Spain Guide


Salobreña Spain

The town of Salobreña is located in the Spanish region of Andalucia on the Costa Tropical. Described by some as one of the Costa del Sol's best kept secrets, this delightful town may not have the international reputation of some of its coastal neighbours but it's an ideal holiday destination for the discerning tourist. Salobreña can't offer you glitz and glamour but if you want a relaxing holiday, good beaches, a wealth of leisure activities and a taste of the real Spain then you've come to the right place.

You can't miss it as you drive along the N340 coastal road. Travellers bound for other destinations find themselves compelled to take a detour into Salobreña when they spot this appealing whitewashed town clinging to the sides of an imposing rocky outcrop, crowned by a magnificent medieval castle.

The curious simply can't resist the temptation of entering those narrow, winding streets and making their way up the cobbled steps towards the 10th century Moorish stronghold.

What little breath you have left at the end of this uphill climb will be taken away by the spectacular views of the Mediterranean, the mountains and the sugar plantations which proliferate around the town.

Salobreña is fast becoming a favoured holiday spot due to its inherent beauty and charm combined with a perfect location for exploring the treasures of Andalucia. The town is just an hour's drive from Malaga International Airport and 45 minutes from the historic city of Granada with its fabulous Alhambra Palace.

Europe's most southerly ski slopes are just a 75 minute drive away in the Sierra Nevada mountain range visit Salobreña in the winter months and you can sunbathe in the morning and ski in the afternoon!

The area's clement climate and the wealth of things to do and places to visit in and around the town make this a popular holiday destination all year round.

The town is set against the backdrop of the Sierra Chaparral mountain range, looking out to sea across lush fields of exotic sub tropical fruits and sugar cane.

It was once practically an island until the river deposited its sediment to form a fertile delta where avocados, mangoes and bananas flourish.

Like much of Spain, Salobreña was once part of the Moorish empire and was ruled by the Arab invaders for several hundred years until the Christians recaptured the town in 1489. The town's defence walls were later pulled down to allow its expansion and development as a major producer of sugar cane, which was Salobreña´s principal source of income until well into the 20th century. In the small village of Caleta to the west of the town you'll find Europe's last remaining sugar factory.

Of course tourism is now replacing agriculture as the biggest source of revenue and there's much to appeal here to Spanish visitors and foreign holidaymakers alike.

The town's narrow streets are packed with traditional Spanish tapas bars, there's a lively nightlife here and a wealth of sporting, leisure and cultural activities.