The coastal area of Granada known as Costa Tropical, though less popular than the Costa del Sol, it is a good place where you can enjoy over 100 kilometres of coast, from the typical tourist beaches to quiet and secluded coves.
The region comprising the Costa Tropical was once of great importance for ports that connected the Andalusian kingdom of Granada to the coast of Africa and was a place that was commonly assaulted by pirates. You will see old buildings as part of the ancient Roman fish salting industry, ancient watchtowers from which the coast of Granada was guarded against invasions and some fortifications that are still well preserved after the passage of the years.
The Costa Tropical boasts some beautiful nudist beaches, if you want to know more about them and where they are located don´t hesitate to visit our section on naturist beaches on the Costa Tropical.
Recommended visits on the Costa Tropical
Some places you cannot miss if you're in the area are:
Popular tourist destination in Granada whose history dates back to 1500 BC and an important centre in the Roman industry dedicated to salted fish.
This municipality has a rich natural environment and hiking trails in the area.
This town has several museums that show visitors a part of the history and culture of Motril. If you're looking for a swim or sunbath, we recommend you visit some of the beaches of Motril.
Road access to the Costa Tropical
To reach the Costa Tropical from Malaga you can use the N-340 which runs through some towns like Rincon de la Victoria and Nerja.
From Granada you have different options being the most advisable the motorway A-44 linking Bailen with Motril until you reach the N-340. Other routes such as the one linking Granada with Almuñécar crossing Puerto del Suspiro del Moro and passing through Otivar are more scenic and are certainly well worth it, but we recommend driving very carefully because it is a narrow road that is often frequented by cyclists.