La Costa Tropical , a rugged 80km stretch of coastline is the name given to the Granada Province coast overlooking the Mediterranean. It has one of the oldest towns which is increasingly becoming popular with foreign residents.
This is Granada’s premier resort. Its seafront promenade, Paseo Puerto del Mar, consists of small coves and a rocky outcrop called El Peñon del Santo (Saints Rock). Behind Saints Rock is a tropical bird aviary, El Loro Sexi bird park with some 1600 birds of different species on display.
The towns impressive Castillo de San Miguel occupies the top of the hill and is a legacy of the Moorish area. It commands excellent views of the surrounding area. The town itself consists of irregular, cobbled streets with small courtyards full of flowers and white washed facades.
A couple of kms further inland is a first century two-level Roman aqueduct which is well worth a visit.
Travelling east from Almunecar is Sobreña, a white village clinging to a hillside crowned by an impressive Arab castle.
The walls of the castle and keep dominate the village and the surrounding fields of sugar cane. Walk along the parapets of the Alcazar and feast on the outstanding views. From here you will see the 16th century church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario which occupies the site of a previous mosque, you can’t fail to miss its arched entrance and elegant tower.