Costa Tropical

Costa Tropical holidays

Trailing down part of southern Spain, you’ll find a mountainous coastline carved out along the Costa Tropical. If you’re looking to enjoy a relaxed pace of life, you’ll find it here. It’s a haven for history buffs, and it’s even known for growing juicy fruit with its gloriously warm microclimate.

Costa Tropical resorts

Almunecar

Nestled between Nerja and Motril, Almuñécar is a curving stretch of aquamarine waves tumbling into the rich navy ocean. The old town is rich with historic churches, fountains and much more when you scratch beneath the surface.

Motril

This super-sunny spot doubles as an important fishing town in the foothills of the Sierra de Lújar mountain range.

La Herradura

Originally famed for giving the Spanish Armada refuge from a storm, the pretty harbour and curving horseshoe bay of La Herradura is better known these days as a hotspot for sporty types and sun seekers.

Playacalida Spa Hotel

Playacalida Spa Hotel

Almunecar, Costa Tropical

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  • Picturesque sea views
  • Outdoor pool with slides
  • Spa facilities
Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel

Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel

Almunecar, Costa Tropical

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  • Close to the beach
  • Great for families
  • Pool with waterslides

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

from €1 a bottle

3 course meal

around €10-€15

Flight times

3-3.5hrs

All to play for

Here along the Costa Tropical, you’re promised hidden-away beaches and pebbly patches. Each vibrant little resort has a diverse coastline, with sailing and diving top afternoon activities. If culture’s your thing, prehistoric cave paintings decorate parts of Nerja, alongside plenty of Roman remnants.

Keep it cool

Immerse yourself in the easygoing local vibe. In the town centre, colourful outdoor markets scatter the streets, showing off bright pops of veg, cheese and meat stalls, along with all sorts of flowers and spices. It’s a feast for the senses, but save room for gazpacho, cured ham, and sumptuous seafood dishes.

Beaches

Arcs of sands and cosy coves take up the Costa Tropical’s coastline, so if you’re seeking smooth seas and silky sands, look no further. You’ll have dominating views of the historic resort in the backdrop, and water sports options in the waves. There really is a place for everyone – especially families.

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Playa La Herradura

Playa La Herradura

La Herradura, Costa Tropical

Backed by walkways filled with benches, small pop-up-style shops and beach bars, Playa La Herradura is an extensive sandy swathe with everything you’ll need, right at your fingertips. It’s got lounging spots...
Playa Puerta del Mar

Playa Puerta del Mar

Almunecar, Costa Tropical

With jutting jetties and small coves, this beach is pretty popular – and for good reason. This sandy patch is the second longest in the area, so you’ll have plenty of room to spread out and have a swim, too. If...

Sights

Historic remnants like imposing castles, mighty forts and elegant churches can all be found along this sunny shoreline. There’s a gorgeous old town to wander around, with something ancient and astonishing to uncover every step of the cobbles, plus archaeological, cultural, and other quirky museums.

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Activities

Take a walk along the wild side – pick from water parks, zoos and aquariums and everyone will stay happy. There’s a wide range of great days out for kids and for adults around the region, so make time to fit it all in. Explore the area at your leisure, too.

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Day trip to Morocco

Day trip to Morocco

Motril, Costa Tropical

Take a ferry across to Morocco and experience an incredible vibrant oasis of rustic traditions and desert views. Connecting Spain with this North African country, Motril is a great base for further exploration....
Los Moriscos Golf Club

Los Moriscos Golf Club

Motril, Costa Tropical

A modern course of exotic fruit and palm trees, lakes and manicured holes, Los Moriscos Golf Club is the place to go in Motril if you’re seeking a bit of time perfecting your swing. There’s a driving range and...

Eating and drinking

You’ll get a true taste of Spain in the Costa Tropical with everything from tapas cafés to fine dining. Seafood is a regular on many menus, with plenty of fresh salads on the side. Choose from rustic traditional takeaways, and modern contemporary restaurants.

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Local restaurants

Local restaurants

La Herradura, Costa Tropical

Eat like the locals and feast on fresh seafood and grilled sardines. These delightful delicacies are a must-chew while you’re in La Herradura. There are various dining areas around the beach and in the centre...
Seafood restaurants

Seafood restaurants

Motril, Costa Tropical

It doesn’t get much better than seafood freshly caught in the Med. Motril has a lengthy list of dining spots ready to tick the boxes, with lobster, swordfish, monkfish and octopus being among the hero dishes....

Shopping

This is an area that’s big on markets, so whether it’s clothes and crafts or fruit and veg, you won’t be short on choices. Boutique seekers, you’re in luck, too, with plenty of places to snap up some designer delights.

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Almunecar Old Town

Nightlife

The Costa Tropical isn’t really a party region but you’ll still find loads of hotspots to spend time when the sun goes down. You’ve got pubs, clubs and even karaoke bars, so groups won’t be short on options. Couples will be delighted at the selection of cocktail bars, too.

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