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The Costa Tropical is that part of the province of Granada (Andalucia region) that touches the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated between the better known Costa del Sol of the Malaga province and the Costa de Almería.


Along the water, from west to east, it begins at La Herradura and ends with Albuñol. Stretching northward, it ends at the base of the Alpujarra mountains on the east/ northeast side (Albondon), and Dúrcal and Padul at the edge of the Lecrin Valley. Its terrain is varied: from softly rounded seaside roads to rugged moutainous hills. The views can be romantic and peaceful as the sun sets on the sea, or splendidly exhilarating from atop a mountain village. Geographically located close to Africa and as well as the Sierra Nevada, it is protected from cold northerly winds and results in a unique climate zone. Its climate varies greatly from a more tolerable range along the coast (about 10º - 20º cooler in summer, 10º-20º warmer in winter) to more severe summers and winters elsewhere. Together with approximately 320 days of sunshine yearly and an average temperature of 20ºC, this strip of coastline is indeed special.



The combination of its micro-climate ("micro-clima"), tropical vegetation, geographical and topographical aspects, and its rich, multi-cultural (Phoenician, Roman, Greek, and Arab) history make the Costa Tropical one of the most interesting areas of Spain, and of Andalucia in particular. And unlike the better known Costa del Sol where the 21st century has already arrived, the Costa Tropical is still very Spanish, and yes, still living in the 20th century. Its people are warm, friendly and family-loving.....qualities that are fast disappearing. Once you have visited this part of the world, you will probably be back again....and again....and maybe stay for good like so many others have already.

The main towns where businesses are centered are: Almuñécar, Salobreña, Motril, Castell de Ferro. Moving inland a bit, we find secondary pockets of industry in Jete, Otivar, Padul, Lecrin, and Velez de Benaudalla. Largely due to the tourism business based on windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing, golf, horse-riding, and hiking as well as skiing in the nearby Sierra Nevada, even smaller towns are becoming more recognized as places to visit.


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