Spain Guide


Motril Nightlife

Motril has a lively nightlife throughout the year with bars, restaurants and clubs staying open till the small hours. But don't expect the glitz of Marbella or the raunchiness of Torremolinos the nightlife here is distinctly Spanish with traditional music, local fiestas and late night tapas bars.

You can tour the tapas bars until well after midnight, often enjoying a free "tapa" with every drink. This is one of the last strongholds of this delightful Andalucian tradition whereby bar owners will provide a tempting morsel of fish, meat or cheese with your drink. The custom originates from the habit of covering drinks with a tapa (literally "cover") of bread to keep off flies and other insects.

The tradition has died out in the more cosmopolitan resorts where drink prices are higher and you don't get anything without paying for it!

You'll find live music and entertainment in some of the bars and restaurants in town and down at the marina, especially during the summer months.

But don't come to Motril for all night clubs with laser lights and live sex shows!

If you're interested in the Spanish way of partying you'll enjoy the numerous traditional fiestas held throughout the year these generally involve traditional music and dancing in the streets, processions, parades, fireworks and a great deal of noise.

Visit in February and you'll be able to enjoy ski ing in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range and return to Motril for the late night carnival celebrations. Masked revellers take to the streets in a "Mardi Gras" type knees up reminiscent of the centuries old French tradition heralding the arrival of Lent.

Easter week or "Semana Santa" sees a more religious form of fiesta with solemn processions through the streets. Then there's the Feast of the Holy Cross on May 3rd when the town is decorated with crosses and flowers, the locals don fiesta costumes, street bars are set up and there's much music and merrymaking.

On July 16th there's the traditional feast of the Virgen del Carmen when, at sunset, an effigy of the virgin is carried out to sea at by local fishermen 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. One sometimes wonders what the virgin makes of it all!

A more lively nightlife can be found in the neighbouring Costa Tropical resort of Almuñecar. But for a wider variety of all night activity head for the historic city of Granada where the university student population ensures the party never stops.

Visit Granada's Moorish "gypsy quarter" of Albaicin or the famous El Sacromonte caves where you can enjoy passionate performances of traditional gypsy flamenco music and dance.

Regular performances of classical Spanish music and dance are staged in the fabulous Moorish palace of Alhambra in the Palacio de Carlos V renaissance patio and the fountain filled Generalife Gardens. The biggest event of the year here is the International Music and Dance Festival, now in its 51st year and one of the most important events of its kind in the whole of Spain. The festival is normally held around the end of June, beginning of July.