65 Reasons Why We Love Costa Tropical Spain

Costa Tropical?  Where is that? Everyone knows about the coasts with the big cities Costa Blanca, Costa del sol, Costa Dorada (Alicante, Malaga, Barcelona, Valencia), but not many know about Costa Tropical.

What's to love about Costa Tropical Spain? Just 1 hr from Malaga you will find a hidden paradise. Read more about Almuñécar & La Herradura Spain on WagonersAbroad.com

We are often asked “Why did you choose to live in Almuñécar, or Costa Tropical Spain?”.  The list of reasons are endless, but we thought we would share with you why we fell in love with Costa Tropical.  Located in the Granada province this is a small stretch of Spanish coastline, along the Mediterranean.  It is just 1 hour east of Malaga and 1 hour south of Granada city.  Obviously when choosing a location to call home there are other factors, such as education etc.  We just wanted to share with you why this captured our hearts.

Things We Love About Costa Tropical Spain

  1. Hands down there are extremely Friendly people in Costa TropicalCliffs in Cotobro
  2. Picturesque rugged cliffs plunging straight into the sea
  3. One hour from 2 good-sized airports (Malaga and Granada)
  4. Quaint small white villages
  5. Hiking in the hills and mountains as well as along the coast
  6. One hour from snow skiing and Sierra Nevada Mountains
  7. Watching the fishermen return in the mornings from the sea
  8. Scuba diving
  9. Costa Tropical is Not overrun with tourists
  10. “Real Southern Spain”  (Otivar or Spanish Culture mixing with modern times)
  11. Almuñécar Roman RuinsLiving within walking distance to Roman Ruins!
  12. Watching the sun set over the Mediterranean
  13. Driving through the windy mountain roads passing through enormous gorges
  14. Watching the local artisans perform their crafts (Spanish Guitars)
  15. Ease of access with or without a car – connected with public transit
  16. The variety of small towns to walk around
  17. Fresh local Produce – at very low-cost
  18. Markets  (The Friday Market,  Municipal Market, Medieval Market)
  19. Crazy Inexpensive Good Wine and Cava
  20. Everyone is out walking on the promenade in evenings
  21. The water fountains in each villageAlmuñécar January 25, 2013
  22. The daily mood of the Mediterranean Sea
  23. Family Friendly with playgrounds everywhere
  24. Options for Naturist or Topless Beaches
  25. Aqua park!
  26. Watching the paragliders
  27. Affordable living
  28. Wild life park
  29. Waterfalls
  30. Looking at San Cristobal Beach every single daySalobrena Castle
  31. Many of the towns have a Castle in the center
  32. Simple Family Life
  33. Panderias – Fresh bread daily
  34. Zumo – fresh squeezed OJ
  35. Interesting Architecture in town buildings
  36. Snorkeling
  37. tile workPedestrian only zones in town centers
  38. Creatively designed cobblestone streets & paths
  39. Cafe con leche for about 1 Euro!
  40. Flowers everywhere, All Year Long!
  41. People watching in Almuñécar Center Plaza
  42. Farinel – Vittorios pizza
  43. Affordable rental properties with sea view
  44. Awesome Bacon
  45. Flamenco Dancing at Flamenco Andaluciarestaurants
  46. The Climate – Beautiful sunny breezy days 90% of the time
  47. Traditional Festivals and Celebrations  – Semana Santa
  48. Extremely mild winters
  49. Close proximity for amazing day trips
  50. Watching the sun rise over the Mediterranean
  51. Watching the local basket weaver

    Paella Gigante en Almuñécar, Granada Spain

    Paella Gigante en Almuñécar, Granada Spain

  52. Experiencing the making of a 10 foot wide paella
  53. Hearing the Almuñécar Church bells ring
  54. Good Tide Pooling
  55. Fresh Seafood – We are not big seafood eaters, but it is nice to have the variety when we want to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.
  56. Romantic Hidden Coves
  57. Did I forget to mention ——-The Climate – Beautiful sunny breezy days 90% of the time
  58. Terraced Hillsides
  59. Open air farmlands
  60. Diversity of multinational locals
  61. Almuñécar is a hidden gem
  62. The age and history of the area dating back over 2000 years
  63. The towns are “Alive” in the winter
  64. Very low crime and safe for families
  65. No matter where we travel in Spain we come back to Almuñécar and know this was without a doubt the right place for us to call Home.
    Costa Tropical - Almuñécar










Organized Tours

There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour.  There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.  Click here to see their latest Malaga Deals!

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30 thoughts on “65 Reasons Why We Love Costa Tropical Spain

  1. Only 65? Only kidding. Spain is very popular with us Brits, with around 3-5 million of them living there, so I can agree with your list wholeheartedly. We’re also heading there next year.

    • Yes, it was an odd number to come up with. Ha! We were shooting for 50 and then couldn’t stop. Most Brits are in our neighbor Costa (Costa del Sol), but we love the real Spanish feel here in Costa Tropical. Hey look us up if you are here in the first half of 2014. Otherwise, it looks like we may be swapping places. You in Spain and we would be in SEA. 🙂

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  3. Ok I’m sold! Where do I sign up? I want that paella.
    But seriously, Spain gets such a bad press. We were in possibly the most “touristy” and “spoilt” part just a few weeks ago, Lloret de Mar, and it was just lovely out of season, we loved it.

    • Ha! just hop on a quick and cheap flight out of London to Malaga Alyson. Then drive 1 hour east and get away from all of the tourists. It is amazing. I think many people hear about the college party areas and freak out. Even those areas are fun, maybe not at 3 am though.

    • Thanks Matthew. It is still the plan to return this Summer, as we really do miss Spain. We shall see how it all turns out. 🙂

  4. Wonderful..Glad you are heading back it does sound as though your heart is there. I also am a travel bug and looking forward to experiencing Spain later this yr with the plan of staying for several months. Just myself and my little dog so I know my expenses can be minimal. I’m still trying to work out the logistics. I will be in Glasgow first for 2-3 weeks and I know the requirements of entering the UK with a dog but am wondering about crossing into France and then Spain with her as well. Hope to see you along the beach. I’ll be the lady sipping wine and smiling from ear to ear.


  5. We visited Andalusia on our honeymoon in 2014 and now want to move there. We need to accumulate some capital to buy first but we hope to move from Canada in the next 5 years (so we will be moving in our 40s, not retirement age). Can’t wait to research this area and see how it compares to others we were looking at (Ronda, Nerja, Solobrena, etc.) We will likely need to have a place we can rent part of it out for income as well. In any case, if we move to Almuñécar, I’ll look you up!

    • Sounds Awesome! Look us up no matter where you land. 🙂 It is such a fun journey doing all of the research, planning and dreaming. Please let us know if we can be of any help to you.

  6. What an amazing list. I have enjoyed many of these amazing experiences and look forward to adding more when I visit in September. Thank you a Heidi.

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