One of the main characteristics of Andalucia, and less than an hour’s drive from the city of Granada, is the Tropical coastline. Named as such due to the climate, vegetation, fruits and water temperature all being somewhat tropical, with 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 20ºC. The latitude, quality of the soil and protection by the mountains has created a kind of hothouse here which is reflected in the crops grown which include, sugar cane, avocados, custard apples and mangos.
Due to its location and fertile soils, the area has been conquered by numerous civilisations such as the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs, who have fought over it and left behind traces of their cultures. Interspersed with the newer developments you will find Phoenician & Roman remains housed in museums, Roman aqueducts and Muslim castles.
The coast line consists of both long beaches and almost hidden coves with a back drop of mountains. Although the area hasn’t quite avoided the invasion of tourism it is much less developed than the Costa del Sol. On an excursion to the Tropical Coast you can choose to relax and lie on the beach or partake in some water sports such as diving, windsurfing, snorkelling and sailing. Other options include a visit to some of the coastal monuments, paragliding, a drive through the National park in 4 wheel drive vehicles with a local guide to explain the plant and wildlife, or a visit to the caves in Nerja. This is one of the most beautiful caves in Europe with impressive formations of stalactites and stalagmites, one of which has an incredible height of 32 metres.