Granada can get very hot in the summer so what better way to cool off than a trip to the beach!? The Costa Tropical is situated just over an hour away from Granada and there are plenty of beaches to choose from. The beaches are not known for their fine, golden sand as they are mostly pebble and medium-sand base. Despite this, the coastline is beautiful and not as touristy as the beaches along the Costa del Sol. Here are some of the most popular beaches you can get to from the Granada Bus Station. There are other smaller beaches along the coast but it is probably better to go to those ones by car.
- Motril: The closest beach to Granada and it only takes an hour to get there. You can
either get the bus to the town of Motril and explore its history first, or, you can get a bus that goes straight to the beach. If you go straight to the beach, you will be dropped off by Playa Granada, the main beach in the area. The beach is situated next to a beautiful golf course and it is the most convenient option if you want to take a break by the sea for the day. Bus tickets only cost €11 return.
- Salobreña: The good thing about Salobreña, is that you will get dropped off in the
town centre, which is only a 10 minute walk from the beach. You can take this opportunity to stroll through this beautiful and historic whitewashed town. The highlight is the old Moorish castle which sits above the town. The two main beaches are separated by a large rock in the middle and are both great with crystal clear waters. The price is great too at only €12 return from Granada.
- Almuñécar: Another important town with a rich, and still visible, Moorish history. You
will get dropped off in the town centre, which is only a 5 minute walk from the beach. The beaches here are big and very popular. There are a few beaches near the town too which you could venture out to, if you are feeling adventurous; however the main beaches are sufficient for relaxing. The bus takes around an hour and 20 minutes and costs just €15 return from Granada bus station.
- Nerja: Now onto one of the most famous resorts on the Spanish coast. Nerja straddles
between the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical and acts as the gateway from the pebble, gravel beaches to the fine sandy beaches further along the coast. The town is beautiful and buzzing with more of a European tourist vibe than a mainly Spanish one you will find at the other beach towns. Most of the beaches here are fine sand and you will be able to find small kiosks on the beachfront selling helpful things (like an Ice Cream!). The bus costs just under €20 and it takes around 1 hour 45 minutes to get there.
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