Granada’s Tropical Coast offers dozens of beaches and small coves of crystalline waters, 320 sunny days a year, and an average annual temperature of 20 °C. This is the identity of the Tropical Coast, the 73 kilometres of Granada Province coastline. It is called such due to the exceptional year-round mildness of the climate, which, over the last two centuries, has allowed this region to become the only place in Europe where tropical fruits such as mangos, custard apples and avocados are grown. Such fruits evoke exotic tastes and places but are typical of one of the most exceptional parts of Andalusia, the Tropical Coast.
Nineteen towns compose the Tropical Coast. Founded by the Phoenicians about a thousand years before Christ as a colony named “Sexi”, Almuñécar is a place full of history that still preserves the remains of a Roman salt-cured fish factory, five sections of an aqueduct and an Arabic castle. In summer, this tourist destination hosts a superb jazz music festival.
Motril is the largest town in the province after Granada. Among its monuments, the “Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación” and the “Santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza” stand out, the latter of which was built above the former recreational palace of Queen Aixa, mother of Boabdil, the last monarch of the Nasrid dynasty.
Salobreña appears in the visitor’s imagination to be a big pile of sugar cubes. Its small white cube-shaped houses gather in front of the sea and round a hill topped by a monumental Arabic castle. From the top, magnificent panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Mediterranean Sea and fertile crop fields can be admired at a single glance.
Near these beach towns there are small and quiet coves, which are located in Albuñol, Castell de Ferro-Gualchos and Mamola-Polopos. In close proximity, we find the towns of Albondón, Ítrabo, Jete, Lentejí, Los Guájares, Lújar, Molvízar, Murtas, Otívar, Rubite, Sorvilán, Turón and Vélez de Benaudalla, surrounded by a lush environment.
In addition to sea and culture, the Tropical Coast offers endless possibilities, such as golf, paragliding, hiking in inland villages, scuba diving in the rich depths of Cerro Gordo, and nautical sports, with centres located in the marina harbour “Marina del Este” (Almuñécar) and in Motril’s Yatch Club.
Tropical fruits can be enjoyed in salads or desserts, as part of a meal which shouldn’t be without rockfish, such as the red porgy and the white seabream, and seafood such as the soldier striped shrimp. And with coffee, a cane rum, which is also produced in the Tropical Coast.