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The Costa Tropical and its Resorts, Granada, Spain

The Costa Tropical, situated between the Costa del Sol of Malaga and the Costa de Almeria, is a priviledged strip of coastline which boasts the very best conditions and attractions necessary to provide an excellent holiday. Its situation on the Mediterranean, its closeness to Africa and to the Sierra Nevada, with the highest peaks on the Peninsula, protect the Costa Tropical from the cold northerly winds, creating a subtropical micro-climate, with 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of around 20ºC, where all kinds of tropical fruit is grown in its lush valleys. Cliffs, coves and long beaches make up the landscape of this coveted coastline, conquered by numerous civilisations. Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs have fought over it and left behind traces of their cultures.


La Herradura


In Torrenueva there are small shops and plenty of bars and restaurants around with locally caught fish to sample.





Carchuna has a wide beach and clear waters and lies at the foot of the mountain range of the same name. The castle built in 1783 by Charles III dominates the pueblo; there is also a site with Prehistoric paintings of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Next to Almuñécar is the pretty village and horseshoe-shaped bay of La Herradura and another large natural promontory,Cerro Gordo, which marks the end of the municipality and province. Inland, the approximately 80 km² municipality rises into the hills which form an impressive backdrop to the coast. Farmhouses and small hamlets dot the area overlooked by the Peña Escrita natural park.



Almuñécar and its handsome Moorish castle sit on a small hill between the mouths of two rivers - the Río Seco and the larger Río Verde. The latter runs through Almuñécar's Tropical Valley, a fertile area of mainly subtropical fruit orchards that line the valley floor and climb the terraced hillsides. To the west of the town lies the Punta de la Mona, a pineclad headland sheltering the attractive Marina del Este sports port and home to a number of luxury urbanisations.


The jewel of the Costa Tropical Salobrena is a whitewashed township clinging to huge

lump of rock just back from the shoreline, topped by a Moorish castle and surrounded by lush sugar cane plantations.

A mere 45 minutes from Granada, and just over an hour to the Sierra Nevada, Salobrena is also ideally situated for exploring the Alpujarra, some forty minutes away. From October to April, you could be in the happy position of being able to ski during the day and return to sunbathe on Salobrena's long, clean beach in the evening. In the heat, it can be an exhausting climb to the top of the old town, but it's well worth the effort. From various viewpoints, you can drink in the rugged landscape of the Sierra del Chaparral which cradles the town to the back, while under the cliffs are orchards of sub-tropical fruit trees and expanses of sugar cane spreading to the shoreline. The tiny village of La Caleta directly to the west houses the last sugar factory in Europe.



Calahonda (deep cove) lies at the other end of the bay from Motril protected from the east winds by a massive rock wall, the waters are very deep hence the name of the pueblo.


Castell de Ferro


Castillo de Baños

Photograph by Danny Briggs

Castillo de Baños (Castle of Baths) is a small village close to La Mamola. It has a Restaurant serving a great selection of fresh fish and seafood, plus cooling drinks , wines and sprits and a small supermarket. It is also where the area's main Camping Site is situated, which has a swimming pool and Bar/Restaurant. The town's excellent sub-tropical climate makes it possible to enjoy more than 2.5kms of beaches at La Mamola and Castillo de Baños all year round. Castillo de Banos is untouched by tourism and comprises a the older Spanish houses and the new built apartments, centred on a pine bordered beach. Visitors to Castillo de Baño will soon be able to enjoy visiting the Centro de Interpretación de las Defensas de la Costa Granadina ( Center for the Interpretation of Granada's Coastal Defenses). 


La Mamola

La Mamola is a town located on the

Los Yesos

This is a small hamlet that is gradually being brought back to life. Around 12-15 years ago there was only 2 inhabitants, however now existing ruins are being reformed and new cortijos are being built in the surrounding area. Although the village has no amenities, within a short 5 min drive you can find the coastal village of La mamola where all supplies can be obtained.



The Village has 1 supermarket and 1 bar, but all amenities can be found only a 3 minute drive away. This village will eventually expand its amenities as it grows in size. The people in this village are extremely friendly and you can really mix and enjoy the company of a small friendly traditionally Spanish village.
The beach in this Village has changing rooms which are open in the height of the season. Our opinion is that this is a safe place to allow small children to play in a safe and sound environment.



La Rabita

The Beach of La Rabita has a childrens play area, Spanish tapas bars and restaurants. The resort also has dentist,doctors, and many supermarkets. La Rabita is an up and coming beach resort very popular all year round due the climate of the Costa Tropical.


seashore, under the protection of the Torre de Cautor (The Tower,16century), which has an undeniable historical value and is easily accessible for a visit.

The Playa de La Mamola (La Mamola Beach) offers clean waters, with several jetties for fishing, Bars, Restaurants, Small Supermarkets, Bakers, Fishmongers, Gift Shops, Post Office, Tobacconist, Hardware Store, Chemist, Doctors Surgery & Bank with Cash Machine. The Mountain and Maritime character of the area offer a variety of delicious foods that include the best that both the land and the sea have to offer.


Small whitewashed coastal village close to Castillo de Baños. There are a lot of new apartments been built there and construction is going on for more.There is a small beach and one Cafe/Bar which is called Nico's and is excellent.

El Lance

Very small community with little beach and a bar on the old coastal road up from Castell de Ferro

Castell de Ferro, a typical coastal village, has anArab-origin castle-fortress in the center,a witness to the historical past ofthis part of the Costa Tropical. In the winter months the population of the village is around 3,000 however in the summer months this increases to approximately 6,000. Castell village centers around a main square where most of the towns activities take place although in summer months activities stretch all along the sea front of Castell). In this square there are a number of little bars and restaurants which generate a lively atmosphere to the area. All the local amenities are situated within walking distance of the square, whether it be the 3 local supermarkets, newspaper shops, ironmongery, tobacconist & delicatessen.
The weekly market can be found each Saturday opposite the main village square, although in summer months this is moved further down the promenade to a different site (due to the size of the market). The Promenade in Castell de Ferro stretches some 2 miles in length. The beach here is mainly pebbles, however in some stretches on the west side of the beach, sand can be found.
This is still a very traditional village on the coast and remains largely Spanish speaking and untouched by tourism. Nightlife is low profile and mainly centers around the bars and restaurants, however in the summer there are a number of discos (but these are within walking distance but away from the centre).