The Municipality of Polopos
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 Best Hotels in Polopos
- Rental Cars - Polopos
- Trains & Buses to Polopos
- "Het Spaanse Dorp: 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.
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.
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Polopos - A Typical Andalusian Village
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.
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.
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!
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.
** Ruined Houses of Polopos
The groups hope to have similar events in the future.
More information on the artists and the Pop-Up Polopos event here.
If you are visiting the Costa Tropical: Don't miss Almuñécar and La Herradura!
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- La Herradura Beach Guide
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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.
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.
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.
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
5. Visit the Coastal Sites of 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).
|# of inhabitants:||~ 1825|
|Distance to Granada:||87 km|
Where to Stay in Polopos
- La Primera Sonrisa: La Primera Sonrisa in Polopos features a bar and a terrace. They have room service and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. It is the main hotel in town with a great little restaurant.
- Casa Pimienta: A small rustic apartment with a garden, barbecue facilities, and a terrace, it has free WiFi and sea views.
- Booking.com: We recommend Booking.com to find the lowest price and largest choice for hotels, hostels and apartmens in the Costa Tropical area.
Where is Polopos?
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
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!
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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.
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