Not as crowded as the resorts of the Costa del Sol and a little livelier than Costa de Almeria’s seaside villages, Costa Tropical is an oasis of tranquillity. The coastline belongs to the province of Granada, the last stronghold of the Moor empire, and its whitewashed villages retain plenty of Andalusian charm. The name derives from the tropical fruits like mango, avocado and chirimoyo, grown in the area’s rich soil. Costa Tropical was also once the home of Europe’s biggest sugar cane plantation. In fact, local rum is a little-known treasure you’ll want to sample during your visit.
The region is sheltered by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, giving it its own micro-climate, which keeps it warm throughout the year. Picture palm and pine trees lining long stretches of coarse sand beaches lapped by the Mediterranean and you still won’t capture Costa Tropical’s beauty in full. For that, you’d have to be there. It’s not just about the landscape, the culture also adds to its charm. After mornings lounging on the beach, everything stops for a siesta to recharge before hitting the tapas bars in the evening. Low-key lunches turn into big family affairs and a trip to the capital should always end with a flamenco show.
Holidaymakers from all walks of life will fall in love with all Costa Tropical has to offer.
Almunecar is one of Costa Tropical’s most popular resorts. The Phoenicians named it Sexi and many of the locals go by the name of ‘sexitanos’ to this day. Granada’s famous historic landmarks have nothing on Almunecar’s rich history, which you can learn about in the San Miguel Castle museum. But, of course, the beach resort’s main attraction is its surrounding beaches. Lined by palm trees, chiringuito bars and the peaceful Mediterranean, they are a paradise for families and couples alike.
If you fancy something a little quieter than bustling Almunecar, nearby Salobrena is just the place. The old fishing village is bursting with Andalusian charm, and is part of the pueblos blancos, white villages, tour many travellers take when visiting the region. Overlooked by a Moor castle, the village is home to many beautiful beaches and is also surrounded by sugar plantations. All in all, it’s a picturesque spot for the whole family to enjoy.
La Herradura is located east of Almunecar, and the ten-minute drive is full of breath-taking views that pale when you get to the quiet seaside town itself. Nestled in the horseshoe shaped La Herradura Bay, the peaceful resort is popular with travellers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Artists and naturopaths gravitate to it, as there’s something mystical about its rich natural surroundings and stunning beaches. Stay here if you’re looking for something romantic and out of the way.
Exploring Costa Tropical…
Soak up the sun
The name Costa Tropical evokes images of sun-drenched beaches lined with palm trees and kissed by azure waters, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. The sand in this region tends to be dark and coarse, but that doesn’t mean it’s not perfect to lie on and work on your tan. Almunecar’s Playa de San Cristobal is one of the most popular, and families will find its safe waters and well-equipped amenities especially helpful.
Penon de Salobrena beach’s sand may be a little coarser, but the sea is as blue as it comes. There is also a bridge that connects you to a small island on the coast. La Herradura beach is also worth a visit. Shaped like a horseshoe, it boasts breath-taking views and is a great place for scuba diving – a 25 strong shipwreck which sank into its coast back in 1562.
The region’s capital city is a must visit for self-confessed foodies and culture vultures alike. Arab heritage and Christian faith meet in Granada’s many historic landmarks, and they’re all sprinkled with a dose of Andalusian charm. A day sightseeing will take you to the famous Alhambra, a 13th-century fortress home to beautiful Arab castles, through to the Royal Chapel of Granada and the San Jeronimo Monastery. Why not finish it off with a tasty Andalusian meal while watching a flamenco show?
Water Park fun
The whole family will enjoy a fun-packed day out at Aqua Tropic. The water park first opened twenty years ago and is basically a Costa Tropical institution. Located in Almunecar, it will satisfy every holidaymaker’s needs, from thrilling slides to baby pools for the little ones to splash in.
Holidays in Costa Tropical are all about kicking back and relaxing, and what better way to do so than by potting some holes? Eighteen, to be exact. Los Moriscos Golf Course is just a stone’s throw from Salobrena, and embraces everything that is tropical about Costa Tropical: palm-trees, golden sand, green grass and the azure sea sparkling at its feet.
Mediterranean cuisine’s ethos is all about cooking fresh ingredients in simple ways – and washing them down with a glass of wine or two. Costa Tropical is no exception, and its wealth of local produce – including sweet tropical fruits – makes for a delicious gastronomy that will take your taste buds on a journey of discovery. Spanish classics like tapas and paella feature in every menu, but we recommend trying a plate of pescaito frito by the beach to get the full Costa Tropical experience.
Costa Tropical’s restaurant scene will satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. From lively beach restaurants to enjoy paella for lunch or a cocktail with dinner, to hidden gems in the narrow, cobbled streets of the villages, there’s something for everyone.
Visit Costa Tropical for a paradisiac getaway. The vibrant beach resorts, safe crystalline waters and wealth of entertainment, make it a popular destination for families, but everybody will feel welcome.
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