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Salobreña (Salobrena)

The town of Salobreña in the province of Granada lies at the foot of a Hispano-Muslim castle on the so-called Costa Tropical on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Its long beaches and pleasant temperatures make it an ideal all-year-round destination. The sugar cane and tropical fruits that grow here mix with fish and shellfish from the area to create mouthwatering recipes. From here, travellers can enjoy many coastal towns suitable for practising water sports and outdoor activities.

Salobreña’s wonderful location has given it excellent beaches, where many tourist complexes are set. Its varied range of hotels and leisure is completed by an interesting historic quarter with whitewashed façades arranged around its Arab castle. Salobreña’s origins go back to the Phoenician period. Founded as a trading colony, it was also settled by Romans and Arabs until it was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs. Pirate attacks made the town build a wall and its inhabitants chose safer places in the mountains. Nowadays, its excellent tropical climate, with temperatures between 15 and 32 degrees, attracts visitors all year round. Old TownThe higher part of the town centre is dominated by a castle built on rocks. Walls of brick and masonry, large towers and the Keep form part of the silhouette that dominates the houses of Salobreña. Built by the Romans, it was the Arabs who extended this defensive construction. At the foot of the Gran Peñón, on which it stands, are the streets with whitewashed façades so much a part of the Muslim tradition. Another interesting building is the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, built in the 16th century on the site of an old mosque. The different districts of this Granada town, like La Loma, La Fuente, El Brocal and el Albaycín, have medieval corners with openings for doors, arches and windows. A walk around the area gives travellers an idea of what this place was like in far-off times. The Promenade, between the orchards where many fruit trees grow and the coast, is another good option for getting a little closer to the culture of Granada. Meanwhile, on Salobreña’s beaches, travellers can practise a wide variety of water sports and outdoor activities.

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