Granada beach towns

One of the beaches of Almuñécar

there are precious Granada beach towns, although the coast of this Andalusian province is not the most famous in the Mediterranean coast. Those from the Levantine and Catalan areas and even the coast of the Balearic islands.

However, this does not mean that the coast of Granada is less attractive. On the contrary, his many kilometers of beaches, they have nothing to envy to those of those other regions. What happens is that, perhaps, they have not received as much mass tourism as they have. Therefore, we are going to show you some of the most beautiful beach towns in Granada.


Beach of Puerta del Mar

Puerta del Mar beach in Almuñécar

This beautiful Granada town is located in the southwestern part of the province. In fact, it already borders the Malaga municipality of Nerja. It has no less than nineteen kilometers of coastline that include beautiful beaches such as those of Cantarriján, Puerta del Mar, San Cristóbal, Velilla, Los Berengueles or La Herradura.

But Almuñécar has much more to offer you. Inhabited since the fifteenth century before Christ, as evidenced by the remains of the Argaric culture found in the area, it was an important Phoenician city and, later, Roman and Arab. In it he landed Abderraman I, who would found the Emirate of Córdoba and who has a statue in Almuñécar.

Precisely to the Latin period belong the cotobro bridge and Monk's Tower columbarium, a funerary pantheon from the XNUMXst century after Christ located on the outskirts of the town. Also in them are the Cabria Tower, built in the XNUMXth century to defend the coast, and the Punta la Mona lighthouse, which is located on top of another old watchtower.

As for the religious heritage of Almuñécar, we recommend that you visit the hermitage of San Sebastián, whose existence is already documented in the XNUMXth century and that you will love for its simple shapes. You must also see the beautiful Church of the Incarnation, a Granada baroque jewel built in the XNUMXth century. They were responsible for its construction Juan de Herrera y Diego of Siloam.

Likewise, Almuñécar has beautiful civil monuments. Among them, visit the castles of San Miguel, a Muslim fortress reformed in the times of Carlos I, and Horseshoe, which, on the other hand, is from the XNUMXth century. It is also superbly preserved Roman aqueduct, despite the fact that it was built in the first century after Christ.

They are not the only archaeological remains that you can visit in the town. In the El Majuelo Botanical Park you have remains of an old Roman salting factory, as well as a precious collection of vegetables. And in the Cave of the Seven Palaces, located under an old temple from that same period, is the Archaeological Museum, with numerous pieces. Among these stands out an Egyptian amphora from the XNUMXth century before Jesus Christ.

Finally, we will tell you about one of the symbols of Almuñécar. Its about Holy Rock, a set of three rocky appendages that offer you wonderful views of the Granada coast. In the largest you have a viewpoint crowned with a cross.

Salobreña, tourist among the beach towns of Granada


Historical complex of Salobreña with its castle on top

Bordering on the previous one, is Salobreña, one of the preferred destinations for those who go on vacation to the province of Granada. This is due to its magnificent climate, but above all to beautiful beaches like those of La Guardia, Caletón or La Charca.

Also, if you like diving, you should know that the seabed in the area is included in a special conservation area called Treasure of Salobreña. On the other hand, if you prefer to walk, you have the Mediterranean Path, a circular route of five kilometers that passes through several beaches, ravines and cliffs.

The great symbol of the town of Granada is the castle, which dominates it from a hill. Dating from the XNUMXth century, although it has undergone several subsequent reforms, it is a Site of Cultural Interest. Likewise, it is constituted by an architectural ensemble in which towers such as those of the Homage, the Polvorín or the Coracha.

But, if we talk about towers in Salobreña, it stands out Cambron's, from the Nasrid period and located on a hill next to the ravine of the same name. Its mission was to defend the coast and, currently, it is part of the gardens of a hotel. Like the previous one, it is an Asset of Cultural Interest, a recognition that is also shared by the remains of its walls and the historic quarter.

To the latter belongs the precious Albaicín neighborhood, with its white houses and adorned with flowers. Do not miss the views from its viewpoint, which is almost a hundred meters above the cliff. As for the religious heritage of Salobreña, we advise you to visit the church of the rosary, a wonderful XNUMXth century Mudejar construction built on an old mosque. Inside, there is a carving of the Virgen del Rosario, also from the XNUMXth century.

Motril, immense beaches


Calahonda beach in Motril

In turn, the municipality of Motril adjoins that of Salobreña and stands out for being one of the beach towns in Granada that has the largest beaches. To give you an idea, the carchuna beach it is more than three thousand eight hundred meters long; Westeros, more than two thousand two hundred, and the one from Granadaalmost fourteen hundred.

On the other hand, Motril was an important sugar center. Proof of this are two museums dedicated to this industry. The Sugarcane Pre-Industrial It is unique in all of Europe. It shows how this product was obtained before the Industrial Revolution. On the other hand the Sugar Museum Pilar Factory shows the machines that were later used for the same purpose.

In addition, you have two other museums in the town of Granada. They are the one of the History of Motril, which is located in the Garces House, built in the XNUMXth century, and the Jose Hernandez Quero Art Center, dedicated to this painter. Likewise, other old sugar factories are preserved, such as Nuestra Señora de la Almudena, San Luis or Nuestra Señora de las Angustias.

La House Countess of Torre-Isabel It is neoclassical from the XNUMXth century. To the same period belong the Town hall, Calderon de la Barca Theater, the old Santa Ana Hospital and the call House of the Bates.

Even more important is the set of religious buildings that you can see in Motril. Among them stands out the Church of the Incarnation, built at the beginning of the XNUMXth century in the Mudejar Gothic style. However, it underwent reforms both in the XVII and in the XVIII. More striking still is the Church of Our Lady of the Head, patron saint of the town. It is a XNUMXth-century building that was almost completely rebuilt in the XNUMXth century, giving it a classicist touch.

The religious heritage of Motril is completed by the churches of the Divina Pastora, of the XVII, and of the Convent of the Nazarene, of the XVIII. As well as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Victory and the hermitages of the Virgen del Carmen, Our Lady of Angustias (both baroque), San Antonio de Padua and San Nicolás.

Iron Castle

Iron Castle

Aerial view of Castell de Ferro

Less known among the beach towns of Granada than the previous ones is Castell de Ferro, capital of the municipality of gualchos. For this reason, its sandbanks are less popular than the previous ones. Among them, you have the Sotillo beach, the Castell beach, the Cambriles beach or the Rijana beach.

As far as the monuments of this locality, it emphasizes the arabic castle overlooking it from a hill. Its construction date has not been fixed, although it is known that, previously, there was where a Roman fortification was found. The same origin had tower of the Rijana, also used by the Muslims and next to which there is an archaeological site from the Caliphate period. However, other watchtowers in the area date from later: those of Cambriles and El Zambullón are from the XNUMXth century and the one at Estancia is from the XNUMXth century.

On the other hand, in the nearby town of gualchos, located on the slope of the beautiful Sierra de Lujar, you have the church of san miguel, built at the beginning of the XNUMXth century, which has a beautiful altarpiece and a carving of this saint.

Sorvilán, an exception to the beach towns of Granada


Sorvilán is not one of the beach towns of Granada, but it has four in its municipal area

We now come to this small Granada town that is also much less known than Salobreña or Motril. However, its origins date back to the XNUMXth century and the municipality to which it gives its name has four beautiful beaches: those of La Mamola, Los Yesos, La Cañas and Melicena.

But Sorvilán is almost eight hundred meters high. Therefore, it does not have a beach, although its municipal term combines the sea and the mountains like few other places. In fact, a few kilometers from the mentioned sandbanks you have the Gato and Mondragón peaks.

On the other hand, in this town you can see the beautiful Church of San Cayetano, built in the XNUMXth century on the remains of a mosque. in the vicinity of Melicena, which is located at the foot of St. Patrick's Rock, there is a coastal watchtower. And in Alfornon they find an oil mill and the Church of San Roque, both from the XNUMXth century. But, above all, between this last town and Sorvilán, you have the Valencian promenade, which stands out for its scenic beauty.

In conclusion, we have shown you the most beautiful Granada beach towns. We could also add to this list Albunol, which, despite being inland, has beautiful beaches in its municipal area. But, if you visit these locations, we strongly recommend that you also visit Granada capital, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Doesn't that sound like a good plan?

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