Located close to Granada on the Costa Tropical in Andalusia, Spain, Motril is a popular seaside resort with many attractions. The city is backed by beautiful mountains and overlooks the blue Mediterranean Sea. When not relaxing on the beach, there are several interesting museums and parks for guests to visit. There is also an abundance of nature to visit in the town’s parks and natural areas outside Motril. The city offers many restaurants and tapas bars, serving the best of the traditional local cuisine as well as some international offerings. There are also a variety of bars in the town as well as exciting nightlife. The following are just a few recommended places to visit during your stay in Motril.
1. Pueblos de América Park
The Park of the Peoples of America, as it is known in English, is located south of the centre of Motril and is one of the main “lungs” of the city. A variety of different species of trees are to be found here, along with beautiful shrubs and palm trees from various places in the U.S.A. There are also two attractive foundations in the park, as well as an artificial river and lake, with various interesting sculptures. The park makes for a pleasant stroll in the fresh air.
Pueblos de América Park
Address: Av. de la Constitución, 10A, 18600 Motril, Granada
Website: Pueblos de América Park
2. Museo de Historia de Motril
The Museum of History offers the history of Motril in various ways, with numerous interesting artefacts and documents relating to the city. Set in the attractive “Casa Garcés” in the centre of town, the museum gives visitors some new insight into Motril, from its historic past to the present day.
Museo de Historia de Motril
Address: Calle Cardenal Belluga, 14, 18600 Motril, Granada
Website: Museo de Historia de Motril
3. Parque de las Provincias
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The Parque de las Provincias is located in the east of the city and is a large green space, perfect for relaxation and recreation. There are eight distinct areas in the park, representing the eight provinces of Andalusia. With its opportunities for pleasant walks through the trees and many attractive local species and shrubs along the way, this is an excellent place to spend a day.
Parque de las Provincias
Address: Calle Galicia, 18600 Motril, Granada
Website: Parque de las Provincias
4. Casa Condesa Torre-Isabel
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Casa Condesa Torre-Isabel was originally built in the 17th century and was modified in the late 19th century. The building now hosts the Municipal Area of Culture and Heritage in the city of Motril. The interior is beautifully decorated with various elements from the past and there is an exhibition of paintings on display by various artists from Motril.
Casa Condesa Torre-Isabel
Address: Calle Tahona, 2, 18600 Motril, Granada
Website: Casa Condesa Torre-Isabel
5. Preindustrial Museum of Sugar Cane
This is a fascinating place for anyone with a sweet tooth. The Pre-industrial Museum of Sugar Cane explores the processes of growing sugar cane and the manufacture of sugar in the area from 1,000 years ago, up until the present day. The original building was constructed back in the 16th century and today it provides insight into all the various processes involved in the manufacture of sugar.
Preindustrial Museum of Sugar Cane
Address: Calle Zafra, 8, 18600 Motril, Granada
6. Most popular beaches of the Costa Tropical
There are many beautiful beaches in Motril and its surrounding area, including Calahonda Beach, just a short drive from the city. The sandy beach and its crystal clear water provide an ideal location for fishing and water sports. Next to the Port of Motril (mentioned below), Playa Poniente is the closest beach to the city centre and is popular with families, offering many open-air activities and excellent facilities. Granada Beach is a peaceful stretch of sand set against the green of the Los Moriscos Golf Course. The beach offers award-winning facilities and due to the prevailing winds in the area, is the ideal location for windsurfing, kite surfing and paddle boarding.
Address: Motril, Granada, Spain
Website: Motril beaches
7. Birdwatching in the Charca de Suárez Nature Reserve, Motril
Charca de Suárez is a beautiful stretch of wetland just outside the city of Motril. There are a variety of local bird species to be seen here, as well as species from other areas, including cormorants, herons, flamencos and Eurasian spoonbills in the winter months. During the rest of the year, this is a popular place for white wagtails, coots, mallards and grebes. The 13-hectare wetland is nestled in the valley of the Guadalfeo River and is the largest wetland on the Costa Tropical. There are several lakes and beautiful flora in the park as well.
Charca de Suárez Nature Reserve
Address: Camino Pelaillo, s/n, 18006, Motril, Granada
8. Los Moriscos Golf Club
This beautiful golf course is backed by mountains and fringed by the beach of Playa Granada, with wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea. This nine-hole course has wide and mainly flat fairways, which makes the course ideal for golfers of all skill levels. The golf course also has a driving range and putting green, plus various other leisure facilities.
Los Moriscos Golf Club
Address: Playa Granada, s/n, 18600 Motril, Granada
Website: Los Moriscos Golf Club
9. Motril Port
The Port of Motril has a strategic location on the Strait of Gibraltar, making it the ideal spot for exciting boat trips to Morocco. The port also encompasses a yachting marina and fishing port. There are a variety of excellent restaurants and beach bars in the area and the port is in close proximity to the beautiful Poniente Beach.
Address: Playa de Poniente, Motril 18613
Website: Motril Port
10. Seafood blow out at La Espicha
Those who wish to end their trip to Motril with a bang can check seafood off their foodie bucket list and dine at La Espicha. This seafood restaurant is the best and most frequented by locals and travelers alike. They serve an impressive selection of seafood and has one of the freshest fish in Motril. This hidden gem of a restaurant is actually just near a local police station but is no cheap eats kind of place, rather a dining establishment that requires a reservation before getting a good table. La Espicha is known for its frequent visit to the fish market with its chef and kitchen staff making visits to the fish market as often as twice a day! When it comes to quality and value for money seafood, La Espicha is the best place to be and a great way to end your trip to the humble town of Motril.
Address: Calle Doctor Tercedor 8 La Fabriquilla de Ideas, Bajo 4, 18600 Motril Spain
Contact: +34 958 97 79 11
11. Ron Montero Rum Distillery
Established back in 1963, Motril’s renowned rum distillery Ron Montero started as a family business dealing with sugar cane for several generations. To date, Ron Montero has managed to retain the stellar quality of its products, by using quality raw materials and utilizing the traditional methods of “Soleras” and “Criaderas.” Ron Montero rum has managed to sell 240,000 liters of rum a year. Discover how this prized Motril product is made from scratch and visit the distillery’s free guided tours from Tuesdays to Saturdays beginning at 12 pm. There, visitors will be able to see first-hand how sugar cane is sourced and eventually transformed into Ron Montero’s delicious rum.
Ron Montero Rum Distillery
Address: Camino de la Vía, s/n, 18613 Motril, Granada, Spain
Website: Ron Montero Rum Distillery
Opening hours: 9 am to 6:30 pm, Mondays to Fridays; 12 pm to 2 pm, Saturdays
Visit Motril on the Costa Tropical
With all its many attractions, gorgeous beaches and beautiful mountain views, Motril is the ideal stop-off point on Spain’s Costa Tropical.
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