The glittering white seaside towns of Almuñecar and Salobreña are two of the best beaches on Granada‘s Costa Tropical, in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Find out how to make the most of this incredible coastal paradise in this ultimate travel, accommodation and sightseeing guide to the Costa Tropical.
How to get to Granada’s Costa Tropical beaches?
The Costa Tropical can be reached by quick and direct bus routes from the provincial capital, Granada. The journey takes around 50 minutes, and tickets cost under 10 euros for a return. If you have a car, simply follow the A-44 highway to the Costa Tropical, which can be accessed from the central avenue of Camino de Ronda.
Accommodation on the Costa Tropical
Affordable accommodation is widely available in Almuñecar and Salobreña, with booking sites like Airbnb offering the best value for money. A 3-night stay in a 6-person apartment will cost around 160-180 euros. In the summer months, there are several campsites in the country surrounding the towns.
Food and drink on the Costa Tropical
Dining and drinking options are limited by the size of the towns, but there are still several gems whose culinary delights cannot be missed.
For a mouth-watering, traditional seafood paella head to Salobreña’s Restaurante el Peñon. This local beachside restaurant offers breath-taking views across the bay and up to its namesake, the Peñon de Salobreña, a giant rock wedged into the beach.
If you’re after a boozy night out, make your way to Almuñecar’s Paseo del Altillo. This seaside promenade offers vibrant clubs and bars, including the local favourite Discoteca Big Bang. Afterwards, soak up the cocktails at one of the many nearby kebab shops and pizzerias.
Best beaches and sights on the Costa Tropical
Almuñecar offers two beatiful, sun-drenched beaches to while away warm sunny days. Playa Costa Tropical is the more central of the two. Located in front of the boulevard, it is a vibrant hub during the day and a party strip at night. Playa San Cristóbal is located slightly further from the centre, and is the more chilled of the two beaches. Sit in the shadow of a rowing boat and take in the spectacular views across the bay.
While in Almuñecar, make sure to also visit San Miguel Castle, and the El Majuelo botanical garden, which features ancient ruins and themed huts based on each of Andalusia’s diverse provinces.
Salobreña also offers two incredible beaches. Playa de la Charca is a bustling city beach lined with bars and shops, while Playa de la Guardia is slightly more secluded and is an ideal surfing and kayaking spot.
Salobreña castle is also well-worth a visit, to enjoy its impressive architecture and far-stretching views over the sea and surrounding countryside.
Time to find out for yourself why these beaches are the best Granada’s Costa Tropical has to offer!