Itrabo of the
Costa Tropical in the
Granada province is a traditional small mountain
village located near the Mediterranean coast of southern Spain in the Andalucia
(Andalus) region. Itrabo is reasonbaly accessible by paved smaller roads that
connect with a major highway, N-340 described below.
Itrabo is near
Almeria, and is
readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical, Almuñécar:
- Itrabo is about a 50 minute drive due south of the city of Granada and
Granada airport. Driving from Granada and down the main N323 highway to the coast, take a
right turn after the town of Velez de Benaudalla just before getting to
is clearly marked.
- From Malaga, take the N-340 highway east towards the cities of Almuñécar,
Motril, and Almería. In just over an hour upon reaching Salobreña, take the N-323 highway
towards Granada. In a few kilometers look for the first left turn. Take this first left
turn and follow this road for about 15 minutes to Itrabo.
The nearest coast is at the Costa Tropical town of Salobreña. The larger town of Motril is
only 15 minutes from Itrabo, and the town of Almuñécar situated on the coast of the Costa
Tropical is only a little further down the road. In addition to the highway access,
Almuñécar is also accessible via the beautiful mountain road Sospiro de los Moros, a
stunning drive through winding mountain passes.
Itrabo is a beautiful small village of just over 1,000 residents clinging to the side of a mountain
on the main road that connects Motril via highway N-323 to the towns of Otivar and the majestic Sierra
de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain range.
The economy of the area surrounding Itrabo is agriculture-based, especially the cultivation of fruit.
Itrabo is a traditional Andalucian village made of small whitewashed houses and narrow streets winding
their way up the mountainside. The surroundings are rugged and mountainous, yet Itrabo is only a short
drive from the coast.
Itrabo has many hectares of vineyards, which produce its exquisite wines, famous in the whole of
Andalucia. The mosto wine is of such high quality that local Itrabo producers compete in an annual
wine festival at which all the different wines can be tasted, and the prize for best mosto of the
year is awarded. The Itrabo wine is accompanied by bread baked in the traditional manner, in wood-fired
ovens, and with traditional pastries.
Itrabo has numerous old monuments such as the Parochial Church Nuestra Señora del Carmen constructed in
the XVI century and has been well preserved. Itrabo has a small hermitage where according to local legend
a virgin appeared centuries ago. The town appears much as it did in the Moorish times of al-Andalus, over
500 years ago. The main places of interest here are the Parochial Church, the hermitage of the Virgen de la
Salud, and the ancient fountain Carenata.
At the top of Itrabo is a dirt road that is great for hiking up into the mountains, which winds past
imposing limestone outcroppings. interesting old ruins, and the Catarata del Paraíso (Paradise Falls).
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