in the Costa Tropical!
The Costa Tropical consists of four (4) main villages; Almuñecar, La Herradura, Salobreña and Motril. We have also included Nerja in this website because of its proximity and likeness to our area. Nerja is actually a part of the Costa del Sol, but it is located only 5 minutes from the Costa Tropical.
You can also find some good information on the nearby city of Granada.
The Costa Tropical towns are located on the southern coast of Spain, between the Costa del Sol and the Costa Almeria. The driving time between Nerja and Motril, the towns on either end of the Costa Tropical, is about 30 minutes. Almuñecar, the Costa Tropical’s most popular town, is a 45 minute drive from the cities of Malaga to the west and Granada to the North. All five (5) of the towns listed above sit right on the Mediterranean Sea with the Sierra Nevada Mountain range rising behind them, creating the only totally protected and sub-tropical area on the southern coast.
Explore the Costa Tropical Towns
Almuñecar, not the largest but the most popular of the Costa Tropical towns, is located between La Herradura and Salobreña. You will find the greatest number of restaurants and hotels here and the most numerous beaches. In the off seasonal months, Almuñecar’s permanent year round population stands at around 23,000, but balloons to almost 100,000 during July and August. This makes the area a wonderful retreat for those who appreciate quiet and tranquility during most of the year, and a wonderful hub of activity, music and excitement during the summer months. There is much to see and do in Almuñecar; for more detailed information on this town visit the Almuñecar section.
La Herradura is the smallest of the Costa Tropical towns and is an appendage of neighboring Almuñecar. It is a much quieter place, much like a sleepy seaside fishing village, although again, the summer months bring many visitors and the little town comes to life. Many say that La Herradura is the most picturesque of the 4 villages. It is so named “La Herradura” or “horseshoe” because of its beautiful horseshoe shaped bay which is surrounded on both sides by two points, Punta de la Mona and Cerro Gordo. Each point is capped with an ancient torre, or watch tower. To learn more about La Herradura, visit our La Herradura section.
Driving past Almuñecar to the east, you will come across the next town in the Costa Tropical, Salobreña. As you make your way along the curvy N-340 highway, suddenly a breathtaking view will appear; an ancient white washed village clinging to the cliffs and crowned with a remarkable Moorish castle. The village of Salobreña has been built upon a large rock formation that sits in the middle of a sugar cane plantation right on the Mediterranean Sea. Take some time to explore this unique place with its winding alleys, flowered walks and spotless beaches. Be sure to tour the old Moorish castle and the Iglesias de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. For more information on Salobreña, visit our Salobreña section.
Motril is the final town along the Costa Tropical highway and is the most industrial of the four (4) towns. It is the most densely populated town with about 51,000 inhabitants and has a very impressive commercial center. In recent years the area has enjoyed a vibrant economic boom due to its very active port where tropical fruits and vegetables are shipped from here to all parts of the world. Cruise ships are also making regular appearances here. For more information on Motril and its offerings, please visit the Motril section.
The last town covered by this website is Nerja. Nerja is located at the eastern most end of the Costa del Sol, about 5 minutes from La Herradura. It is a very popular tourist stop and for good reason. The town boasts a wonderful shopping district, beautiful beaches, panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline and an endless selection of hotels, restaurants and bars. Must sees include the famous Balcon de Europa, a lookout that extends from the town out over the sea and the unimaginable Nerja caves, just outside of town. The smaller neighboring towns of Frigiliana and Maro are also worth a visit. For more information on Nerja, please visit our Nerja section.