Salobreña - Beautiful Whitewashed Village Perched on a Rock
The traveller will know that the beaches of the Costa Tropical are not far away when the beautiful image of Salobreña’s rocky hill appears on the horizon.
Just before reaching the crossroads to reach either Motril or Almuñécar, this impressive whitewashed village, perched on a rock and crowned by an Arab castle of the thirteenth century, appears.
Salobreña is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages on the Costa Tropical of Granada. A walk through its steep and narrow streets reveals its Arab past.
Thousands of years ago, the Arab sultans used this castle for the forced ’retirement’ of the members of the Nazari royal family who lost their trust.
The selection of the best hotels in Salobreña, hotels with swimming pools in quiet places or in the first line of the beach with balconies with sea view.
Hostels on the beach or in the historic centre of Salobreña, with an Andalusian patio in quiet streets and a cosy, family atmosphere.
In addition to the Castle, you can visit the Historical Museum, where you will discover the roots of this town with more than 6,000 years of history.
The neighbourhoods of the Villa, the Albaycín and the Brocal surrounding of the Castle are beautiful locations that retain original Andalusian charm with whitewashed façades and many flower pots. The Castle also has beautiful views of the sea.
But the best views of the sea are from El Mirador square, from which all the beaches of Salobreña and part of those of Almuñécar and Motril can be seen.
The most interesting aspects of Salobreña, the typical neighbourhoods, the Church of the Virgen del Rosario, Parque de la Fuente and the Castle.
The dark sand and pebbled beaches of Salobreña, quiet coves, the chiringuitos on the shoreline and protected areas with a beautiful seabed.
You can still see some patches of green in the form of sugar cane fields and tropical fruits, in the fertile plain between the castle and the famous Rock of Salobreña.
Almost all of its beaches have particular charm, among them La Charca/Salomar and La Guardia standing out.
Making your way to the sea shore, you can enjoy a beautiful walk among palm trees that will lead you to La Guardia beach.
Traditional family-run restaurants, chiringuitos and tapas bars on the beach where you can enjoy the typical cuisine of this area and the best fresh fish.
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On the way, you will find a beautiful park with swings and some wildlife, such as ducks, partridges and peacocks, a delight for young children: this is the Parque de la Fuente.
Here there is a small kiosk where you can buy drinks, and two of the town's biggest supermarkets are right next door.
During July and August many visitors come to Salobreña to enjoy their holidays by the sea.
The programme 'Summer in Salobreña' has been developing over the years and already offers a variety of concerts of various styles on the beach and in the park. There is also a theatre in the Castle and children's activities.
Typical Festivities of Salobreña – Activities and DatesIn Salobreña, the San Juan Festivities (23-24 June) are celebrated with bonfires on the beach, and those of the Virgen del Carmen (around 16 July) with festivals, sea processions, concerts and activities.
The latter, being a sea festival, has a special significance in the fishing district of La Caleta.
The typical festivities of the province of Granada are also celebrated, such as the Day of the Cross (3 May), during which crosses made of flowers are displayed and stalls are set up, with music and bars, and with tapas and drinks being served in the most traditional neighbourhoods.
San Juan and San PedroDates: 24-29 June
This local festival is celebrated with musical performances, a lively atmosphere and many people attending from nearby towns.
EasterDuring Holy Week in Salobreña, several processions pass through its streets with great devotion on the part of the locals.
In these sacred days of the Passion, the Procession of Solitude on Good Friday stands out, in which only the women participate.
Virgin of the RosaryDates: 7-8 October
The Virgen del Rosario is the patron saint of Salobreña. This festivity is celebrated with a traditional pilgrimage on the beach, concerts at the Castle, and a craft market in the Paseo de las Flores.
Addresses and Useful Telephone Numbers
Salobreña Tourist OfficeAddress: Pl. de Goya, s/n. Telephone: 958 610 314. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 13:30.
Post Office in SalobreñaAddress: Antonio Machado, 13. Telephone: 958 610 777, 902 197 197. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00.
Health CentreAddress: Pl. de Juan Carlos 1, s/n. Telephone: 600 140 543, 600 140 054. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 20:00.
Salobreña BusesThere is no bus station in Salobreña. The bus stop serving the town is located 100 m from the Tourist Office. Telephone: 902 422 242 (Alsa)
Taxis in SalobreñaTelephone: 958 611 531 (Radio Taxi), 606 896 678 (Euro Taxi)
Page Updated: March 31, 2020
Opinions about Salobreña of Granada
Charming views from the Salobreña castleThere is little 10th century castle in Salobreña. It is a normal castle, the best are the views of the Salobrena, the beaches, the Peñon and the surroundings, they are breathtaking. The best time to see the views is in the sunset. If you are fit its worth climbing, it’s about 15 mins walk. You would have to go through the charming old town.