th-century castle El Castillo De Salobreña. Below the new town spreads out towards the beach.
Salobreña’s famous rocky headland El Peñon juts out into the sea separating the two main beaches of Playa La Guardia and Playa de la Charca/Solamar from where the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada a clearly visible.
Salobreña sunset | Ospanacar
As you go east from Salobreña along the N-340 coastal road you reach the busy port of Motril, an important fishing and commercial centre, that boasts a golf club and some great beaches including Calahonda, Torre Nueva, Poniente, Playa Granada and La Joya.
If you are visiting in June, you can experience Noche de San Juan, when, on the night of 23/24 June, the Spanish celebrate all along the coast by camping out and lighting bonfires and burning effigies on the beaches. Traditionally people write three wishes on a piece of paper which they then throw into the fire and then they throw three negatives ideas into the sea to be washed away by the tide.
Calahonda Playa | GranadaSpain
Of all the stretches of the Costa Tropical, Almuñécar, which is only an hour from Málaga, is the most popular with visitors and boasts the most beaches.
From secluded coves like Barranco de En Medio and Curumbico to the large urban beaches of Puerta del Mar and San Cristobal there is something for everyone with plenty of hotels, apartments and rentals to choose from.
Cotobro beach, Almuñécar | GranadaSpain
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