The Costa Tropical in the province of Granada is less known than its neighbour that is the Costa del Sol but nonetheless has many beautiful unspolit beaches backed by the mountain range of La Contraviesa, the road runs along the coastline and presents some spectacular sea and mountain views, although a new motorway is under construction which with its tunnels and viaducts is proving to be equally dramatic.
La Rábita with its small fortress is surrounded by farmland and along with La Mamola is an old fishing village, Castell de Ferro is another small village at the foot of a hill, with a famed watchtower, Almuñécar is one of the larger, better known towns on the Costa Tropical, and definitely among the most popular. with a large German and English expatriate community it presents visitors and residents dramatic scenery in all directions. It is a perfect location in which to buy Spanish property if you want the luxuries of a south coast town, but don't want the visible signs of mass tourism.
The town boasts long stretches of sandy beach with several small coves and is next to the beautiful bay of La Herradura is the envy of Almuñécar and one of the prettiest bays along the south coast of Spain. With over 20 km of beach. Its mountainous surroundings create a tropical microclimate permitting the growth of exotic plants and fruits such as bananas, papayas and mango's.
The heart of the old town is laid out with parallel streets radiating from the plateau at the top of the hill on which the city was built. The average temperature here is 18 C during the winter and 26 C during the summer. Almunecar has several high quality beaches including Cabria Beach, Galera Beach and Tesorillo beach, enjoying 320 days of sunshine a year.
The coastline is a tangle of coves, semi-desolate beaches and rocky headlands that climb inland up steep cliffs and sparsely wooded hills. In Almunecar itself this wild coastline has been somewhat tamed. There is a small marina and many beachfront properties, all spread along the coastline and dressed in classical Mediterranean whitewash.
The second largest town in Granada province is Motril and is sometimes overlooked as it has less of the picturesque attraction of its neighbour, Salobreña. Looks can be deceptive however, as Motril is a thriving working Spanish town with a major port, numerous shops, an 18 hole golf course. Salobreña is built on a huge impressive rock, is a maze of white houses and is known as the jewel of the Costa Tropical with it long clean fine sandy beaches and surrounded by sugar cane plantations.