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The Granada town has quality beaches and crystal clear waters to offer to visitors
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Salobreña, beach and history
The castle which crowns the Granada town of Salobreña and was built during the rule of the Nasrid dynasty.
Beaches, bays and natural wilderness are just some of attractions Salobreña brings to the shores of the Costa Tropical.
Crowned by a castle and packed with cultural gems, this part of Granada province can boast a climate enjoyed by inhabitants and tourists alike throughout the year. All of these characteristics make Salobreña a fitting place for those who enjoy nature and history. It’s also considered a paradise for those looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday.
Gastronomy is another of the area’s strengths. The dishes that stand out most are understandably its fish and shellfish. Equally as delicious however, is the area’s traditional home cooking. Many of the dishes have been passed down the generations and include ‘migas’, a dish based around fried bread, and several types of traditional stew.
Historical buildings
Salobreña’s castle is without doubt the monument that is most well known in the town with it standing above the rest of the area. Its architecture is very typical of the time it was built in, being constructed during the reign of last Moorish dynasty on the peninsular, the Nasrid dynasty.
Ten years ago the castle was declared a National Heritage Site and from its towers it’s possible to view the entirety of Salobreña’s natural landscape. Thanks to its distinct characteristics and the draw the region’s climate brings, the castle is one of the most visited sites on the Costa Tropical.
Situated very close to this monument is another of the Granada town’s most appreciated buildings, the Rosario church. Inside, the image of the Virgen del Rosario is situated in surroundings that are very Moorish in style.
Constructed in the 16th century, the church had to undergo a partial reconstruction as after two centuries the roof was in need of replacing, a job that took 15 years to complete.
One of the main reasons Salobreña has become so popular to visit for tourists is that its beaches offer beautiful stretches of sand and crystal clear water.
Although Playa del Cambrón is a beach that is difficult to access and is lacking in shops and services, it is perfect for those looking for a quiet moment of relaxation.
A little less remote is Playa de la Guardia which is surrounded by farmland cultivating crops.
Playa del Calentón offers a large variety of species in its marine life. The beach is a good choice for those willing to dive and enjoy the marine life thriving underwater. If however, you would prefer a family friendly beach with good facilities and easy access then the best option is Playa de la Charca.
Due to its natural environment, Salobreña has been the site of settlement for a number of diverse civilisations. The Capitán Cave, close to Lobre, contains evidence that a semi-normadic civilisation stopped in the area during the Neolithic era.
In the 8th century the Phoenicians briefly settled here before Carthaginians claimed the land while under the rule of the Roman Empire. Urban development properly began in the area in the 19th century due to the emergence of the sugar industry there. Today the area has become ideal for those in search of history and nature.
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