Spain Guide


Motril Beaches

You can sunbathe in the nude, you can paraglide off a mountain and land on the beach or you can simply enjoy fresh seafood down at the marina and people watch. It's all possible in Motril! This area enjoys a sub tropical microclimate with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, making the seafront a magnet for visitors all year round.

The port of Motril with its thriving commercial and fishing areas and leisure marina is the centre of seafront life. Here you can watch the fishermen auction off the day's catch, enjoy a wide range of watersports or take a boat trip over to Morocco. No less than 27 cruise ships make Motril their port of call as the gateway to Granada for passengers.

Motril's coastal strip has two main beaches Playa Poniente (the most popular) and Playa Granada. There are other beaches at Azucena and Torrenueva and a naturist beach, Playa La Joya near Torrenueva (park on the N340 coastal road at Castel de Ferro and go down some steep steps, about 500 metres, to the beach).

Fishing, sailing, jet ski ing, water ski ing and scuba diving are all available along this stretch of the Costa Tropical.

There's a local flying club for those who fancy taking to the mountainous hinterland with a paraglider or hang glider. Motril offers some of the best flying sites in the area and it's common to see flyers sweeping down from the hills, circling over the sea and landing on the local beaches.

The less daring and more culinary inclined might prefer to spend their leisure time in one of the many excellent seafront restaurants where there's a strong emphasis on fresh fish dishes. Try the local fried fish specialty, fresh sardines grilled over beach barbecues or Andalucian fish stew with rice or potatoes.

Restaurants here offer locally grown tropical fruits mangoes, papaya, avocadoes and sweet custard apples (chirimoyos) together with the fruity wine produced from the region's vineyards.

For divers, the clear waters and rocky bays along this stretch of the coast are a treasure trove of marine life, caverns and corals. The Motril wreck, a cargo vessel which sank in 1937, is a popular dive site and the waters off the nearby village of Herradura are particularly rich in marine life.

The Atlantic Stream brings lots of plankton and other micro life forms to these waters, making this area abundant in a wide variety of sea creatures there are conger and moray eels, swordfish, dolphin, octopus, sailfish and lobster.

Canoeing and whitewater rafting are among other water sports available locally there's a canoe course which runs right through the city of Granada.

Motril's seafront also provides the stage for two of the town's most important fiestas. The traditional Virgen del Carmen procession takes place during the evening of July 16th when local fishermen take an effigy of the virgin out to sea followed by a flotilla of small boats. On October 7th locals and visitors alike gather at the beach for a big outdoor party in honour of the Virgen del Rosario.