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 four areas from Almuñécar in the west to La Rábita in the east.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a good hotel in Salobreña, check out Hotel Miba – set back from the front but with great views from the sun terrace and a fantastic pool.
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.
Hotel Embarcadero de Calahonda is a highly rated beachfront hotel with great views of the sea and Calahonda Marina.
Eastern Costa Tropical
The eastern end of Granada’s Costa Tropical extends from Castell de Ferro to the most westerly beach of La Rábita.
This stunning stretch of coastline offers a number of beaches from popular urban beaches to secluded coves and nudist spots.
In Castell de Ferro exceptional apartments Primera linea de Playa Castell de Ferro are located right on the beachfront.
Pebbles on the beach
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Find a beach on the Costa Tropical
We’ve travelled up and down the Granada coast in search of the best beaches – we’ve tested the waters and sampled the menus of many a chirringuito. Find a beach to suit you below.