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The Costa Tropical is located in the colourful and warm south of Spain, in the region of Andalucía and more specifically in the province of Granada. Apart from the Alhambra Palace and the Sierra Nevada mountains, the province of Granada is famous because here you receive free tapas with any drink. This is a great way to sample the delicious local food.
Salobreña, Almuñécar and La Herradura are part of the still relatively virgin Costa Tropical. The appeal of the Costa Tropical in general is that they haven’t been spoiled by overdevelopment and mass tourism. The Spanish character has been preserved here. This Spanish coast doesn’t have the international reputation of some of its coastal neighbours on the Costa del Sol, such as Marbella or even Nerja, but it’s an ideal holiday destination for the discerning tourist and for people looking for a (second) home in Spain. These beautiful villages are less crowded, less urbanised, and much cheaper in comparison to the Costa del Sol, but they offer the same pleasant micro-climate and even nicer beaches thanks to its rugged coastline.
The climate is considered subtropical, hence the name “Costa Tropical”, with an average annual temperature between 18º (in winter) and 28º (in summer) and more than 325 days a year of sun. Thanks to the Sierra Nevada, the Costa Tropical is protected from the Northern wind in winter, while in summer the cool sea breeze softens the high temperatures typical for southern Spain. Given these climatic conditions, it is not surprising that even exotic tropical fruits are grown here, which are unique throughout Europe, such as cherimoya, mango, and avocado.
The Costa Tropical is one of the less developed and less known destinations amongst all Spanish costas. It offers 75 kilometres of coastline and stretches from the natural Park Cerro Gordo on the west to La Rábita on the east. It has 17 municipalities in total, some of them are inland, located in a surprising enclave between tropical valleys and mountains, like Jete, Molvízar and Ítrabo. Others are located along the coastline, like Motril, Salobreña, Almuñécar and La Herradura, which are the four most important towns of the Coast of Granada.
The Coast of Granada has been a strategic point between Europe and Africa throughout history. There are many ruins and ancient heritage from the times of the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors, which are definitely worth a visit. At the same time, there are also many beaches and tranquil coves with crystal clear waters to discover. If you want a relaxing vacation, good beaches, blue skies, sun, a wealth of leisure activities and a taste of the real Spain then you’ve come to the right place.
Enjoy the Costa Tropical its peaceful surroundings and the pretty countryside of Valle de Lecrín, Valle de Río Verde, Los Guájares and Las Alpujarras – to name just a few –, while being close to the cities of Granada, Málaga and Almería, and at the same time a stone's throw away from the mountain range of Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada offers great hikes and horseback riding in the summer and good skiing in winter. As it is close to the coast, you can ski in the morning and relax on the beach in the afternoon. This is one of the things that makes the Costa Tropical of Granada so special. From skiing to golf, (paddle) tennis, football, mountain biking and fishing, along with air sports like paragliding, and water sports like stand-up paddle, windsurf and kitesurf, they are all within easy reach of the Costa Tropical de Granada.