The Costa Tropical is the name given to the 60 kilometres of coastline belonging to the province of Granada. It is sandwiched between the Costa del Sol (to the west) & the Costa Almeria (to its East). Though not nearly as well known as it's coastal neighbor it does offer a particularly picturesque seafront. Here the mountains slope right down to the sea, creating a series of coves & a panoramic backdrop. It is also a good place to come to get away from the crowds normally associated with other coastal regions.
Costa Tropical Attractions
In contrast with other parts of the country it is not the coastline which attracts the most visitors here. Instead it is the city of Granada, with its ancient Moorish origins (including the infamous Alhambra citadel) that draws the most crowds. Another major tourist attraction for the area is the Sierra Nevada; Spain's southernmost ski resort & the location for several beautiful national parks.
Moorish Costa Tropical
In fact as the last bastion of the Moorish empire in Spain the whole area is dotted with remnants of this part of Spain's history. There are many white villages perched on the slopes of the mountains, with their original (central) layouts largely preserved. Many monuments of Arab rule also prevail, from castles & fortifications, to gardens, watchtowers, & of course agriculture; as the Arabs imported many of Spain's most successful produce, as well as the techniques needed to grow them.
Costa Tropical Community
In recent years the Costa Tropical has expanded its resident international community, though a great deal less than in other parts of the country. However the identity & traditions of the people that live here are still very much alive, & many fiestas (festivals) take place throughout the year. The cuisine is another major bonus with affordable good food available everywhere, alongside the middle to high end restaurants. Plenty of shopping opportunities also exist; ranging from souvenirs, local goods & handicrafts, to designer label fashion & modern shopping centres.
Costa Tropical Climate
The climate in the Costa Tropical is welcoming for the vast majority of the year. At sea level the region boasts average highs of 30°C (86°F) during the summer months, & 15-20°C during the winter season. However it must be noted that temperatures drop significantly at altitude. Since much of the region is high above sea level, those visiting areas other than the coast should take this into consideration.
Costa Tropical Tourist Offices
Telephone +34 958 225217
Fax +34 958 223174