The Costa Tropicale is the mediterranean coastline of Andalusia. Our location in the foothills of the Alpujarras is within an hours drive of some of the best beaches in Spain.
The horrors of the Costa del Sol are well known – rows of ferociously roasted Brits, pickled in cocktails. My personal hell would be an apartment overlooking the beach surrounded on all sides, above and below by all night partying. Call me a grouch if you like. Although the Costa Tropicale has its fair share of over developed beaches, we prefer the smaller coves, away from the crowds.
Our idea of perfection is a small secluded beach, with a bar (Chiringuito) and room to swim and sunbathe. There are many such spots, some more secluded than others. Our favourite so far is the beach at El Tesorillo, near Almunecar, pictured here. The beach is clean, the sea is gorgeous, the food is excellent and it’s one of the closest beaches to the house. It is also one of the most picturesque beaches and was named because legend has it, a treasure trove of gold doubloons was found here.
There are a number of very secluded coves to explore along this coastline, a small word of warning – some are naturist, so check before bounding onto that beach! More seriously, some of the more secluded car parks attract attention you probably don’t want – especially the ones just off the motorway. They are not public beaches and are not policed. Don’t leave valuables visible.
The best part of living in our part of the Alpujarras is the proximity of both the beaches and the ski resort at Granada. we are roughly half way and it is actually possible (when there is snow) to ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon!