Playa Poniente
Playa Poniente

Playa Poniente - Beach

Playa Poniente

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Playa Poniente is... RUSTIC with a LIVELY Atmosphere!...

Playa Poniente is not usually as popular with international tourist because it doesn’t have the spectacular views that the other Costa Tropical beaches have. Unfortunately, it sits close to the Motril port and shares some industrial views to the east.

But given that the area is less expensive than Playa Granada to the west, during the summer months you can expect Playa Poniente to be quite busy. Also, because of its lively atmosphere, it attracts people of all persuasions... families, singles and especially the youth.

Also: TOP Beaches in Motril
Also: TOP Beaches on the Granada Coast

6 Things to Know About Playa Poniente in Motril!

1. Playa Poniente - The Facts

Motril Beaches - Playa Poniente

  • The town of Motril is the Costa Tropical’s largest and most commercial city, the other top tourist towns are Almuñécar, La Herradura and Salobreña.

  • Playa Poniente is located just along the coast of Motril between the towns of Salobreña and Calahonda.

  • Playa Poniente is the Motril beach most popular with Bohemian types due to the two campgrounds that sit directly across from it.

  • Playa Poniente has a fantastic promenade that runs the length of the beach that is great for biking, running or just taking a stroll.

  • The Motril Yacht Club is just 2 Km to the east.

What is the Sand like on Playa Poniente?

This beach has semi-coarse sand, it is also fairly dark in color.

How Long is Playa Poniente?

2,000 meters long and 80 meters wide and it's also lined with chiringuitos and beach bars.

What Facilities are available on Playa Poniente:

Beachside restaurants and bars, showers, large parking facilities, lifeguards, golf course (Los Moriscos, 2 km), two large campgrounds, bicycle rental and the Charca de Suarez Wetlands Reserve.

Also, disabled access, public toilets, foot washers, security, umbrellas and sun beds.

Why Visit Playa Poniente?

Visit this beach if you are looking for a fun and festive day with many activities that will also help to keep you busy...

Parking on Playa Poniente:

If you are planning on spending the day at the Poniente beach get there early. There is an adequate amount of parking, but it fills up quickly during the summer.

There is a large parking area located where Playa Poniente and Playa Granada meet with more than 100 spaces. There are also several dirt parking lots that open during the summer months across the street near the bird reserve. Street parking going towards Playa Granada is also allowed.

How to Arrive:

Playa Poniente is the closest beach to Motril’s town center. From Motril, follow signs to the Port. Once at the sea, go west until you arrive at the beach..

2. Playa Poniente - Where to Stay...

Motril - Playa Granada Resort Hotel and Spa - Andalucía - Spain

The Playa Granada Resort and Spa is THE BEST place to stay in Motril. It's great for adults and has a TON of things for the kids to do too!


Motril Hotels
Playa Granada Club Resort - Motril - This 4-star resort is located in Motril and is one of THE BEST in the area. Free amenities include 6 tennis courts, outdoor pools and evening entertainment. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea with private beach access. This is the perfect place to stay with kids! Read More...

Read More about the Playa Granada Resort & Spa here: The Best Motril Hotel Guide

Or, Check Availability Playa Granada Club Resort Hotel and Spa - Motril

Just up the road you will also find:

Playa Poniente Hotels
Elba Motril Beach & Business Hotel - The Elba Motril Beach & Business Hotel is located next to Playa Poniente in Motril. It offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony.

There are also two campgrounds:
  Campsite Playa Granada
  Campsite Playa de Poniente S.L.

3. Playa Poniente - Where to Eat...


playa poniente restaurant
Los Moriscos Restaurant & Bar - A very good restaurant with a nice atmosphere. It is part of the Los Moriscos Golf Club and Resort. There is also a great terrace with open bar that has music playing during the summer months.


playa poniente restaurant
Sunahra Beach Club - This is a great little spot if you are looking for something close-by. Sunahra is located right on Playa Poniente with an open-air tiki-style atmosphere and the menu is more original that some of the other chiringuitos. It is also beautifully presented.


playa poniente restaurant
La Ballena Azul - One of THE best restaurants in the area. They are located right on the beach and only serve the freshest seafood. It is family owned and has great service!

4. Playa Poniente - The Promenade...

Playa Poniente - Bike Promenade

The best thing about Playa Poniente is the promenade that was built in memory of the late Belgian King, Baudouin I. He had a special affection for Motril and especially the coastal areas where he spent many years in his beloved Casa Astrida on Playa Granada.

The Promenade runs the length of the beach and is perfect for running or riding bikes. You can ride all the way from the Motril Port to the end of Playa Granada.

Bikes can be rented from: Campsite Playa de Poniente S.L.

5. Playa Poniente - Where to Play...

Playa Poniente, like Playa Granada, enjoys the perfect location, between the sea and the greens...

The Los Moriscos Golf Club is an 18-hole course right on the Mediterranean. There is also a driving range to practice your swing.

Read: Everything you should know about the Los Moriscos Golf Resort

6. Playa Poniente - Where to Explore...

A wonderful little escape from a day on the sand is to hop on over to the Charca de Suarez Wetlands Reserve. It sits just opposite Playa Granada; the entrance is just down the road from the Playa Poniente parking area...

Read: "Charca de Suarez - Motril Wetlands - 10 Things You Should Know Before You Go!"


Rent a boat in the Marina del Este beside Playa Berengueles - Almuñécar

Playa Poniente-  Tours
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How to Get to Motril and the Costa Tropical

From Granada: Drive south on the A-44 for 45-50 minutes to reach the Motril Beaches.

From Málaga: Head east on the A-7 for 50 minutes to reach the Motril Beaches.

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