La Rábita of the
Costa Tropical in the Granada province is a traditional small fishing
village located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the Andalucia (Andalus) region,
east of the cities of Motril and
Almuńécar along the N-340 highway and about a one-hour
drive from the cities of
Granada and Malaga. La Rábita is easily accessible by main highway.
La Rábita is near
Almeria, and is
readily accessible from the heart of the Costa Tropical, Almuńécar:
- From Granada, take the major N-323 highway to the coast. Once at the Costa
Tropical town of
Salobreńa, take a left on the principal Costa Tropical highway N-340 heading
east towards Motril and Almeria. In about 30 minutes, there will be exit signs for La Rábita.
- From Malaga, take the N-340 highway going east towards Almuńécar, Motril,
and Almeria. About 35 minutes after passing the Motril (located east of Almuńécar and Salobreńa),
look for the exit signs for La Rábita.
La Rábita, a small Costa Tropical village of just over 1500 year-round inhabitants, is located on the
La Rábita is named after the Ribat or fortress-monastery, built during the Nasrid period of Arab
or Moorish domination. This settlement was an important strategic point of defense along the
coast. In the area surrounding the castle the population of La Rábita grew, and in the XVIII
century the Watch Towers of Punta Negra, Rabita and Huarea were constructed, with which the
marine defense of this town was fortified and extended. Presently, the better conserved tower
is the Torre de la Rábita or Tower of the Rábita. A viewing of the summer dusk is very rewarding
from this tower. Another attraction in La Rábita is the Parochial Church of Nuestra Seńora de
la Natividad de la Virgen, in whose main altar there is a great altarpiece that shows the
images of San Isidro, San Antonio, the Virgin of the Sea and San Juan, among others.
There is an interesting open-air market held in La Rábita every Friday. In addition there
are many interesting fairs, festivals and circuses that visit La Rábita the whole year round.
La Rábita is on the easternmost edge of the Costa Tropical and borders on the
a desert area that offers incredible attractions of its own. Access information on the Almería
province for more recommended tourist destinations.
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