Costa Tropical

Palms trees - A Familiar Site on The Costa Tropical © iStock
Palms trees just jumping out oof the beach - A Familiar Site on The Costa Tropical

The Costa Tropical

The Costa Tropical of Granada province consists of particularly picturesque beaches, and is far less crowded than its popular neighbour, the Costa del Sol.

The Costa Tropical is the name given to the coastline of Granada province, it is located just to the east of Nerja and the popular Costa del Sol. This stretch of coastline was given its’ name due to the effects of a micro climate that gives the weather characteristics of a sub tropical environment.

Along much of the Costa Tropical, mountains run right down to the beach forming a series of stunning headlands and protected coves and beaches, the horseshoe shaped bay at La Herradura is a lovely unspoilt example. Due to such a feature, this coastline is very popular among climbers and hikers alike, not to mention those visiting to turn their hand to one of the many sports and water sports this coast is famous for.

In coves east of Punta de la Mona, water sports and scuba diving are popular, thanks to the variety of sea life and clarity of the water.

The white village of Salobreña is worth a visit. Here you will be torn between visiting the moorish castle and the beach. The successful survival of sugar cane plantations here confirms the name Costa Tropical.

Almuñécar is one of the largest towns on the Costa Tropical and not surprisingly is host to a number of excellent attractions, well worth a visit, like the San Miguel Castle, for example.

To the east of Costa Tropical is Costa de Almeria.

Destinations on Costa Tropical

The jewel of the Costa Tropical, Salobreña 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… More →

Enjoying a beautiful setting, this pretty village overlooks a picturesque horseshoe-shaped bay which is famous for its crystal-clear waters, sheltered beach, and excellent watersports facilities,… More →

Motril is the largest town on the Costa tropical with 50,000 inhabitants. Is it a commercial town that benefits from the tropical fruit and flower producers in the area. The town of Motril is… More →

Becoming increasingly popular among foreign residents. It is an attractive coastal resort town that is particularly popular in the summer with Spanish holiday makers. The interesting seafront… More →

Torrenueva Costa is a municipal district created in 2 October 2018 and formerly part of Motril. It has three districts called El Varadero, La Chucha and Carchuna. The name of Torrenueva is… More →

Not to be confused with Calahonda beach which is situated between Marbella and Fuengirola, Calahonda is a beautiful old fishing village on the Costa Tropical. Although Calahonda is considered to… More →

Itrabo is located in the Costa Tropical is a perfect destination for lovers of rural tourism, as well as those seeking small villages that have preserved their traditions and heritage.

This village is well-known by climbers, as it has some of the best spots to practice this sport. One example is the Garganta de los Vados, in the Guadalfeo river gorge. Nature lovers will also… More →

As with other villages in this coastal area of Granada province, Polopos is formed by various different areas: Castillo de Baños, La Mamola, Haza del Lino, Haza del Trigo, La Guapa and Polopos.… More →

There are two main attractions to this village located between the Baja Alpujarra and the Costa Tropical: its natural environment, ideal for outdoor sports; and its village centre, in typical… More →

The village of Molvízar is especially attractive for tourists searching for a typically Spanish town which has managed to preserve its Morisco roots; it has twice won the Embellecimiento de… More →

The village of Jete is located inland from the Costa Tropical in Granada province, and has become a popular destination for rural tourism. It is to the south of the Sierra de Almijara, and its… More →

Like its neighbouring villages Jete and Otivar, Lentejí is located inland from the Costa Tropical, tucked away in the southern part of the Sierra de Almijara mountains and protected by the river… More →

This Granada municipality is made up of two areas, Gualchos and Castell de Ferro, is especially interesting for its natural environment; the main attractions are the beaches and cliffs.

This village is comprised of three areas: Albuñol, inland, and La Rábita and El Pozuelo on the coast. It has become a popular destination with those searching for sun and beach, as well as those… More →

Los Guajáres is comprised of three small villages: Guájar Faragüit, Guájar Fondón and Guájar Alto. The area is located in a small, beautiful subtropical valley, formed by the river Loba. Its name… More →

See and Do in The Costa Tropical

This vast aviary is a fascinating place to visit in Almuñecar. A tropical bird park opened in 1987, it's home to 1500 birds, representing 120 different species, with an emphasis on the exotic -… More →

If you would like a unique and unforgettable travel experience in Malaga or Andalucia, then a helicopter flight is a great option. Helicopter flights and aerial services can be organised for both… More →

This exceptionally pretty yet little-known marina, one of the most attractive in the whole Mediterranean, is located in the small seaside town of La Herradura. The port is situated on the eastern… More →

The aqueduct was built by the Romans during their reign over parts of Andalucia. The aqueduct would have served, not only as a valuable supply of fresh water to the town's population, but also… More →

Situated on a mound overlooking Almuñécar and with views across the Mediterranean, the San Miguel Castle made for an excellent defensive stronghold. The castle is said to date back to the… More →

The Costa Tropical was given its' name due to the unique tropical micro climate that exists in this part of Andalucia. This climate is an ideal environment for the growth of subtropical plants,… More →

The Costa Tropical is made up of the coastline of Granada Province. Moorish influence is clear across the province, especially in Granada city, where much of the cities' architecture remains true… More →

Take a look at what beaches have been awarded a Blue Flag status on the Costa Tropical. Destinations are listed along the coast from West to East.

Motril's coastal strip has several beaches, the two closest to the town itself being Playa Granada and Playa Poniente. The latter is better developed, but the area is not aesthetic enough for… More →

The Costa Tropical boasts some magnificent beaches and the town of Almuñécar is no exception, here is the list going from west to east. Playa del Cotobro, a lovely beach to the west of Almuñécar… More →

Coastal property for sale on the Costa Tropical, Andalucia. The Costa Tropical, which runs from the popular resort town of Nerja in the west through La Herradura and the charming towns of… More →

The least well-known of the Costas, probably because the name is a recent creation for the coastline of Granada Province. Nevertheless it should not be overlooked. It is characterised by mountains… More →

If your idea of the perfect beach is quiet and undiscovered, then why not choose a hotel on the less-known Costa Tropical? Stretching along the coast of Granada province, backed by the Alpujarra… More →

Aqua Tropic water park is a good size water park with plenty of shady areas for parents to keep watch. This is the only saltwater water park in Spain, which means fewer chemicals. This park isn't… More →

This is a beautiful golf course located next to the sea, and within easy reach of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This situation provides spectacular views of sea and mountain.

This is a… More →

Book Hotels on Costa Tropical

Villa Diego

Located in Almuñécar, Villa Diego features accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. This bed and breakfast offers a garden as well as a terrace.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the property.

Villa cotobro

Boasting an outdoor pool and a Turkish bath, Villa cotobro offers accommodation set in Almuñécar, 33 km from Torre del Mar.

There is a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer.

A continental breakfast is available every morning at the bed and breakfast.

Villa cotobro offers a sun terrace.


Situated in Almuñécar, 200 metres from San Cristobal Beach, CHINASOL Low Cost features accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. Boasting a concierge service, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace.

Casa del pinos

Featuring garden views, Casa del pinos in Almuñécar features accommodation, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. The accommodation has a spa bath.

For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge.

Casa Esmeralda

Set in Almuñécar, 700 metres from La Herradura Beach and 1.1 km from Cotobro Beach, Casa Esmeralda offers accommodation with air conditioning and access to a garden with a barbecue.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Casa Esmeralda offers a terrace.

B&B El Oasis

Boasting air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace, B&B El Oasis is set in Almuñécar. The property is 37 km from Torrox Costa and free private parking is offered.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Guests can relax in the garden at the property.

Casa El Ranchito

Featuring garden views, Casa El Ranchito provides accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a shared lounge, around 1.6 km from Pozuelo Beach. This bed and breakfast features a private pool, a garden and free private parking.

Hotel Goya

Set 50 metres from Almuñecar’s San Cristóbal Beach, Hotel Goya features an interior patio and rooms with balconies and free Wi-Fi. It is within 10 minutes’ walk of cafés, bars and restaurants.

Each air-conditioned room at Hotel Goya has a TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a private balcony or terrace.

Hotel Victoria Centro

Hotel Victoria Centro is located on Plaza Damasco, in the historic quarter of Almuñécar, 250 metres from Puerta del Mar Beach and the seafront promenade. It offers rooms with air conditioning.

There are plenty of tapas bars and restaurants in the area, as well as a shopping centre. There are 2 public car parks within 300 metres away.

Hotel Playa San Cristóbal

Facing the beachfront, Hotel Playa San Cristóbal offers 1-star accommodation in Almuñécar and has a shared lounge, terrace and bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and an ATM, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is non-smoking and is set 90 metres from Puerta del Mar Beach.

Casa Chica

Located in Almuñécar, within 300 metres of La Herradura Beach, Casa Chica offers accommodation with air conditioning. This beachfront property offers access to a patio, free private parking and free WiFi.

Hotel Salambina

Situated in Salobreña, 1.2 km from Playa del Caletón, Hotel Salambina features accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a restaurant. This 1-star hotel offers room service, a tour desk and free WiFi. Guests can have a drink at the bar.

Hotel Salobreña Suites

Situated on top of a cliff, Hotel Salobreña Suites has views over the sea and the village of Salobreña, 3 km away. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free public parking is available on site.

Rooms feature a flat-screen TV. The bathroom comes with free toiletries and bath or shower.

Casa del Azucar

41 km from Balcony of Europe, Casa del Azucar is situated in Motril and features free WiFi and express check-in and check-out. The property has pool and inner courtyard views. Outdoor seating allows guests to sit outside and enjoy the good weather.

Hotel Muñoz

Hotel Muñoz is located on the outskirts of Motril and offers easy access to the E15 Motorway. It features a restaurant, terrace and free Wi-Fi.

Each of the simply decorated rooms at Hotel Muñoz has air conditioning, heating, a TV and a private bathroom.

Map of Provinces and Coasts

Map of the provinces and coasts of Andalucia