There are tenths of beaches and small inlets of crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 20 degrees.
These are the credentials of the Tropical Coast, the 80 kilometres of coast of the Granada province. It owes its name to the exceptional good weather along the year. Two centuries ago, it became the only place in Europe where subtropical fruits such as mango, cherimoya, avocado and papaya could be cultivated. Fruits that evoke exotic flavours and places but, in fact, they are grown in one of the most privileged corners of Andalucía.
Nineteen towns form the “Tropic of Europe”. Founded by the Phoenicians one thousand years before Christ with the name of Sexi, Almuñécar is a place full of history that maintains the remains of a roman factory of a salted-fish business, five sections of an aqueduct and an Arab castle. This touristy area hosts a great jazz festival in the summer.
Motril is the biggest city of the province after Granada. Among its monuments stands out the Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación an the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, built over the old recreational palace of the Aixa queen, mother of Boabdil, the last king of the Nasrid dynasty.
Salobreña becomes, in the visitors mind, a huge mountain of sugar lumps. Its little white squared houses whirled in front of the sea surrounding a hill, topped with a monumental Arab castle. At a glance from the top we can contemplate delightful panoramic views of Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean Sea and the fertile plain.
Next these places we find a great number of small and quiet inlets placed in Albuñol, Castell de Ferro-Gualchos and La Mamola-Polopos. Near you can find the towns of Albondón, Ítrabo, Jete, Lentejí, Los Guájares, Lújar, Molvízar, Murtas, Otívar, Rubite, Sorvilán, Turón and Vélez de Benaudalla, surrounded by an exuberant nature.
Apart from sea and culture, the Tropical Coast offers a great number of possibilities such as golf, paragliding, trekking in the villages which are located inland, scuba-diving in the rich depths of Cerro Gordo and the nautical sports that have their centre at the marina of Marina del Este (Almuñecar) and the Club Náutico of Motril.
The tropical fruits can be tasted in salads or desserts, in a cuisine that has not lack of rock fish like muttonfish or bream and seafood like shrimp. And, with coffee, we can taste the rum that is made in the area as well.