The town of Salobreña (Granada) for its proximity, beauty and peaceful atmosphere is chosen by locals and foreigners as a holiday destination, or even for a quick excursion from Granada, after even having been skiing in the morning to see the sunset on the Costa Tropical.
Although in the summer months its population and activity increases, the rest of the year is an ideal occasion to enjoy pleasant temperatures and spend a warm winter.
If Salobrena is your summer holiday destination, be sure to check out the summer calendar in Salobrena.
Table of contents
- 1 What to see in Salobrena, Granada
- 2 Castle of Salobrena
- 3 Family and children.
- 4 Seafront promenade
- 5 Street Market
- 6 Salobrena beaches
- 7 Summer Sports
- 8 Tapa’s bars and restaurants
- 9 Hostels
- 10 How to get to Salobrena?
- 11 Information of general interest.
- 12 Nearby municipalities
What to see in Salobrena, Granada
In Salobreña there is a saying “Sea without fish, bush without firewood”, however, you are sure to have a great holiday with your family, friends or on your own if you take a look at our Salobreña tourist guide. Especially with children as the atmosphere is quite familiar. And what can you do in Salobrena? we tell you below:
Castle of Salobrena
Visiting the castle of Salobreña is one of the essential ones.
The first sources date back to the Castle of Salobreña in the 10th century as a Hispano-Muslim fortress. During 10 centuries it has suffered continuous and deep transformations and although in its origin its construction was due to defensive reasons, during the Nasrid epoch it housed a royal palace. It was also used as a royal prison and Yusuf III, Muhammad VIII “the Little One”, Muhammad IX “the Left-handed”, Abu Nasr Sad and Muley Hacén were prisoners in this castle.
From the 1st to the 15th of September, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 20:30 hours.
From 16 September to 30 October, from 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:30 to 19:30.
From 1 November to 15 March, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00 hours.
From 16 March to 14 June, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 20:30 hours.
From 15 June to 31 August, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 21:00.
Access to the monument until 30 minutes before closing time.
Open doors with free access:
Andalusia Day [28 February].
International Day for Monuments and Sites [18 April].
International Museums Day [18 May].
World Tourism Day [27 September].
UNESCO International World Heritage Day [16 November].
Price and tickets
Adults, 4 €.
Children under 12 years of age enter free of charge.
Groups of more than 12 people, 2 € per person.
Download here the brochure of the Castle of Salobrena in PDF in Spanish.
Family and children.
You will find the inflatable castles and the merry-go-round in front of the Salobreña Beach IV urbanization and also the aquatic inflatables next to the Rock.
A classic is the Parque de la Fuente where in addition to swings, in plastic material, there is a kiosk for refreshment.
Along the promenade you will find several beachfront beach bars where you can have lunch, have a cup of coffee and dine overlooking the sea and the rock.
The most sportsmen practice running and cycling, although above all you will find in the area of Avenida de Andalucía, better known as the “vial”, where there are also several aerobic exercise machines outdoors at the height of the urbanization Mare Nostrum. The terrain is Alvero, so going with a baby carriage, for example, is a bit more complicated.
In the recently renovated Municipal Market (in Federico García Lorca avenue) you can buy fresh products such as fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, flowers and even eat some delicious churros and also clothes and accessories. Next to him in the same Market Square every Tuesday of the year and in summer also on Fridays, you will find until noon some stalls of the market of Salobreña in the open air.
Every week you will also find the Friday night market in the esplanade behind the Cala Verde I Phase urbanisation, every Friday in summer until the first week of September, from 8pm until midnight.
This year the number of jobs has fallen slightly compared to last year, although it exceeds 70, an amount that ensures a wide range of products, including accessories, textiles, footwear, etc…
And next to the Rock of Salobreña returns at night the craft market and accessories “Salobreña with a lot of art” from July 7 in the afternoon / evening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the months of July and August, organized by the Association “For Love of Art”.
With an average climate offering 320 sunny days a year and a coastline with coves and beaches with Q Quality certification, the beaches of Salobrena in summer offer hammock rental services, pedal and motor yachts, nautical activities, shower service, cloakroom and water access walkways with surveillance post available.
Beaches of the Paseo Marítimo
Playa del Peñón, Playa de La Charca, Playa del Molino and Playa de Salomar are the names given to the different sections of the Paseo Marítimo, which is almost 2 kilometres long.
Punta del Río Beach
Past the Guadalfeo River in the direction of Motril, in an area where there are still plantations and wetlands, Punta del Río Beach is in a natural environment surrounded by reed beds ideal for relaxing and/or practicing sports at the 18 Nudos School.
Cala El Caletón and Cala El Pargo
Past the area of La Caleta, Cala El Caletón and Cala El Pargo are between cliffs, access is on foot and are rocky beaches suitable for scuba diving or angling.
Cala del Cambrón (Cambrón Cove)
A small and quiet cove which is accessed by a dirt road down from the parking area of the Hotel Salobreña Best Western.
Next to the buildings of La Guardia, on the slopes of Monte de los Almendros and next to La Caleta, La Guardia beach is generally less crowded.
If you’re looking for an accessible beach, take a look at the list of Accessible Beaches on the Costa Tropical, although they are sure to be working to offer more accessible beaches for everyone in Salobrena.
Salobrena offers an ideal climate to practice sports of many types, aquatic, terrestrial or aerial because it has sea, valley and mountains very close.
Kayak along the cliffs or by boat to spot dolphins, enjoy the view of the village with its white houses overlooking the sea and see the snow of Sierra Nevada, even in summer. Dive and discover the seabed of the Costa Tropical, take a horse ride through the valley very close to Velez de Benaudalla, dare to paraglide in tandem or practice hiking.
In the “18 nudos Surf School” start or improve your learning of sports such as windsurfing, kytesurf or paddle surfing.
Diving in Salobrena
The underwater ecosystem “Arrecifes de Salobreña” is a protective space on the seabed is located in front of the beach of La Guardia and the Paseo Marítimo de Salobreña, where it is also permitted to angling from kayak and scuba diving. You can see the cube-shaped seabed that serves as a shelter for various species of aquatic flora and fauna and pyramid-shaped geological units that function as protective fences.
Check this PDF the services of beaches of Salobreña.
18 nudos Surf School
The 18 Knots Salobreña Surf School at Punta del Río Beach is a sports club where Surf, Windsurf and KiteSurf courses are offered. You also have the option of buying or renting equipment for surfing, paddle surfing, kite surfing and kayaking.
In addition to guided tours in Sup and Kayak, there are events such as the Natural Festival, an event where throughout the day you can attend yoga classes, talks on natural therapies and workshops, for example massages, at the seashore.
At the 18 Knots Surf School you can relax in its chill out atmosphere and attend open-air concerts.
Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 during the summer months.
Tapa’s bars and restaurants
You can start with some good churros in the Municipal Market, in the churrería ‘Los Peregrinos’ in the Paseo Marítimo, open since 1982, and in the cafetería churrería ‘Magañas’ in the vial.
When it’s time for tapas, the La Galera bar, in front of the rock, and La Cruzada, very close to the Mercado de Abastos, are famous for their great variety to choose from.
If you prefer a spit of sardines or octopus, a fried fish or some good breadcrumbs, both for tapas and to eat the following bars-restaurants and beachfront chiringuitos from “El Peñón” to the river Guadalfeo:
- Restaurant Bahía
- Restaurant La Biznaga
- Pizza La Teja
- Restaurant El Peñón
- Chiringuito El Campano
- Restaurant Carne A La Piedra
- Chiringuito Flores
- Restaurant Lounge VelaBeach
- Chiringuito La Charca
- Chiringuito Casa Emilio
- Seafood El Trasmallo
- Chiringuito El Molino
- Bar Restaurant El Rey del Boquerón
- Restaurant Marín
- Pizza Kimbo
- Ñam Ñam
And in the “village area”:
For palates a little more sybarites, the Restaurant Aráis, with careful letter and presentation and in the National highway 340 direction to Almuñécar, Hotel Miba Restaurant.
At the top, very close to the Castle of Salobrena, the Bar Pesetas, which was the first bar in Salobrena that began as a charcoal and retains the charm of the beginning combined with fabulous views.
And in La Traviesa, in addition to enjoying its terrace offer outdoor concerts of varied music and flamenco.
When you’re looking for a hamburger, although you also like a good pizza, pasta, dog or even a salad, a great hamburger on the Mc Pepes beach bar which is what you’re looking for.
If you are looking for a coffee and/or a drink on the beach, next to the Rock you can enjoy the Bay and Atlantis, the promenade on Vela Beach (all three with views of the beach), the Café Bar Época (currently under construction) in the Los Faroles urbanization and the 18 Nudos Surf school on the other side of the river.
And as an ice cream (or curly milk) is a good closure, to a meal, a coffee, a dinner or a walk, enjoy the ice cream parlours Las Delicias del Rey Fernando, the Italian Ice Cream parlour, the Ice Cream parlour Horchatería Sirvent, the Island of Capri and the Perandrés motrileña that has also arrived to Salobreña.
If what you don’t forgive in summer is a good “cake” at snack time, a classic is the “Pereira” van with its unmistakable “Vamos a las tortas, vamos a las cuñas” (Let’s go to the cakes, let’s go to the wedges). El Caraqueño, at the beginning of Avenida García Lorca is a bakery where, in addition to bread, you will find typical salty specialities such as oil bread, beaten cakes and “roscos duros”.
If you are a tourist coming to Salobrena, book your accommodation in Salobrena with the best option here through Booking.com and spend a few days enjoying one of the following accommodations:
The Avenida Hotel, with 3 stars, is the closest to the beach area. Accommodation with 30 rooms, solarium overlooking the Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean Sea, the Vega de Motril and the old town of Salobrena.
On the National Road 340 you will find the Hotel Salambina (1 star), the exclusive Hotel Miba Restaurant & Skybar and closer to Almuñécar the Hotel Best Western Salobreña, three stars, all with beautiful sea views.
For those who are looking for a cheaper option, the options are the Hostal San Juan, the Hostal Jayma, the Hostal Palomares, the Hostal Mary Tere, the Rural Apartment Faldas del Castill, the Pension Mari Carmen and the Pension San José.
The latter, which was originally a country house for farming implements, has been catalogued by the Salobreña Town Hall as a building of typological interest because it is a well-preserved 19th century picturesque house. It was rebuilt at the end of the nineteenth century becoming in 1904 an inn and later on a pension in the sixties of the last century. It’s the oldest accommodation establishment in Salobreña and had the playwright D. José Martín Recuerda as a guest where in 1960 wrote much of his play “How to dry reeds of the road”.
How to get to Salobrena?
The easiest way to get from Granada to Salobreña is in your own vehicle. Take the motorway A 44 direction Almeria / Motril and in about 35 – 40 minutes you will arrive to Salobreña.
If you prefer public transport by bus. From Monday to Sunday there are about 8 options between 7:00 in the morning and 20:00 hours. The stop is at the entrance of Salobreña, to get to the beach you can walk in about 15 minutes or go on the intercity bus Delgado company (Phone 958 60 44 33) every working day and Saturday mornings.
You can download in PDF format the timetables of the following lines:
- Line 1 – Blue (La Caleta – Salobrena – Playa)
- Line 2 – Red (Salobrena Center – Castillo)
- Line 3 – Green (Salobrena – Lobres)
- Line 4 – Orange (Salobrena – Almunecar)
And, of course, you can also travel to Salobrena from Granada by most famous carpooling companies in Spain: Blablacar or Amovens, check out the trips here.
Information of general interest.
The Salobreña Town Hall is located in Plaza Juan Carlos I and the telephone number is 958 610 011 and the website http://www.ayto-salobrena.es.
Useful telephone numbers:
- Civil protection (only in summer): 958 828 774
- Emergencies: 112
- Local Police: 958 611 059
- Firefighters: 958 601 920
- Health Center: 902 505 060
- Tourist Information: 958 610 314. [In Goya Square]
The closest towns to Salobrena are in order of proximity Lobres and Molvízar in the direction of Granada, La Caleta and La Guardia in the direction of Málaga and further on Almuñécar followed by La Herradura, and to the east, Motril, followed by Torrenueva.
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