The Costa Tropical has a unique and rugged coastline. This Spanish Costa lies in the Province of Granada in southern Spain. Part of the massive region of Andalucia, the Costa Tropical lies east of the Costa del Sol.
This area of Spain is more lush and green than the neighbouring province of Malaga for example. The excellent micro-climate is due to the shielding mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The climate here yields mild winters and warm summers.
Covering an area or 400 square miles, the Costa Tropical has a population of 120,000 inhabitants.
The Costa Tropical & Sierra Nevada
This lesser known Costa has the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Running for much of its length and in many places reaching right to the waters edge.
This mountain range also acts as a rain and moisture trap. The water runoff feeds the fertile valleys and agricultural zones. This same water runoff gives the area a green and tropical landscape. Hence the name Costa Tropical.
The bustling seaside town of Motril is the largest on the Costa Tropical. Unlike the tourist orientated towns and cities of the neighbouring Costa del Sol. This town does not rely on tourism to boost it’s economy. Motril enjoys a thriving agricultural and fishing industry.
Motril is great for visiting holidaymakers for two reasons. The first being its beaches and attractions are less crowded. The second is the town’s cafes, tapas bars and restaurants.
These establishments always have plenty of fresh produce and seafood to choose from. The local produce goes into the fine cuisine offered in the many eateries in town. Such is the bounty of Motril’s produce, most of the tapas bars can even afford to offer a free tapas with your drink order!
Bordered on either side by two rivers, Almuñecar is the top tourist destination on the Costa Tropical. With fantastic facilities, and miles of golden sand beaches, it’s easy to see why. Due to its position on a hill, the town’s streets and alleys are steep and windy. Unless you’re very unfit, this only adds to its charm.
The town’s main beach is Playa Costa Tropical. It’s also known as Puerta del Mar. This beach has a pleasant palm lined promenade. Here there are a good selection of cafes and beach bars
At one end of the beach is the Castle of San Miguel. This overlooks the delightful El Majuelo Park and Botanical Gardens. These gardens are also home to the ruins of the old Roman fish-salting factory. A large excavation is still visible in the town.