Granada's splendid coastline stretches from Malaga to Almeria. The area of the Granada coast is the most densely populated in the province. It is protected by mountain ranges to the north and kissed by soft winds from North Africa and the warm waters of the Mediterranean, providing a microclimate unique in Europe, giving rise to the name "The Tropical Coast."
The kindness of the climate allows one to sunbathe in comfort on the beaches at all times of the year. With more than 320 days of sun per year and an average temperature of 20ºC it is a blessed spot. The coast consists of a succession of coves and promontories resulting from the mountains which surround the sea.
This region has been occupied since antiquity. It was coveted by all civilations which then settled here including the Phoenicians, Romans, Muslims and Christians. It is possible to see archaelogical remains of great interest, mainly in Almuñecar (the site of ancient Phoenician town of Sexi ) and Salobreña.
The village of the interior offer tranquility, with the added value that they are only a few kilometres from the coast.
Almulecar, Motril and Salobreña are the main places with lovely coarse sand beaches and clear waters where one does not suffer overmuch from the overcrowding which affects other places along the coast.
Five kilometres from Almuñecar is La Herradura which is one of the best dive sites in the area.