What to See in Motril – Monuments and Sites with Charm
Motril is a beautiful town, well worth a visit, there's a lot of history, green spaces, restaurants and cultural attractions to enjoy.
A good way to get to know Granada and its history is by taking a tour. There are several interesting free and private tours offered by Civitatis:
Free Tour of Granada: What better way to get to know the hisotric centre of Granada than on a free walking tour with a local expert guide?!
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At about 2 km from the centre of town you will find the fishing port and the beaches of Motril. The fishing port is animated by numerous beach bars and restaurants where you can eat locally caught fresh fish. Don’t miss the daily fish auction.
Here we have selected the most popular attractions, places to visit and things to see in Motril.
Collegiate Church of MotrilThe Collegiate Church of Motril, located in the centre of the city, presents a beautiful variety of styles.
Built on the Great Mosque at the beginning of the sixteenth century, it is a Mudejar work that mixes several styles, from Gothic to Baroque.
Its impressive appearance reminds us that originally the church had a defensive purpose; the Muslim minaret, known as Torre de la Vela, has been preserved.
In 2005 there was a remodeling of the main altar, the presbytery was expanded and lowered and a new ambo was also built.
Opening HoursThe Collegiate Church of the Incarnation is open from 18:00 h a 20:00 h. Free entrance.
Contact DetailsAddress: España Square, 9, 18600 Motril, Granada. Telephone: 958 600 323.
Motril Town HallThe Town Hall, next to the Colegiata, is a Baroque building built in 1631, with a Mudejar-coffered ceiling at the main entrance and in the Meeting Room.
The Town Hall building has been renovated, now it has a central courtyard to give it functionality. In its interior there are some very valuable Mudejar coffered ceilings.
Some rooms are open to visitors. The rooms display original period furnishings, art exhibitions and other cultural events are also held here.
Town Hall Opening HoursVisiting hours change every month. If you come between 18:00 and 18:30 or between 10:00 and 11:30 on Saturdays and Sundays, it will be open no matter what timetable is being used.
Contact DetailsAddress: Plaza España, 1, 18600 Motril, Granada. Telephone: 958 838 300.
Carmen Church in MotrilThis Baroque church is also located in the Plaza de España, near the town hall.
It was built at the end of the sixteenth century on a rocky hill where the victims of a swine fever were buried.
The cross in front of the façade reminds us of this plague that affected a large part of the population of Motril.
Inside, there is a single nave and a small dome located above the main chapel.
Carmen Church Opening HoursMasses: Saturday at 20:00, Sunday and holidays: 12:00. Parish Office: Tuesday 17:30.
Contact DetailsAddress: is located in Plaza de España, in San Roque Street, 1, 18600 Motril, Granada. Telephone: 958 601 252.
The Palma House in MotrilCasa de la Palma is a Moorish sugar mill in a colonial-style building. Its origin dates back to the sixteenth century.
Today it hosts a cultural centre. It is also known as La Casa del Reloj (Watch House) de Vitoria.
Inside there is a garden with trees from America and a small Mudejar-coffered ceiling.
Sugar Cane MuseumNext door is also the Sugar Cane Museum in Zafra Street 6. Telephone: 958 822 206.
Opening HoursCasa de la Palma in Motril is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 21:00.
Contact DetailsAddress: Avenida Marquesa de Esquilache 4, Motril. Telephone: 958 604 711.
Parroquia de la Divina Pastora ChurchIt was built towards the middle of the seventeenth century as a chapel in honour of San Antón.
Originally it was in the Mudejar style, but later the church was extended and transformed into a single-nave temple.
It's a single-nave church, basic structure, with very little decoration in its interior. The main chapel stands out, covered with a hemispherical dome.
It is also known as the Iglesia de la Divina Pastora (Church of the Holy Shepherdess).
Mass TimesSpring and Autumn (Mar 1 - Jun 30, Sep 1 - Nov 30): weekdays 20:00; holidays 09:00, 12:00, 20:00.
Summer (Jul 1 - Aug 31): weekdays 20:30; holidays 09:00, 20:30.
Winter (Dec 1 - Feb 28): weekdays 19:00; holidays 09:00, 12:00, 19:00.
Contact DetailsAddress: Avda Pío XII, 9, 18600 Motril, Granada. Telephone: 958 821 203.
Sanctuary Our Lady of Cabeza in MotrilOur Lady of Cabeza (Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza) sanctuary is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Motril.
It is believed that in this place the palace of the mother of Boabdil once stood. The architect was Isidro de la Chica.
Well worth looking at are the altarpiece and the dressing room of the Virgin, by Manuel González Ligero. It has a carving of the Virgin dating from the sixteenth century.
In the seventeenth century the chapel became a Franciscan convent. From this vantage point you can enjoy great views of the town.
Opening HoursIt can be visited from 18:00 to 20:00 h.
Contact DetailsIt is located next to the Park of the Peoples of America, on top of a small hill.
Address: Avenida Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, 13, 18600 Motril, Granada. Telephone: 958 601 351.
A good way to get to know the Alhambra, its history, palaces and gardens is by taking a tour. There are several interesting free and private tours offered by Civitatis:
Alhambra Guided Tour: Discover the incredible history and architecture of the impressive Alhambra, the Generalife and Nasrid Palaces with a passionate and experienced guide.
Alhambra Open Air Tour: See the Alhambra from a new perspective, visiting the surroundings of the beautiful Alhambra, free areas and gardens, the Palace of Charles V...
Pueblos de America ParkTo the south of Cerro de la Virgen, next to Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, there is a beautiful park, El Parque de los Pueblos de América (Park of the People of America), ideal for a peaceful walk in the midst of streams and exotic plants.
In summer it is the scene of many activities and shows.
It is still a very nice place to go for a stroll or to take the children, where they can play while you relax on the lawn.
It has playgrounds and skating areas, swings for children, a mini motorbike track and a variety of trees and bushes from all over the world.
Opening HoursPark of the People of America is open from 10:00 to 24:00 h.
Contact DetailsAddress: Comunidades Autonomas Square, s/n, 18600 Motril, Granada. Telephone: 958 825 481.
Calderon Theatre and San Antonio Chapel
Calderon TheatreFounded in 1880 and restored not that long ago, its style is an imitation of the Italian fashion of the time.
Address: Plaza de España, Motril. Telephone: 958 604 713.
San Antonio ChapelBuilt in 1679 and in the Baroque style, it is located on the outskirts of Motril.
Address: Camino de San Antonio.
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Page Updated: Jun 18, 2021