The first part of the description of the best beaches in Spain is here.
Well, now it’s possible in Motril. Huge beaches, clean sand and gray stones have made this city a favorite destination for the Spaniards. However, the British, Germans and Scandinavians also simply adore this place.
I wonder why Motril is still not very mastered by Russian tourists? The riddle! Ample free parking, convenient access and an esplanade with many restaurants and shops will certainly add charm to the city.
In the central part there are churches, museums and theaters. There is everything for practicing almost any sport. If you wish, you can even go through flight training!
How to get to Motril
You can get to Motril all the same, already well known to you, highway E-15. A distance of about 21 kilometers - by car, about half an hour.
Of course, he goes to Motril and the bus: Berja-Granada (Por Motril) in the direction of Granada. The road will take about an hour. It’s not difficult to get an overnight stay.
Want to relax in comfort? Well then Robinson Club Playa Granada is fine for you. The hotel has 329 rooms, a pool, a sauna, a spa, a tennis court, a gym, a golf course, a disco, and bicycle rental. Nearby is a public transport stop.
Staying hungry at Motril you just won’t succeed - you can easily find everything you want for every taste and budget: starting from the long-established McDonalds (Avda. Salobrena, S / N (Junto A Alcampo) 18600 Motril (Granada)) to chic restaurants.
For example, Paquillo, with parking service, a cozy summer terrace and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Address: Calle Julio Moreno 88 18600 Motril (Granada). The average bill is 50 EU.
And what beaches here!
Playa de calahonda
Address: Calahonda, Motril (Granada).
The length of the beach is 1,300 m, golden sand. This is perhaps the best beach in the region. Nearby is a quiet residential area, beautiful surroundings and many bars and restaurants.
Playa de la velilla
Address: Velilla-Taramay, Almunecar (Granada).
Length 700 m, white sand. The beach provides everything you need - a solarium, diving equipment. Nearby is a cobbled promenade for unhurried and thoughtful walks under palm trees.
Playa de poniente
Playa de poniente
Length 2,200 m, black volcanic sand. This is the largest and most famous beach. Sand and gray stones. Easy access, ample parking and a promenade with shops and restaurants. Here you will find everything for practicing various sports.
In such a relaxed and happy state, traveling from the beach to the beach, it is quite possible to spend several days. You have a vacation! Already tired of the serene “do-nothing-doing”? Then it's time to go for new experiences! Fortunately - everything is very close!
Perhaps the first place to visit is the Cueva de Nerja Cave.
Address:Carretera de Maro S / N 29787 Nerja (Malaga).
This excursion, without exaggeration, can be called a trip to the center of the Earth. The mesmerizing beauty of the cave, the fabulous interweaving of stalactites and stalagmites and ancient cave paintings can hardly leave anyone indifferent.
The cave is 4283 meters long. And in her galleries preserved traces of the earthquake that occurred 800 thousand years ago. Unfortunately, at the moment only the third, called “Lower” gallery, is open for visiting. In the first chamber of the cave - the Lobby - there is an exhibition of pottery and tools. And in the hall of Torca, you can see primitive drawings. In particular, symbolic images of animals.
Ticket price: adult - 8.5 EU, - children 4.5 EU.
Cueva del tesoro
The next obligatory item of the cultural program is the Cueva del Tesoro Cave.
Address:Cueva del Tesoro 29730 Rincon de la Victoria (Malaga).
This is one of those amazing caves in which, under the influence of fresh groundwater and salt water, a unique labyrinth has formed from the Mediterranean Sea. To this day, there are a huge number of legends telling about the treasures hidden in it.
There were many daredevils who tried to find them. For example, in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Swiss scientist Antonio de la Nari searched for this treasure for years. His story ended very sadly - he accidentally died in an explosion. In 1918, Abbot Bray discovered the remains of a Paleolithic site in Cueva del Tesoro. Some scholars claim that it was the sanctuary of Noctiluca, the Phoenician goddess of fertility, life and death. Ticket price: adult 4.65 EU, children 2.75 EU.
And of course, you can’t assume that you rested on the Costa Tropical, if you did not stop in Salobrena.
Almost unchanged year-round temperature and luxurious beaches make it a favorite destination for the Spaniards. Food lovers will appreciate the originality of the local cuisine, in which sugarcane and tropical fruits are combined with fish and shellfish.
Architecture lovers will no doubt please moorish castlecrowning the hill, at the foot of which Salobrena is located. Stunning views of the plain from the old fortress of the White City Guadalfeocovered with reeds.
The Spaniards know where and how to have a good time!
How to get there
Getting to Salobrena is very easy. By car - Avenida de Salobrena, highway E -15. 6.9 km, the road will take about 15 minutes. By public transport— Almeira-Sevilla bus in the direction of Sevilla. Only 1 stop, the same 15 minutes. If you do not want to spend time on daily trips from Mortril and back, then you can become right here: Best Western Hotel Salobrena.
You can try the famous Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine in the nearby restaurants.
El Penon (Mediterranean cuisine)
Address: Paseo Maritimo S / N 18680 Salobrela (Granada)
The average bill is less than 20 EU per person.
El Campano (Andalusian cuisine)
Address:Paseo Maritimo S / N 18680 Salobrela (Granada)
And you can come to this restaurant with your four-legged friend - animals are allowed!
And of course, the main goal is the stunning beaches of Salobrena! At all - excellent conditions for outdoor activities - fishing is very common, there is an opportunity for diving.
Length 50 m, pebbles. This small and very secluded beach is considered one of the best diving sites in Granada. Crystal clear water and bizarre cliffs surrounding the beach will not leave you indifferent.
Length 45 m, pebbles. Be sure to check out El Pargo This lost among mountain paths, a very unusual beach has two access to the sea. They pass through a kind of tunnel laid in the rock dividing the bay. The beach is also considered almost an ideal place for diving.
Well, in conclusion video with the beauties of Andalusia (ahhh, I want to go there.)
Well, so unnoticed journey through Granada came to an end. It is time to return to Madrid, and from there home. Goodbye, Spain - see you soon! After all, there are still so many wonderful and unexplored places that you must definitely see with your own eyes, and not on TV! So - you will certainly come back here!
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Town Motril has approximately 50,000 inhabitants and is located directly on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the province of Granada is located approximately 50 km from Motril. First of all, Motril is a trading city and an industrial city in which, first of all, fishing, the paper industry are developed, and sugarcane cultivation plays an important role.
The city of Motril lies on a hill at the foot of the Sierra de Luillard not far from the Costa Tropical. Along with the beautiful coast, Motril offers residents and tourists several attractions.
The old part of the city is a mixture of Andalusian and Arab cultures. Here you can find many more buildings of the 17th century and several beautiful palaces. On the hill rises the chapel of Virgen de la Cabeza. From this height a wonderful view of the city of Motril opens.
Baroque town halls and the 16th-century La Encarnacion church are also worth seeing. The city has several wonderful beaches. This is, first of all, Poniente, La Yocha and Karchuna. Also, the port area is a great place to relax - this is a wonderful place for a walk, as it combines a sports harbor, a trading port and a fishing harbor.
The climate in Motril is very mild, as the winds are held thanks to the nearby mountain ranges. During the summer months, the place is very busy, as first-class beaches attract both tourists and Spaniards. Casa de Palma houses the Sugarcane Museum. There is a good 18 hole golf course nearby the sports harbor.
In addition, the castle of Karchuna, the Hermitage in San Antonio and the Theater of Calderon are worthy of observation. Agriculture is an important industry, as fertile soils allow the cultivation of various crops, sugarcane, vegetables and cereals. Since the city has an important fishing harbor, you can order fresh fish and seafood in the restaurants.
Link to the source: http://www.privet-andalusia.ru/165/Province-Granada/Motril.html
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In addition to excursions, you can always diversify your leisure time by playing tennis, golf, walking along the streets of the city, visiting local restaurants and clubs.
Motril hotels have all the conditions for a comfortable holiday for tourists. You can rent apartments or stay in a hostel - the choice of accommodation options is great.
Try local ham, sausages, gazpacho with tortillas, broth with stewed liver, aromatic wine.
In Motril’s shops you should look after wines, souvenirs, aromatic herbs - all that will remind you of a pleasant stay.
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Motril's favorable location between the sea and the mountains gave it a special microclimate of 320 sunny days a year at an average annual temperature of 20 ° C and a beautiful name - the tropical coast of Costa Tropical. Geographically Motril belongs to the province of Granada (69 km from the city of Granada), is located at the foot of the Sierra de Lújar mountains and is the second largest city in the province after Granada itself with a population of more than 60 thousand people.
Trip to Motril, Spain
From Almeria to Motril I took the Almeria-Malaga-Algeciras direction by bus. I bought tickets on the official Alsa website. Tickets: there-10 euros 21 cents, back (direction Granada-Almeria) -8 euros 30 cents. Tickets can also be bought from the driver when boarding the bus.
Having left at the bus station, I headed to the city center (10 minutes on foot), or rather to the tourist office. Here they gave me a map, noted the most beautiful places, explained how to get there. An office employee said that Russian tourists are rare here. I don’t know about tourists, but when I walked around the city, I met a Russian girl with a small child, and several more compatriots near the bar. 😛
- Concerning tourist office, then its operation mode:
- Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday and public holidays: from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
- Santuario de Nuestra senora de la Cabeza, Patrona de Motril
From the office I went up the stairs to the stunningly beautiful church of Santuario de Nuestra senora de la Cabeza, Patrona de Motril (another name for the temple is "El Cerro de la Virgen"). Interestingly, this building was originally an Arab castle, where the mother of the last king of Granada lived. However, the palace was destroyed, and in 1499 a church was built.
The church is open only during mass. This time I was lucky, so I was able to admire the interior too. I went in, listened a bit, quietly took a couple of photos and left. It is interesting that at first the priest spoke of God, and then a woman went out from the podium, followed by a child who recited a prayer.
Mass schedule in Santuario de Nuestra senora de la Cabeza (winter, may vary in summer):
- Monday to Thursday Mass at 19.30,
- Saturdays - at 19.30
- on Sundays - at 10.00, 13.00, 19.30.
At the foot of the church is a small, picturesque park of "American villages" (el Parque de los Pueblos de America) with many exotic trees. I advise you to visit this garden in the spring, when everything blooms.
Walking through the park, I headed to the city square. Motril has 2 main squares - the Plaza of Spain and the Square of Liberty. In general, the Spaniards strongly bother with the names. 😉 In any Spanish town there will definitely be an area with that name. In the Plaza de Espana, there is another church that asks for a camera lens - Iglesia Mayor de Encarnacion, more like a fortress. The building was built between 1510 and 1514.
Other architectural sites worthy of attention include the municipal market building and the Ayuntamiento government building, which adorns the square.
Also in the center there is a sculpture of a man with a donkey and with sugarcane. Sugarcane was previously grown here, and there was even a factory for its processing. By the way, the last time sugarcane was processed in Motril in April 2006. You can also visit the sugar cane museum in the city. Museo Preindustrial de la Caña de Azúcar.
Museum working hours:
In the summer period (June 15 - September 15)
- Tuesday-Saturday - 10.00-14.00, 18.00-20.00
- Sunday - 10.00-14.00.
In winter (September 16 - June 14)
- Tuesday-Saturday - 10.00-14.00, 16.00-19.00
- Sunday - 10.00-13.30.
Entrance fee is 3 euros.
Having walked around the center, I headed to the port gate (Motril gate) - about 2.5 km on foot. You can also get there by public transport, but I prefer to walk back and forth. I reached there successfully, managed to get lost back. Those who are familiar with "topographical cretinism" firsthand will understand me.
When I walked back, I heard the ringing of bells, and in one of the alleys I saw a church, where I immediately went.
So I turned “out of the true path” and it was not easy to return back. 😀 But, as they say, the language will bring to Kiev. True, the problem is that sometimes within 5-10 minutes you will not meet a single living soul. As for the gate to the port, I can say that they did not impress me.
However, a walk is definitely worth it even for the sake of beautiful views along the way.
The sea and the beach are picturesque (as in all coastal towns). There are 8 beaches in Motril:
Playa Granada, Playa de Poniente, Playa de las Azucenas, Playa de aTorrenueva, Playa de la Joya, Playa de la Chucha, Playa de Carchuna, Playa de Calahonda. Two beaches (de las Azucenas and de la Joya) are natural.
Beach de Carchuna was chosen by fishermen.
So the time approached when it was necessary to return to the bus station. In principle, 4 hours are enough for a quiet tour of the city. The most beautiful and interesting can sometimes be seen simply by turning into another narrow street.
The local girl with whom we talked said that you definitely need to come to Motril for some holiday, the most striking and interesting of which are the boat parade of the magic kings (La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, January 5), Dia de los Terremotos ( 13th of January).
As for the food, the "food" for every taste and the wallet at every step in the center. There are tapas bars, pizza, and Chinese cuisine.
Motril bus station is a typical provincial one, there is a small cafe, a toilet (free), a ticket office - information, vending machines where you can buy tickets. Yes, there is also a vending machine for the sale of parapharmaceutical products. Either I didn’t notice in Russia, but I saw this for the first time - sanitary napkins, baby food, hot cold drinks (such as Teraflu), condoms. In short, "from all sorrows."
The next trip was planned to Almunecar, which I will discuss later. And finally, traditionally, some more photos of Motril.