Playa Poniente is... a RUSTIC Beach 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.
6 Things to Know About Playa Poniente in Motril!
1. Playa Poniente - The Facts
Playa Poniente is located just along the coast of Motril between the towns of Salobreña and Calahonda.
Playa Poniente is the 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?Playa Poniente has semi-coarse sand. It is also fairly dark in color.
How Long is Playa Poniente?Playa Poniente is 2,000 meters long and 80 meters wide and also is lined with its fair share of 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 Playa Poniente, 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 Playa Poniente..
2. Playa Poniente - Where to Stay...
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!
Located right on the Los Moriscos Golf course, it has SIX tennis courts, outdoor pools, a kid's club room and evening entertainment.
You will also find luxury amenities like the WellFit Spa, indoor pools, sauna, Hamman, hot tub, fitness center, large indoor theater and a NIGHTCLUB!!!
The Playa Granada Hotel also has a very good restaurant called La Bodega that serves Mediterranean cuisine, and a wide variety of Spanish wines. Enjoy!!
Check Availability Playa Granada Club Resort Hotel and Spa - Motril
Just up the road you will also find:
3. Playa Poniente - Where to Eat...
4. Playa Poniente - The 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: "5 Things you should know about the Los Moriscos Golf Resort"
Read: "Los Moriscos Golf Resort - Reviews"
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...
Rent a sailboat in the Marina del Este beside Playa Berengueles - Almuñécar
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.
If you need a car rental, we recommend RentalCars.Com - Spain as a GREAT low cost option.
Have a great day on the beach!! ;-)