The Village of Torrenueva
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The Tiny Seaside Village of Torrenueva in Granada...
Just 6 kilometers east of Motril, you will come across the next Costa Tropical village, Torrenueva.
Torrenueva is not a popular destination spot, but it's still known for having a wonderful 2-kilometer long beach with the cleanest and clearest water around.
If you're looking for a quiet spot to get away from it all, this little village is the place! But be warned, come summer-time, Torrenueva fills up and is brimming with summer holiday-goers just like all the other costa tropical towns...
The Torrenueva Beaches
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Like we said before, Torrenueva is most well-known for its beaches... and it has two.
The main beach, Playa Torrenueva runs from one end of the small town to the other. It's characteristic jetties jut far out into the Mediterranean Sea providing swimmers with warm, shallow water to enjoy. It's the perfect place for children to play and adults to have a relaxing swim.
Playa Torrenueva is packed from end to end with lively chiringuitos, cafes, and bars. The services include showers, rental sunbeds and umbrellas, lifeguards on duty, and small play areas for the children.
Playa de la Joya
Leaving the town of Torrenueva and driving east you will come across the "crown jewel" of beaches, Playa de la Joya. This beach is a local favorite and is usually very busy during the summer months, It's known for its smooth, black sand.
To access the beach there is a wooden boardwalk that runs from the parking lot to another stairway that leads down to the beach. It's quite the climb, so be prepared. Once on the beach, however, there is a feeling of pure calmness and being away from it all... of being close to nature with nothing else around but the sea, the gulls, the rocky cliffs, and the occasional mountain goat....
Where to Stay in Torrenueva? The Best Hotel...
There are several rental options in or near Torrenueva that you should check out. And, because this town is a little out of the way, it is much cheaper than some of the other coastal villages.
Torrenueva has one hotel option, right on the beach...
Torrenueva is also close to many other Costa Tropical villages that have many great hotel options...
Apartment & Villa Rentals
There are several great apartments and villa rentals nearby too! Check these out...
- A Beautiful Holiday Home in Monteverde - Holiday Home Monteverde features a garden, 3 separate bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a TV.
- Terraza y Playa Costa Tropical Apartments - The apartment features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with city views.
The 5 Best Things To Do in Torrenueva
1. Take a Stroll on the Torrenueva Promenade
Running the length of the beach and right through the middle of town is the Torrenueva Promenada. It's a great place for walking, running, or just passing the time with friends.
The boardwalk gets pretty crowded during the day so you must get their early if you want it to yourself.
2. Visit the Torre de la Atalaya
Yet another watchtower along the Granada coastline, and part of the intricate communication system developed by the Romans and Moors, is the Torre de la Atalaya. It's located right at the entrance of town and about 200-meters from the sea.
The tower measures about 11-meters high and dates from the mid-18th century, It was built to defend the village against Berber pirates that tormented the coast.
3. Do Some Shopping in the Torrenueva Markets
If you are in Torrenueva on a Tuesday or Thursday, check out the local "Mercaillo", or flea market. A string of stalls will be set up along the promenade selling fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices as well as various other arts and crafts.
During the evening hours, you will also find smaller carts selling crafts and other knick-knacks along the same promenade.
4. Check out the Views from the Cape of Sacratif
Just past the village of Torrenueva, you will come to a rocky promontory called Cabo Sacratif, or the Cape of Sacratif. It's a giant rock formation that juts out into the sea, with a lighthouse perched at its highest point.
This area is popular with scuba divers because of the diversity of the underwater sea life. If you climb to the top of Cabo Sacratif, to the lighthouse, you can enjoy views of the Spanish coastline in all directions.
To find Cabo Sacratif, Drive towards Almeria from Torrenueva along national road N-340. About 1,000 meters (3,280.84 feet) from the last roundabout in Town, on your right-hand side, you will find a small unpaved road that will take you to the Sacratif Cape and its lighthouse.
5. Tour the Nearby Towns & Sites
Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Torrenueva Patron Saint) - 16th July - This is Torrenueva's most important holiday and it involves a blessing for the town's patron saint, Carmen.
The festival begins with a procession from the church by its parishioners, carrying their saint to the water's edge. She is then set out to sea to bless the waters. Upon her return, there is a huge fireworks display, as well as parties, food, music, and activities for the children.
Torrenueva Tourist Office
Oficina de Información Turística - Ctra. De Almería s / n Torrenueva (Motril - Granada)
Phone: +34 958 65 55 99
|# of inhabitants:||~ 701|
|Distance to Granada:||6 km|
Where is Torrenueva located?
Torrenueva, along the Costa Tropical in the Granada province, is a traditional small fishing village. It's located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the Andalucia (Andalus) region, just a few kilometers east of Motril, Salobreña, and Almuñécar along the N-340 highway. Torrenueva is also about a one-hour drive from the cities of Granada and Malaga.
Torrenueva is easily accessible by the main highway and is only 6 kilometers from the town of Motril.
Getting to Torrenueva
- 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. In about five minutes, there will be exit signs for Torrenueva.
- From Malaga, take the N-340 highway going east towards Almuñécar, Motril, and Almería. About five minutes after passing the town of Salobreña (located to the east of Almuñécar and west of Motril), look for the exit signs for the town of Torrenueva.
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