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Things to see and do

Explore the huge range of fun activities and interesting places to visit in and around the Costa Tropical!

There are so many interesting things to see in Granada and the Costa Tropical that it is difficult to know which ones to include in any list. Spain is not so much a country as a mini-continent, and the landscape is full of surprising contrasts – nowhere moreso than on the south coast.
The entire region of Andalusia is rich in ancient ruins, historic buildings, important monuments, spectacular natural and geological features and breathtaking views, in addition to having the most diverse flora and fauna in Europe, including rare and exotic species of plants, flowers, insects, birds and mammals (in fact more than two thirds of all Europe’s wildlife is to be found in this region).
The geography and the climatic conditions here are also unique. There can be few other places in the world where it is possible to drive from the sub-zero temperatures and snow of winter (Granada city in December-January) to the “summer” warmth of the tropical coast in under an hour. And where else would you find a bonafide desert just an hour’s drive from a lush tropical valley?

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Oasys Mini Hollywood

The location of filming of many of the 1960’s Spaghetti Western movies, including A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, is now a Wild West theme park just a stagecoach ride from the Costa Tropical...
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Dolphin Watching

Dolphins abound in the waters of the Costa Tropical and seem to enjoy putting on impromptu acrobatic displays for people on the shore. They frequently swim alongside small boats, leaping out of the water and zig-zagging in front of the prow ....
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Aquatropic Water Park

Aquatropic

Aquatropic waterpark is one of the most popular attractions on the Costa Tropical, especially with children. The park is situated just a short stroll from Almuñecar town centre. It offers a range of water features, including slides (“ring-rapids” and, for the more adventurous...
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Loro Sexi Bird Park

Loro Sexi Exotic Bird Park

The Loro Sexi bird park (“Sexi” was the original name of Almuñecar!) has a fascinating collection of tropical birds on display, including peacocks, parrots, tucans, cockatoos, swans, ducks...
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Visit movie locations in and around Granada

Granada has captured the attention of world-renowned filmmakers. Visit the locations where iconic international films have been shot, such as "La Sociedad de la Nieve" in Sierra Nevada, "Doctor Zhivago" in Guadix or "Indiana Jones" in the Sierra de Huétor.
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Mirador San Nicolás

Mirador de San Nicolás

No visit to Granada would be complete without a trip to this beautiful spot in the Albaicin with its stunning panoramic view of the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada mountains, the city, and the Vega...
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Granada Science Park

Granada Science Park

Aquatropic waterpark is one of the most popular attractions on the Costa Tropical, especially with children. The park is situated just a short stroll from Almuñecar town centre. It offers a range of water features, including slides (“ring-rapids” and, for the more adventurous...
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Mirador de Alixares

The Secret Mirador

The Loro Sexi bird park (“Sexi” was the original name of Almuñecar!) has a fascinating collection of tropical birds on display, including peacocks, parrots, tucans, cockatoos, swans, ducks...
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The Arab Baths

This Arab bathhouse, known as El Banuelo, is older than the Alhambra. The baths were built in the 11th century beside the Bridge of Cadi, on the picturesque Carrera del Darro.
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Alhama Hot Springs

Alhama de Granada Hot Springs

For hundreds of years the mineral-rich thermal springs at Alhama have been credited with possessing revitalizing and therapeutic properties, and in particular are believed to relieve rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, myalgic pain...
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The Crystal Caves of Nerja

The Crystal Caves of Nerja

The Caves of Nerja are a rocky formation of crystalline dolomites dating back more than 250,000 years. Technically just outside the boundaries of Granada, the caves are located in the village of Maro, just a few kilometres from the town of Nerja
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The Albaicín

Occupying a hill opposite the Alhambra, this ancient Moorish neighborhood is a mix of dilapidated white houses and immaculate carmenes (private villas in their own grounds, enclosed by high walls).
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Las Alpujarras

This area of mountain villages, located between the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its unique mini-ecology. Its terraced farmlands are continuously irrigated by the melting snow from above, resulting in a high-altitude oasis of vegetation which stands...
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Street Art

Granada is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking Alhambra Palace, and the vibrant atmosphere that permeates its cobbled streets. Yet, amidst this blend of Moorish architecture and Spanish tradition, another form of art has found its place – graffiti...
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Sacromonte caves in Granada

Sacromonte

This is the gitano, or Gypsy quarter of Granada, and the home of flamenco in this province. There are a number of famous flamenco Tablaos here (places where flamenco is performed).
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The Alhambra

Alhambra

Often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the world, the Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex of the Moorish monarchs of Granada, in southern Spain (known as Al-Andalus when the fortress was constructed), occupying a hill on the south-eastern border of the city of Granada..
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Hot Air Balloon

Up, up and away...

The flying is good almost all year round on the Costa Tropical, thanks to the prevailing sunshine, calm weather, clear skies and virtual non-existence of rain. The area is now one of the most popular European destinations for balloonists and paragliding enthusiasts...
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Scuba diving on the Costa Tropical

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Costa Tropical offers not only stunning coastal beauty but also a vibrant underwater world waiting to be explored. With its crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and captivating underwater landscapes, it’s a paradise for both experienced divers and those eager....
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Costa Tropical Beach

Best beaches in the Costa Tropical

The Costa Tropical has 28 kilometres (18 miles) of beaches. The mountains run right down to the sea in this area, creating a series of coves and promontories along the coastline, and making this one of the most picturesque sections of the southern Spanish coast.
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Horse Riding

The Costa Tropical offers an idyllic setting for horseback riding enthusiasts. With its rugged terrain, lush landscapes, and breathtaking coastal vistas, this region is a haven for those seeking to explore its natural beauty on horseback.
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Soportujar, Granada: the wittches Village

Soportújar, the witches' village

Soportújar, often referred to as the "Witches' Village," is a captivating hamlet nestled in the Alpujarra region of Granada, Spain. This enchanting village is steeped in folklore and mystique, known for its association with witches and the supernatural. As you wander through its cobblestone streets, you'll encounter an array of eerie and terrifying creatures, each with its own tale to tell.
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Valle de Lecrín

Lecrin Valley

The Lecrín Valley, nestled in the province of Granada, Spain, is a picturesque region that epitomizes the quintessential Andalusian countryside. Tucked between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the sparkling Costa Tropical, this valley is a verdant oasis of citrus orchards, olive groves, and charming whitewashed villages.
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Cactus and Succulent Garden Teresa

The garden houses an impressive collection of cacti and succulents from various parts of the world, with more than 1000 different species. They have been carefully cultivated to create a unique and exotic environment. Visitors can stroll along winding paths, admiring a diverse range of shapes, colors, and sizes of cacti, from the columnar and spiky forms of cacti to the lush and curious shapes of succulents.
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Flamenco in Mirador de San Nicolas in Albaicin Granada

Flamenco

In the heart of Andalusia, Granada flourishes as a captivating centre for traditional Spanish flamenco. The historic charm of Sacromonte, with its intimate zambras, provides an authentic stage for the passionate rhythms and emotive performances that define Granada's vibrant flamenco scene. No trip to Granada is complete without experiencing the magic of a live Flamenco shows.
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Carmen of the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation

This National Monument, a masterpiece of eclectic architecture and stunning terraced gardens, offers a unique fusion of art, nature, and history. Immerse yourself in the symbolic gardens, hosting cultural events and exhibitions. Guided tours reveal the artist's influence, enriching your understanding of this cultural haven. Located near the Alhambra, it continues to evolve, showcasing contemporary creativity alongside its rich heritage. Visit and experience an unforgettable cultural journey.
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O Sel Ling Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center Las Alpujarras Granada

Buddhist Retreat Center Osel Ling in Las Alpujarras

Osel Ling, nestled in the serene landscapes of Las Alpujarras, is a tranquil Buddhist Retreat Center that invites seekers of inner peace and spiritual renewal. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Osel Ling provides a haven for those seeking refuge from the demands of daily life Visiting it is like traveling to Tibet, and the best part is that you can explore it without the need for a meditation retreat. O Sel Ling allows you to roam its grounds for free without the need for a reservation.
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Paint Ceramics Workshop

Paint Your Own Ceramics

Granada is famous for its distinctive blue and green ceramics; and now you can try your own hand at this ancient craft when you visit the city. Several studios offer one-day and half-day workshops.
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Adventure Sports & Activities on the Costa Tropical

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you might be interested in…

  • Water skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Canyoning
  • Snowboarding and skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Paddlesurfing
  • Hang Gliding
  • Jet Skiing, etc.
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