The Costa Tropical, nestled along the southern coast of Spain in the province of Granada, boasts breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and a welcoming atmosphere. In recent years, it has also gained recognition for its inclusivity and LGBTQ+ friendliness. From quaint coastal towns to quiet beaches, this region offers a diverse array of LGBTQ+-welcoming spaces where individuals can feel safe, supported, and celebrated. As acceptance and diversity continue to flourish, the Costa Tropical stands as a beacon of inclusivity, inviting all to embrace their true selves and celebrate love in all its forms. Let’s embark on a journey to discover some of these remarkable places.
Cantarriján Nudist Beach – La Herradura
Isolated nudist beach formed by two coves. It’s one of the most hidden beaches thanks to its natural surroundings. Access is by a steep 2km path through a nature reserve. Access from the coast road is to the west of the Cerro Gordo road tunnel. In the summer months, car access is prohibited and you need to take the minibus to go down to the beach (return ticket is 2 euros). Cantarriján It’s composed of two bays surrounded by cliffs. The first beach has umbrellas, beach bars, and showers, while the second one is completely wild and nudist. It’s at the other end, near the cliffs, where most gay nudists settle in.
Playa de la Joya – Torrenueva
A small nudist beach in a secluded cove. It’s a must-stop for those who enjoy relaxing and meeting new people, as there is a lively gay atmosphere in its coves. It is located 1km from Torrenueva. There is a renovated parking area where you can leave your car, and from there, a staircase path in fairly good condition leads directly to the beach. Thanks to this, it is not very crowded. It is about 300 meters in length. It is predominantly nudist, but there are also textile beachgoers, although they are a minority. The beach is made up of fine to medium-grain dark sand. It does not have any services. It can also be accesed from the town of Torreueva along the coastal trail that starts from the Jolúca Cliff Viewpoint.
El Muerto Naturist Beach – Almuñécar
Secluded cove beach surrounded by rocks which can only be accessed on foot from the Cotobro beach (at the western end of the Almuñécar promenade). The people who frequent this beach are mainly adults without children. Officially designated a nudist bathing area, it is also popular for being gay-friendly. It has a kiosk that serves home made vermout, cold drinks and food (pizzas and roscas). It is one of the prime gay cruising beaches in Granada, with very beautiful and discreet areas.
Carchuna Beach – Motril
It has a very extensive length of around 3000 meters and an average width of 40 meters. Despite being quite popular, it offers a peaceful atmosphere. Carchuna beach is a gay area where one can engage in cruising and have spontaneous encounters with other guys. It is surrounded by intensive greenhouse crops. The surface composition is medium gray sand and gravel. It has calm waters for swimming.
There are residential developments, a campsite, and a hotel. It has a castle located at the edge of the sea, which in the past served as a military building to protect the area from Berber attacks.
Beach facilities: Parking, surveillance equipment, phones, nautical rentals, bus service, danger signs, showers, umbrellas, sunbeds, local police, beach cleaning, trash bins, Red Cross station. The beach has access for people with disabilities. It also has a beach football field, a beach volleyball court, a table tennis area, and barbecue areas.
You can also find restaurants, beach bars, refreshment kiosks, ice cream stands, etc., and water sports companies.
Pedestrian access is easy, with a compacted sand walkway in the dry area and boardwalks leading to the wet area along the entire beach.
Access is also available via urban bus. Currently, there are two main parking areas, one in the Chucha area and another in the Urbanización La Perla area.
Road shoulder area between La Mamola and Castillo de Baños, in the morning when athletes go out for a run among the rocks or through several hiding spots. They treat themselves and continue running. Mostly, they are young people between 20 and 45 years old.
Playa La Mamola: At La Mamola Beach, at the end of the urban area, you’ll find athletes who go out for a run in the morning, and in the evening, some truck drivers and those who enjoy the last hours of sun, waiting for dusk to take action.
Natural area next to the caravan camping site. During the summer nights, there’s a pathway between some greenhouses and the caravan camping site, which is a good spot for cruising.