The Costa Tropical is a region full of hidden treasures and boasts many beautiful small coves and a warm climate.
The Costa Tropical is the relatively new name for the stretch of coastline in the province of Granada. It lies between the Costa del Sol and the Costa Almeria and was previously part of the Costa del Sol. The airports at Almería, Granada and Málaga serve the area.
The name Costa Tropical comes from the sub-tropical climate that favours the cultivation of exotic crops such as avocados and mangos. With warm winters and long hot summers, the average year round temperature is 20°C.
It is a picturesque region with mountains running down to the sea. The coastline stretches for 19 km with no less than 26 different beaches. Some of these beaches have wide stretches of sand, others are delightful sheltered coves or small rocky bays only accessible by steep tracks.
The Tropical Coast has a wealth of history to offer the visitor and far from being overcrowded with tourists, has managed to retain its Spanish character. Dotted along the coast are towers and fortresses that once served as watch posts during the Arab occupation.
Almuñecar, the capital town of the Costa Tropical, is the most Spanish of all the towns in the region and many Spaniards spend their summer holidays here. The Phoenicians, who named it Sexi, founded the town 3,000 years ago and are one civilisation among the many that have given the town its rich, historical heritage.
Salobreña is a picturesque white village, topped by a Moorish castle, that clings to a large rock and spills down towards the shore. The last sugar cane plantations in Europe surround the town. It is 45 minutes from Granada and about one hour from the Sierra Nevada mountains. It has 6,000 years of history including a 10th century Moorish castle.
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