Synonymous with sugar cane, Motril is one of the largest towns in the province of Granada. It lies near the mouth of the Guadalfeo River, where it empties into the Alboran Sea and has existed since Roman times. Motril’s fascinating history has included periods under Phoenician, Moorish and French rule.
Things to do in Motril
In the heart of town is the Museo de Historia de Motril, which explores the cultural and social history of the region. Multimedia displays bring the past to life and there are friendly guides ready to share their knowledge. Nearby is the Casa Condesa Torre-Isabel, a beautifully preserved, 17th-century building that hosts changing art exhibitions.
On the southern edge of Motril’s town centre is Parque de los Pueblos de America, a palm-lined green space with landscaped flower beds and benches for watching the world go by. Visit during the spring to see the jacaranda trees in bloom or just admire the spouting geyser in the central pond. You can explore the elegant Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Head or let the kids run loose in the playground and skate park.
For a day at the beach, head to Playa de Torrenueva, a lively stretch of sand with umbrellas and sun loungers for rent, as well as “chiringuito” beach bars serving drinks and snacks. If you’re after something quieter, continue along the coast to Playa La Joya, a cliff-backed cove that can be accessed via a 200-step staircase.
Getting around Motril
Motril is around a one-hour drive from Granada and just over an hour from Malaga. Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport is 1.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. Regular buses connect to Motril and travel throughout the town.