Polopos, Spain
Polopos, Spain

Polopos, Spain

The Municipality of Polopos

Polopos is an area in the eastern most part of the Costa Tropical that encompasses several different towns. Two towns are located right on the Mediterranean Sea, Castillo de Baños and La Mamola.

Haza del Lino, Haza del Trigo, La Guapa and the village of Polopos are further inland.

The Polopos Travel Guide
What to see and do near Polopos

The Village of Polopos

The village of Polopos is 10 km behind the coastal town of La Mamola. It is high in the mountains (elevation 750 m) along a winding county road with spectacular views of the Mediterranean coastline and surrounding countryside.

Views from Polopos

In the winter months the drive is gorgeous with the mountains blanketed in blossoming olive and almond trees.

Polopos is on the easternmost edge of the Costa Tropical and borders on the Almería province, a desert-like area that offers incredible attractions of its own.

Polopos - A Typical Andalusian Village

Polopos - Roman Walls

The town itself is a very typical rural Andalusian village. It has the characteristic white-washed homes, small town square and historic old church. Some of the streets are lined with walls that look like they date back to Roman times.

Polopos - Main Road

The main area of town is very small. A tree-lined winding road runs from the Sonrisa cafe, at the top of town, down to the main square.

Polopos - Town Square

There is another small cafe in the main square next to the church where you can stop and have a drink with the locals.

But, one thing you will notice upon visiting this out of the way little Spanish village is that everyone seems to be speaking… English…. and, is that… Dutch?

Polopos is on the Map!

Over the last few months the little village of Polopos has become quite famous in the Netherlands. There is currently a very popular reality show being filmed there called "Het Spaanse Dorp: Polopos" on the RTL network. It is running 5 days a week with 40-minute episodes.

Pop-up Polopos

The show follows several Dutch couples who settle in town and begin construction work on their new homes. They are expected to immerse themselves into town life by starting small businesses and organizing events for the locals.

One of these events took place on Saturday August 3rd. One of the couples hosted “Pop-up Polopos” which was an art walk taking place within the small streets and ruined houses of the town. They collected artwork from artists residing all over the Alpujarras and creatively displayed the pieces throughout the village. There was also live music and poetry in the wine museum.

Polopos - Ruins
** Ruined Houses of Polopos

The groups hope to have similar events in the future.

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More information on the artists and the Pop-Up Polopos event here.

5 Things To Do in Polopos

1. Take a Walk behind Polopos on the Country Road

Walking past the church and town square into the more residential area you will see an old ruined pink house. Take a right, and then an immediate left. This road will take you out of town along a nice stone walkway that leads to the town's water supply. From there you can continue down the country road that wraps around the mountain side and enjoy stunning views of the little village.

Polopos - Trail

2. Visit the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Located right in the middle of the town square is the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church. It was built in the 18th century on what was once Polopos' only mosque. Currently it is only open for Mass.

Polopos - Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church

3. Visit the Wine Museum

Driving through the mountains around Polopos you will see many vineyards. Due to the dry, arid climate in this area wine production is very successful and popular. Here visitors can enjoy the local wines in "El lagar del Cehelí" (the Wine Museum) located in the lower part of town.

Polopos - Wine Musuem

4. Stop for a Drink or Bite to Eat at the Sonrisa Cafe

Owned and run by two brothers from Portugal, the Sonrisa cafe is a delight. The menu is simple but delicious. If you call ahead they will also prepare for you a traditional Portuguese dish, Bacalao, which is a wonderful freshly salted Atlantic Cod.

Several vegetarian dishes are available as well.

This is a great spot to stop and enjoy the mountain and sea views after a walk through the little village of Polopos.

Address: Calle Calvario, 15, 18710 Polopos, Granada
Phone: 603 60 12 52

Polopos - Sonrisa Cafe

5. Visit the Coastal Sites of Polopos

The Moorish-era Tower of Cautor and the cathedral of Asuncion in La Mamola stand out as must-sees for visitors to Polopos.

Also nearby Polopos, and worth a visit, is the Hornabeque de Baños or Castillo de Baños (dating from the 18th century) located in the small village by the same name.

Visitors to Castillo de Baños should also visit the Centro de Interpretación de las Defensas de la Costa Granadina (Center for the Interpretation of Granada's Coastal Defenses).

Polopos - Hornabeque Castillo

Village Information

Region: Costa Tropical
Post Code: 18750
# of inhabitants: ~ 1825
inhabitants: Poloperos
Distance to Granada: 87 km

Where to Stay in Polopos

Where is Polopos?

Polopos in the Costa Tropical of the Granada province is a traditional small mountain village overlooking the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the Andalucia (Andalus) region.

It is located east of the cities of Motril and Almuñécar along the N-340 highway and about a one-hour drive from the cities of Granada, a little further still from Malaga.

Polopos is easily accessible by the main highway as well as smaller rural roads.

Getting To Polopos by Car:

Because of the winding roads and the fact that Polopos is off the beaten track, the fastest and easiest way to get there is by renting a car. For the best and lowest cost choices for car rentals in the Costa Tropical we recommend: CarRentals.com

  • From Granada, take the major N-323 highway to the coast. Once at the Costa Tropical town of Salobreña, take a left on the principal Costa Tropical highway N-340 heading east towards Motril and Almería. In 30 minutes and close to the town of La Mamola, there will be exit signs for Polopos.

  • From Malaga, take the N-340 highway going east towards Almuñécar, Motril, and Almería. 30 minutes after passing Motril (located to the east of Almuñécar and Salobreña) and close to the town of La Mamola, look for the exit signs for the town of Polopos.

    Getting There by Train & Bus:

    Granada and Malaga both have great train stations and are accessible from anywhere within Spain.

    In general, the railway system in Spain is great and runs very smoothly. You can travel all over the country easily and quickly and usually at a low cost to you.

    The best site for finding the lowest fares and booking trains is OMIO: I love how you can compare prices between trains, buses or flights!
    Look for rates and times for trains in Spain.

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    From each of the train stations (Malaga & Granada) you can get a bus to La Mamola (closest coastal town) and from their take a local bus to Polopos.

    The entire journey will take you 3-4 hours.

    Best site for finding the cheapest bus fares is also OMIO!

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