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Costa Tropical

Costa Tropical

Situated between the Costa del Sol and Costa de Almeria is Spain's stunning Costa Tropical. Not nearly as famous as its coastal neighbours, visitors to Tropical can escape the alcohol fuelled crowds and relish in the beauty that the region has to offer minus the over-touristic feature now synonymous with its neighbours. The coastline is picturesque with protected coves, Moorish castles, sugar cane plantations and hillside villages. The area's sub-tropical climate makes way for year-round sun. Combined with the sea and sand, you have the perfect recipe for a water sports heaven. Jet skiing, sailing and water skiing are all immensely popular here and ideal for thrill seekers.

The capital of Almuñécar is a town dedicated to providing the holidaymaker with a heady combination of sun-drenched relaxation and picturesque exploration. The horseshoe shaped bay has a sand and shingle beach for sun worshippers and clear waters for scuba divers. The Paseo Andrés Segovia is where the majority of restaurants are located and freshly caught sardines are available on the BBQ most evenings.

With many people referring to it as the prettiest beach on the Costa Tropical, La Herradura stretches the entire two kilometres of the bay. There are a number of beach bars in the resort and it is a popular place for water sport activities. Playa San Cristobal is another fantastic beach located in Almuñécar and is mainly populated with hotels and apartments. The main beach is home to Costa Tropical's Aquapark, which is just a short distance away. The region also offers an isolated beach with a designated nudist area, although the majority of people choose to use swimwear.

Salobreña is a beautiful village in Costa Tropical with an array of whitewashed houses overlooked by a tenth century Moorish castle. The village is littered with fascinating Roman remains and, up until a few decades ago, a Roman aqueduct was fully functional, situated approximately four kilometres from Almunecar.

For those fascinated by flora, the beautiful botanical gardens at Parque del Majuelo are a must-see, as this area is also where the remains of a salt fishing factory lie. Both young and old travellers will enjoy the bird park in Almuñécar, where a thousand different birds, including doves and ostriches, call home. This whole area is ideal for taking a leisurely scenic stroll or for climbing the Moorish castle to take in some of the most exquisite views in Spain.

The varied landscape of Costa Tropical (also known as Costa Granada) is epitomised by its sheer mountain edges that jut out of the water in stark contrast to its smooth coastlines. Its beaches offer more than just sand and sea and they are fully equipped for paragliding, snorkelling and horse riding. If you fancy spending the morning scuba diving and discovering the underwater wildlife, the afternoon exploring the rock faces, and the evening eating, drinking and dancing, you can do it all here.

Cycle paths and hiking tracks are aplenty on Costa Tropical. You can explore the surrounding hills at your own pace and make time to just sit back and watch the world go by from one of the many scenic seating areas. The city of Granada is home to the Alhambra, which is a collection of 14th century majestic palaces and gardens. The compound, including the summer palace Generalife, lies at the foot of the highest mountain range in Spain and overlooks the lush and fertile plain of Granada and the stunning city below.

Costa Tropical, being part of mainland Spain, is subject to seasonal weather. Much of the year, sunshine is a regular occurrence, but the winter months can be cool and breezy. This will not stop a seasoned traveller equipped for the weather and ready to explore what this beautiful and relatively undiscovered region has to offer. The deep blue seas and clear skies dominate the majority of days on this beautiful coastal town, while for those rainy days, scuba diving is a fantastic way to get wet and stay entertained at the same time.

Much more than just a beach resort, Costa Tropical is a multi-faceted destination offering adventure, history and tranquillity in equal measures. Whether water based pursuits or mountain exploration, you can fill your day with ample activities, as there is plenty to see and do within this area. It is easy to see why this coastal region is a firm favourite with many cruise liners and why those who have ventured here often return to experience more of this Spanish gem.

 
 
 
 
 

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