Welcome to the breathtakingly beautiful Costa Tropical, or sometimes called Costa Granada or Costa Granadina. If you've never visited this part of Spain, now is the time!
Experience first-hand its pristine beaches, rugged cliffs and mountains, pretty white villages, rich Andalucian culture, and historic sites... There is something amazing for everyone to enjoy!
About the Costa Tropical
In the past, the Costa Tropical was commonly overlooked in favor of its neighboring coast, the Costa del Sol. But today, with easier access due to the new highway, cheaper prices, prettier beaches, and more natural surroundings, more and more people are flocking to this area.
The Granada coastline is made up of three mid-sized towns and many smaller white villages... but it's mostly associated with the town that sits at its center, Almuñécar, its sidekick La Herradura and their pretty neighbor Salobreña. The well-known white village of Nerja sits right on the border, just a 10-minute drive away.
Motril is also a popular destination now and the largest of the Costa Tropical towns with a population of over 60,000.
Read our overview of the top Costa Tropical Towns to visit...
The Costa Granada - Where is it?
As its name states, the Costa Granada encompasses the entire coastal area of the Province of Granada in southern Spain.
You will find this magnificent stretch of the Mediterranean coastline in the region of Andalucia. It is conveniently located between two of the most visited cities in Southern Spain; Malaga and Granada.
- Along the coast, the Costa Granada sits between the famous Costa del Sol and the lesser-known, but stunningly beautiful, Costa Almeria.
- Along the coastline from west to east and stretching the entire length of the Granada Province, the Costa Granada begins at La Herradura and ends with the small village of Albuñol.
- Stretching northward, the Costa Granada reaches the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains near the Alpujarras and meets the towns of Dúrcal and Padul to the east, at the edge of the Lecrin Valley.
- The driving time between Nerja and Motril, the larger coastal towns on either end of the Costa Granada, is about 30-minutes.
In recent years, the Costa Granada has been renamed to the 'Costa Tropical' because of its special micro-climate that only exists in this part of Spain. The Costa Tropical is the only sub-tropical area on the peninsula and is well-known for its abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables.
See our Costa Tropical Maps Guide to learn more about where we are...
What makes the Costa Tropical so Special?
The Costa Tropical is a special place indeed!... And, why?
- The combination of its unusual micro-climate (320 days of sun each year);
- Tropical vegetation (palms, flowers, fruits, and vegetables);
- Beautiful landscapes with the soaring Sierra Nevada mountains as a backdrop;
- The turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea;
- And, its rich, multi-cultural (Phoenician, Roman, Greek, and Arab) history.
This make the Costa Tropical one of the most interesting areas in Spain... and in Andalucía in particular.
Unlike the better-known Costa del Sol where the 21st century has already arrived, the Costa Tropical is still very quaint and Spanish. Its people are warm, friendly and family-loving.....qualities that are fast disappearing.
Once you've visited this part of Spain, you will probably be back again....and again....and maybe stay for good... like so many others before you.
Top Destinations in the Costa Tropical
When you visit the Costa Tropical you will also find a multitude of new destinations to discover. Being perfectly centered between the two culture-rich cities of Malaga and Granada provides you with the perfect location from which to explore...
Don't miss the mountains and villages of the Sierra Nevada, the region of Axarquia, the Lecrin Valley, the rural villages of the Granada Province and the famous white villages of Nerja and Frijiliana... all are just a short drive from the coast.
Popular Trips and Tours
The Costa Tropical
Where to Stay...
The Costa Tropical is packed with great hotels and there are options for every price range, from the many 4-star hotels to hostels, pensions, guest houses, and even many campgrounds for the adventurous spirit!
You will also find a huge assortment of holiday villas and apartments that also range in price from the top-end luxury homes with private pools and gardens to smaller beachside condos with sea views. To learn more about the best places to stay in the Costa Tropical keep reading...
Recent Costa Articles
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Where to find the Costa Tropical
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Planning your trip to the Costa Tropical...
The Weather in the Costa Tropical
Geographically located between Africa and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Costa Tropical is sheltered from cold northerly winds resulting in the only totally protected, subtropical zone on the southern coast of Spain.
The climate varies greatly, but we enjoy a more tolerable range here along the coast compared to more severe summers and winters elsewhere. This area is usually 10º - 20º cooler during the summer months and 10º-20º warmer during the winter than even some of our closest neighbors (Costa del Sol, Granada City or Almeria).
Together with approximately 320 days of sunshine yearly and an average temperature of 20ºC, this strip of coastline is indeed special.
Getting to the Costa Tropical
Getting Here by Train:
Granada and Malaga both have great train stations and are accessible from anywhere within Spain. In general, the rail system in Spain is fantastic and runs very smoothly. You can easily and quickly travel all over the country, usually at a low cost to you.
From the Malaga or Granada train station you can then get a direct bus to the Costa Tropical towns.
The BEST site for finding the lowest fares and booking trains is OMIO:
Look for rates and times for trains in Spain.
From each of the train stations (Malaga & Granada), you can get a direct bus to the Costa Tropical towns.
The best site for finding the cheapest bus fares is OMIO!
Getting Here by Plane:
Flying into the Costa Tropical is also easily done. Both Malaga and Granada have airports that service all of Spain. Malaga's airport is international with direct flights coming in from all over the world.
The BEST site for finding low-cost airlines into these two cities is OMIO, they have added a new flight service and it's the cheapest that we have seen AND with the most reliable carriers:
- OMIO - Cheapest Flights within Europe
- If you need a car rental, we recommend RentalCars.Com - Spain as a GREAT low-cost option.
Getting Around in the Costa Tropical
The Spanish bus system is great. Unlike in some countries, buses are very often used here and depended on so they tend to be large, comfortable, and reliable. You can get direct buses from the larger cities to any of the Costa Tropical towns or buses that run from small town to town. There are also local buses that take you around each town. You can purchase bus tickets on the same website where train tickets are sold and compare the prices of each. You have to pay for local buses as you get on.
Each town has a taxi stand where taxis are always present. You can either go down to the stand or call one up and have them come to you. There are also several private taxi services with larger vehicles that will take you to and from the bigger cities and airports. More about Taxis in Almuñécar.
One of the preferred ways of getting around is of course renting your own car. Car rentals in Spain tend to be very reasonable. You can either pick up a car in Granada or Malaga (at the airport) or pick up a car in town. More about car rentals in Almuñécar.