Best beaches on Granada’s Costa Tropical | The complete guide

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When we say that the province of Granada has it all, we are not lying to you! And it is that very close to the capital, just about 60 kilometers away is the Costa Tropical of Granada, a privileged environment with corners and beaches that deserve to appear in this blog.

And, what are the best beaches in Granada?

Then we take a tour of the entire coastline of the province of Granada, to discover the most special sites, beaches and coves for this summer.

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WHAT ARE THE BEST BEACHES AND COVES ON THE COAST OF GRANADA?

Grenade; city, mountain, towns, nature, coast and much more. Do you know that many travelers are not aware of the existence of the Costa Tropical of Granada?

Well, nothing more and nothing less than 18 are the municipalities of the province that make it up, and a total of 73 kilometers of beach bathed by the Mediterranean Sea.

What are the beaches of Granada like?

The entire Costa Tropical of Granada has a special character. Clean and clear waters, often crystalline, with pleasant temperatures almost all year round, thanks to the protection of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Beaches, coves and cliffs alternate along the entire coastline, opening up between the sea of ​​greenhouses. In this area there are the ideal conditions to grow tropical and exotic fruits such as avocado, mango, custard apple (with designation of origin), guava, papaya, medlars …

But the most remarkable and peculiar thing is that the beaches of Granada are not usually of fine and light sand, but are usually composed of dark sand, pebbles, pebbles, gravel or rock, almost always under a steep terrain full of cliffs. And this is what makes them unique as well as very clean.

However, there are beaches for all tastes! from secluded and hidden coves to wide and extensive beaches, nudist beaches, beaches that accept dogs or beaches perfect for diving, snorkeling, kayaking, diving or fishing.

Many of them even have a blue flag and a Q for tourist quality every year.

There is also the possibility of doing some hiking trails in its surroundings.


The beaches of the Costa Tropical de Granada have clean and clear waters, often crystalline, and with pleasant temperatures almost all year round.


In addition, it should be noted that the towns on the Granada coast where the best beaches are found are municipalities steeped in history, with influences ranging from Roman to Nasrid.

In short, the beaches of the province of Granada offer you a unique, pleasant environment, with all kinds of services and much less crowded than other tourist areas in our country.

Ready to find out which are the best beaches in Granada? We’ll tell you about it right away, going one by one and from west to east!

Beaches of Almuñecar

The town of Almuñecar is the one with the largest number of beaches on Granada’s Costa Tropical and the main tourist area on the entire Granada coastline, with a total of 19 kilometers and 18 beaches.

It borders the province and coast of Malaga, it offers a great variety and brings together some of the best-known beaches in Granada, both for locals and tourists.

In addition, the beaches of the Cerro Gordo-Maro area located in this municipality are one of the main tourist attractions due to their scenic beauty and their conservation.

And, what are the best beaches in Almuñecar?

  • Cantarriján Beach (with a nudist tradition, it is one of the hidden beaches of Granada that is worth highlighting, although you have to access it on foot or by bus)
  • Calaiza (small cove with calm waters)
  • La Herradura beach (extensive, located in the homonymous town and with all kinds of services. Beach with the Q quality mark)
  • Los Berengueles Beach (small beach also called Vapor Bay)
  • El Muerto Beach (nudist tradition, consists of a main beach and a small cove, linked together by a pedestrian path)
  • Cotobro Beach (accessed by a path through Playa El Muerto)
  • La Veintiuna Beach (small beach in an urban environment)
  • El Rincón de la China (small cove next to San Cristobal Beach)
  • San Cristobal Beach (1 km long beach, located in an urban environment, with fine dark sand and with the Peñón del Santo in the background. Beach with a Q quality mark)
  • La Caletilla Beach (narrow and urban beach, located between the Peñón del Santo and Puerta del Mar Beach)
  • Puerta del Mar Beach (extensive and urban beach, also called Fuentepiedra and with all kinds of services. Beach with the Q quality mark)
  • Velilla Beach (long, popular beach, with clear waters and in an urban setting with all kinds of facilities. Beach with the Q quality mark)
  • El Tesorillo Beach (small beach, frequented and located in an urbanized area)
  • El Pozuelo Beach (narrow, urban beach made up of dark sand, pebbles, gravel and pebbles)
  • Calabajío Beach (semi-urban beach with fine dark sand and calm, crystal clear waters)
  • Cabria (small beach made up of gravel, rock and calm waters)
  • Curumbico (small cove in an undeveloped area, with coarse sand and gravel)
  • Barranco de Enmedio (small cove with calm waters and dark sand located in an undeveloped area)

En In terms of facilities and surroundings, the best beaches in Almuñecar are Cantarriján, La Herradura, San Cristobal, Velilla, El Tesorillo and Calabajío.


Salobreña Beaches

Salobreña is a beautiful and typical town on the Granada coast that has a very rich historical past, which goes through the Neolithic period (with some archaeological findings), Phoenician times, Muslim invasion … The most remarkable and visible being the Castle of Salobreña , located in the heart of the city.

It has few beaches, but a good variety, from quiet and small coves where you can practice kayaking, diving or fishing, to extensive and busy beaches. Also, if you want to know where the closest beaches to Granada are, choosing Salobreña is a great idea.

What are the best beaches in Salobreña?

  • Cala el Pargo (very small and quiet cove ideal for diving and angling)
  • Caletón Beach (very small cove, with crystal clear waters and ideal for diving and angling)
  • Cala del Cambrón (small beach with low occupancy, without facilities and made up of gravel)
  • La Guardia Beach (long beach, more than 1 km long, quiet and with some basic services)
  • La Charca Beach (it is the continuation of Playa de la Guardia but separated by the Peñón de Salobreña, although it has more urbanization and numerous facilities. It has an area of ​​more than 2 km. Beach with the Q quality label)
  • Punta del Río Beach (long and extensive sandy and gravel beach which is also known as La Cagadilla)

The best and most touristy beaches in Salobreña are Playa de la Guardia and Playa de la Charca.


Motril Beaches

Motril is one of the most important cities in the province of Granada, considering itself an industrial and commercial center, as well as having a marina that has been growing strongly in recent years.

The town of Motril also has some of the best beaches on the Costa Tropical de Granada. These tend to be wider and flatter, completely surrounded by greenhouses and some of them even renew the blue flag every year.

They are also some of the closest beaches to Granada capital.

What are the best beaches in Motril?

  • Granada Beach (wide beach, with calm waters, a mixture of gravel and fine sand, with some basic services and with some grass plots just behind)
  • Poniente Beach (continuation of Granada Beach, it is wide, with calm waters, but with high occupancy. It has all kinds of facilities, including a promenade)
  • El Cable dog beach (12,000 square meters of beach enabled for dogs, just at the end of Playa Poniente and practically in the heart of the Port of Motril)
  • Las Azucenas Beach (beach with a width of 30 meters, with dark sand and located between the Port of Motril and Torrenueva Costa)
  • Cañón-la Pelá Beach (quiet beach where access to dogs is allowed)
  • Torrenueva Beach (very wide, long and highly urbanized beach, which has all kinds of facilities, including a promenade and an area set up as a beach for children)
  • La Joya Beach (small nudist beach, sand and gravel, with calm waters and no facilities)
  • Salmonete Beach (natural and rocky beach little known and low occupancy)
  • La Chucha Beach (semi-urban beach, almost 1 km long and with dark sand and gravel)
  • Carchuna Beach (blue flag beach, almost 4 km long, with gray sand and gravel and semi-urbanized)
  • Calahonda Beach (beautiful blue flag beach, with all kinds of facilities, clean, clear waters and ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Beach with the Q quality label)

We can say that the best beaches in Motril are Playa Granada, Playa Poniente, Playa de Torrenueva, Playa de la Joya and Playa de Calahonda.


Other beaches in Granada

In addition to all of the above, you can find numerous beach towns in Granada. Small towns that have very quiet beaches, little urbanized and not very touristy. Ideal for those seeking relaxation!

  • Cala Conejita (very small and hidden cove)
  • La Rijana Beach (one of the most beautiful coves in Granada, with calm and transparent waters, with a pleasant, intimate environment and without facilities. Beach with the Q quality label)
  • El Sotillo Beach (extensive, urban beach, with low occupancy, which belongs to the municipality of Gualchos – Castell de Ferro. Beach with the Q quality mark)
  • Castell de Ferro Beach (it is the continuation of Playa del Sotillo. It is an urban, non-touristy beach, located in the homonymous town and with basic services)
  • Cambriles -Lújar Beach (Coarse sand and gravel beach, little crowded, with basic services and which is the continuation of Castell de Ferro Beach)
  • El Lance Beach (small beach with dark and thick sand, which has some hospitality equipment and which belongs to the municipality of Rubite, in the lower Alpujarra)
  • Los Casarones Beach (narrow and small beach, not touristy and with some basic services)
  • La Mamola Beach (urban beach, clean, with breakwaters and very quiet)
  • Melicena Beach (quiet beach, with clear waters, low occupancy and located in Melicena, Sorvilán municipality)
  • Cala Chilches (natural and isolated beach of sand and gravel, without equipment or services, which must be accessed on foot and which belongs to the municipality of Albuñol)
  • El Ruso Beach (nudist beach with dark sand and clear waters, low occupancy and belonging to the municipality of Albuñol)
  • La Rábita Beach (quiet, extensive and urban beach, which allows nudism and access to dogs)

Other highlight beaches in the province of Granada are Playa de la Rijana and Playa de Castell de Ferro.


In short, if you want to know where the best beaches in Granada are, the most popular coastal municipalities are Almuñecar, Salobreña and Motril, but we cannot leave behind the less touristy beaches of the towns of Albuñol, Sorvilán, Polopos, Rubite or Gualchos.

What is clear is that it is difficult to distinguish which are the best beaches in Granada, since there is a variety for all tastes; Nudist, urbanized, small and secluded coves, beaches with distinctive tourist quality, beaches with all kinds of facilities, sandy beaches, gravel beaches, ideal beaches for water sports …

Do you know any other beach or cove on the Granada coast? What are the best beaches in Granada for you? Do you already know which beaches in Granada to visit? Do not hesitate to leave us your comment.

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