Costa Tropical

Granada’s coastal area has dozens of beaches and small coves with crystal-clear water, 320 sunny days a year and an average temperature of 20 degrees. These are the basic facts that sum up the 73 kilometres of tropical coastline in the province of Granada, which gets its name from the exceptionally good weather it enjoys all year round. Two centuries ago, this was the only place in Europe where subtropical fruits such as mangos, cherimoyas, avocados and papayas could be grown. These are fruits that evoke exotic flavours and places but, in fact, they are grown in Europe, in one of the most privileged corners of Andalucía.

Nineteen towns make up the “European Tropics”. Almuñécar, founded by the Phoenicians in 1000BC and given the name Sexi, is a place full of history that still has the remains of a Roman salted-fish factory and a fantastic jazz festival in the summer.

Motril is the town with the highest population in the province of Granada, after Granada itself. Its most impressive monuments include the Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación church and the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, built on the site of the palace of Queen Aixa, mother of last king of the Nasrid dynasty, Boabdil.

Salobreña looks like a huge mountain made of sugar lumps. Its little square white houses are dotted around the hill topped with a monumental Arab castle, overlooking the sea. From the top of the hill you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean Sea and the plains below.

Near the beaches there are a number of small and quiet coves such as Albuñol, Castell de Ferro-Gualchos and La Mamola-Polopos. Nearby you will find the towns of Albondón, Ítrabo, Jete, Lentejí, Los Guájares, Lújar, Molvízar, Murtas, Otívar, Rubite, Sorvilán, Turón and Vélez de Benaudalla, each one located in a beautiful natural setting.

Apart from beaches and culture, you can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities in Granada’s Costa Tropical. These include golf, paragliding, trekking in the inland villages and scuba diving in the depths of Cerro Gordo. And in Marina del Este (Almuñécar) and the Club Náutico in Motril you can take part in all kinds of nautical sports.

The local food in the area is delicious; here you can enjoy all kinds of tropical fruits in salads or desserts, many different types of seafood such as muttonfish, bream and shrimp. Why not also try a drop of two of our locally crafted rums in your coffee to finish your meal?


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Ermita de San Antonio


Located in the northern part of Motril, this chapel dates back to 1679 and is built in baroque style. It was at this time that the people of the town prayed to Saint Antonyto cure them of a devastating plague [...]

Iglesia de los Capuchinos


This is an interesting architectural style of this holy order, which was built in the second half of the 17th century. It is built in austere Mudejar style, and is made up of a single undecorated nave and choir stalls [...]

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Vélez de Benaudalla/Monuments

This church was built in the 18th century on the site of another church dedicated to Saint Antonio, the patron of the town. It was designed by Ventura Rodríguez, who drew upon neoclassic inspiration that was very popular at that [...]

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario


The church was built in the 17th century. Inside there is a statue of the Virgin del Rosario, patron saint of Rubite, dating back to the 16th century, still wearing its original 16th century clothes.

Iglesia de San José

La Herradura/Monuments

This church became the parochial church of La Herradura in 1907. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the town.

Iglesia del Carmen


This church was first built in 1538. It was built on the site of the Ermita de San Roque, which had been erected in honour of the victims that had died of the plague. The cross on the front façade [...]

Iglesia del Rosario


Built on the site of a Muslim mosque, this church is an example of the Mudejar style (16th century). The original roof was made of coffered wood that burned down in 1821, when the interior of the church had to [...]

Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion


This church was built between 1510 and 1514 on the site of the old Alixara Mosque, in an area to the north of the Moorish town centre. Its construction was the work the master craftsman from Granada, Alonso Márquez. He [...]


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