The Costa Tropical is the coastal strip bathed by the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Granada in Andalusia. This coastal area extends for about 60 km between the town of La Herradura in the west and that of Castillo de Baños in the east. The territory is crossed by the coastal road N-340, which runs from west to east along the coast.
A STILL LITTLE CEMENTIFIED COAST
The Costa Tropical stands out from the rest of the Spanish coast thanks to the presence of the Sierra Nevada mountains that come here to meet the Mediterranean Sea, forming rugged cliffs. This stretch of Spanish coast has not undergone the wild cementing of other coastal areas of Spain. The Costa Tropical is mainly composed of agricultural areas and picturesque seaside resorts. Together with the nearby Costa de Almeria, the Costa Tropical is the most beautiful and least affected by cement of the Mediterranean coast of Andalusia.
The region is less dry and more luxuriant than the surrounding areas. This is due to the presence of the nearby mountain range. In fact, this region has a pleasant micro-climate with mild winters and relatively mild and not excessively hot summers, with temperatures in the summer of 10 ° C lower than the very warm internal area beyond the mountains.
WILD COAST AND HISTORICAL VILLAGES
The two main resorts of the Costa Tropical are Almuñécar and Motril, another very interesting center is Salobreña. Rich in historical treasures, the Costa Tropical features Phoenician necropolises, ruins of Roman aqueducts, as well as abundant remains of the many centuries of Arab domination, including numerous castles.
Motril is the most important center of the Costa Tropical in the past there was the cultivation of sugar cane which was one of the most profitable activities in the area. The coast of Motril has several beaches, the best known of which are Playa Calahonda, Playa de Torrenueva, Playa Granada and Playa de Poniente.
Salobreña is a historic town dominated by an Arab castle built between the 13th and 15th centuries. In front of the town along the coast there is the “Peñón de Salobreña” a rock that flows into the sea and divides the main beach in two.
In the stretch of coast between Nerja and Almuñécar there is probably the most beautiful part of the coast. That is, the area of the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve (Paraje Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo). This is a well-preserved stretch of coast which is divided between the Costa Tropical and the Costa del Sol. Almuñécar also has stretches of coast with excellent beaches including the beaches of Velilla, San Cristobal and La Herradura.