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Top 7 things to do in Costa Tropical for FREE
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Top 7 things to do in Costa Tropical for FREE

  • Climb for insane views

      1. Punta de la Mona Lighthouse. From the Green Zone in the Punta de la Mona urbanization, climb the stone stairway to the top. There you will find the Punta Watchtower and enjoy spectacular views of the coastline going east towards Almuñécar. 

      2. The Almuñécar Peñón. While at the beach in Almuñécar, head over to the Peñon (Giant rock formation jutting out into the sea) and climb the staircase to the top. You will find a wide patio with incredible coastal views to the east and west, and the castle behind it.

  • Strolls and hikes

      1. The ‘La Aldea’ community that clings to the cliffs overlooking the marina and the beach below. It is a small neighbourhood with winding streets and pathways that lead to beautiful homes covered in colourful flowers and tropical plants. La Aldea is a very popular area for rentals during the summer months.

      2. Explore or Take a Guided Walking Tour of the Old Town. Each of the Old Towns are fun to walk around and explore. La Herradura’s is small but quaint, Almuñécar and Salobreña have much larger old town areas to explore and Nerja has a great Old Town Shopping district.

      3. Go on an Amazing Hike and enjoy the incredible views, because this coast is mostly known for being for the people who love to be outdoors. People come here for all sorts of reasons but one very popular one is for hiking. The coastline is just stunning and the trails running from the towns of Maro to La Herradura are unforgettable.

  • Bird watching in Motril

It is a natural marsh area that is home to many unique species of birds and other animals. It opens most afternoons and is free to the public. One word of caution as this is a sanctuary for the animals living there, silence is expected. There are many “hides” throughout the park where bird enthusiasts can sit quietly and enjoy watching and photographing the wildlife.

  • Enjoy the local Fiestas! 

Check the calendar to see what’s on while you’re here. There’s no doubt a fireworks display, parade or fun holiday party happening somewhere. Some of the more renowned parties are the Almunecar Fiestas, La Herradura Fiestas, Fiestas by month in the Costa Tropical, among others.

  • Drive along the coast

Spain is a breathtakingly beautiful country. The natural beauty of the terrain throughout the country can just be unbelievable. There are many larger cities in Spain like Madrid and Barcelona, but most of the country is made up of national parks that are undeveloped and protected. Along the old N-340 highway going to the east towards La Herradura is one of the most spectacular areas along the coast. There are many beautiful beaches along the way to explore. From the town of Calahonda, just past Motril, you will find another stretch of the old coastal road that is just stunning. You can wind around its curves and cliffs until you get to the easternmost part of the Costa Tropical and enjoy amazing views along the way.

  • Experience the Local Markets

If you’ve never been it’s quite an exhilarating experience. Men and women shouting loudly, selling their wares, the smell of exotic spices and the sea of people who come out religiously to find the best deals to be had. You can usually find a market somewhere on any given day of the week in the Costa Tropical, all the larger towns have one. You can definitely find a ‘mercado’, which is the town’s fresh food market, open daily and then there are the travelling markets that set up in a different town each day.

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