One of the most interesting regions of Spain is certainly Andalusia which is also rich in beautiful beaches; in Granada province, for example, there is a city that is able to offer, given its geographical location, sea and mountain. This amazing town is called Motril. It is located on the Andalusian coast, in the part which is called ‘Costa Tropical’. You can mainly arrive here by ferry, because there is no airport; the closest ones are in Granada, Almeria and Malaga, though.
Motril is located a few kilometers from Granada; the Sierra Nevada protects it from the cold winds coming from the north; its climate is therefore particularly mild, with rare rains. It is therefore an ideal place for a vacation even outside the summer period.
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The old town is very interesting since, as in many other Spanish cities, the Arabs have left many traces of their ruling, such as the characteristic buildings of the Moorish quarter. You can get there going through the Puerta de Granada, an opening in the walls that in the past was the only way to access the city.
There are many churches, including the Church of La Encarnación which was built in 1502 on the ancient mosque. The Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Cabeza (Head Of Our Lady) is in Baroque style and is dedicated to the Patroness of the city. The Patron Saint of sailors is instead the Madonna del Carmen, Reina Mother of Varadero. Every year, in mid-July, they celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Carmen with a procession during which the statue, decked with numerous and colorful flowers, is brought on a boat.
Very recommended is a visit to the Museo de Historia of Motril, located on Calle Cardenal Belluga, where shows and tells the local history.
To relax a little after visiting the city you can head to the Parque de Los Pueblos de America, where it is very pleasant to walk in the shade of big trees to sit and close to lakes.
Obviously you must go to enjoy the beaches of Motril, one more beautiful than the other: the Carchuna beach, the Poniente, La Joya, Playa Granada and many others. Many are equipped, quite crowded during the summer, such as Poniente beach. Others are quieter as the beach of Playa Granada; in the vicinity of the latter there is also a golf course, Los Moriscos.
Following the west coast you get to the pretty village of Salobrena and visit its castle which is visible from afar; the town of Castell de Ferro, which is also very attractive, is located on the east coast.
If instead of the beach you prefer the mountains, then nothing could be simpler: just half an hour and, passing by flowering shrubs and fruit trees amang cultivation of sugarcane (in this region also makes a great rum), you will arrive to the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, and more specifically to the Sierra de Las Alpujarras. Here the landscape changes but is equally magnificent. This area is rich in springs and thermal waters. Halfway between Motril and Granada are the Terme di Lanjaron, a small town famous for its healing waters, where you can also see the ruins of the Castle.
Continuing north, you reach the beautiful city of Granada, known and famous throughout the world for one of the most beautiful and evocative location that one can admire: The Alhambra.
As it turned out, a holiday in Motril gives the opportunity to relax by the sea or in the mountains, but also to discover many interesting places! So do not hesitate and book now your trip!