5 Beaches of Motril – Practical Guide, Prices and Facilities
The beaches of Motril enjoy a good reputation. Three of them, Calahonda, Carchuna and Playa Granada, usually receive a blue flag.
This European accreditation is granted only to those beaches meeting stringent environmental requirements and a high standard of facilities.
In Motril there are beaches catering for everyone: you can choose between shallow sandy, very deep and clean pebble, or nudist.
Its beaches do not possess so many small coves surrounded by cliffs as you would find in Almuñécar or Salobreña, but they are usually much larger and wider.
Something you will find in this area, however, are the greenhouses that spoil the views, some of them very close to the beach.
Granada BeachAlmost 1½ km long and 20 m wide. This is a beach of fine sand, with few buildings nearby.
In its vicinity, but not on the seafront, some beautiful Moorish-style residential areas and a golf course have been built, which is unique on the Costa Tropical.
Los Moriscos Golf Club is located near the beach and also has a nice bar/restaurant with the same name. Playa Granada has the blue flag of the European Union.
On this beach the king of Belgium, Baudouin, and his wife Fabiola, built their dream retreat, and they enjoyed it discretely in summer until he died here in 1993. Villa Astrida stands to this day on this beach, a witness to times gone by.
Playa Granada has parking, showers, surveillance and rescue equipment. There is also a campsite, Camping Playa Granada.
Poniente BeachPlaya Poniente is the closest beach to Motril, and the busiest. It is very built up and has many chiringuitos, pubs and bars, as well as all kinds of facilities. It also has two campsites.
On this beach, many cultural activities are laid on by the town council during the summer, although the truth is that the local nightlife is very lively all year round.
Playa Poniente more than 2 km long and 1 km wide. It is composed of coarse sand and pebbles.
This beach has disabled access, surveillance and rescue equipment, a promenade, and a rental service of umbrellas and hammocks, showers and barbecue area, although permission is required to use them.
Calahonda BeachThe name Calahonda (Deep Bay) already gives us some clue as to what kind of beach this is. If you are looking for a beach where you can go in the sea gradually and wade calmly without being suddenly submerged, then this is not your beach. After taking two steps into the water you suddenly sink. Still, it is a very popular beach.
Calahonda is a small fishing village 13 km from Motril with a beautiful beach located in the centre of Cabo Sacratif.
It is the southernmost village on the Costa Tropical of Granada and, like many coastal villages, it grew around its port which was once of greater importance than Motril.
It has the reputation of being one of the cleanest beaches of the Costa Tropical of Granada. Year after year it gets the blue flag award, a European-funded grant for beaches with good environmental management.
Its clean and deep waters abound with fish, so it is frequented by divers and lovers of other water sports. In Calahonda there is also a diving school.
The beach of Calahonda is almost 1.5 km long and 50 m wide. It is formed by coarse sand and its waters are normally calm.
It has a surveillance service and a Red Cross post. It also has a promenade, showers, umbrella rental and disabled access.
Calahonda is a very well equipped beach with many restaurants, beach bars, parking and tourist apartments. It is not as crowded as Torrenueva.
Quizás porque sus urbanizaciones no están tan encima unas de otras o porque son de otro estilo.
Carchuna BeachBefore reaching Calahonda, you will come across the beach of Carchuna. It is located between the Lighthouse of Sacratif and the Farillo, an old Arab tower that was once a lighthouse. It is also known as the Torre del Llano and dates back to the sixteenth century.
The tower has been leaning more and more with the passage of time owing to the force of the waves. This leaning tower, like the one in Pisa, has become the landmark of the area and separates Carchuna beach from Calahonda beach, so it is clearly visible from both.
The beach of Carchuna is more than 3.5 km long and more than 50 m wide. It consists of coarse sand and gravel, has parking, surveillance equipment and a Red Cross post, showers, umbrellas rental service, promenade, beach bars, restaurants and tourist apartments.
There is also a nice campsite: the Don Cactus. Like Calahonda, this is a beach with deep and clean waters which has been awarded the European Union's environmental Blue Flag.
The only thing that spoils this place somewhat is the number of greenhouses that surround Carchuna.
Torrenueva BeachUnlike the previous beaches, Torrenueva Beach has shallow, calm waters and dark sand. It is more than 2 km long and 50 m wide.
This beach is very urbanized, with many of its apartment blocks being situated virtually right on the beach.
The beach gets very busy. It has good restaurants and beach bars, in addition to many other facilities.
There is some parking in the residential area streets not far from the beach.
It has a beautiful promenade with one of the best ice cream shops on the Costa Tropical of Granada, La Perandrés, famous for its exquisite curly milk.
It has a surveillance service and a Red Cross post. There are also showers.
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