The commercial city of Motril is situated 69 km directly south of
Granada the capital city of
Granada province. Recent statistics report that its population numbers over 51,000 inhabitants -
and it is still growing.
Motril's historical past is one shared by many other towns along the
Costa Tropical - having
been inhabited by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Moors. During Moorish times, Boabdil,
the last king of Granada, spent time here where his mother had her residence. The area's
economic boom came in the 19th century with its growth and production of sugar cane. In later
times, however, farming of tropical fruits and vegetables became a stronger economic force,
thanks to Motril's temperate sub-tropical climate. Chirimoyo, avocado, mango, nispola and
many other exotic fruits are farmed here and shipped internationally.
But the year-round temperate climate, proximity to the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada mountains,
mild sea breezes and many beaches have increased travelers' curiosity so all types of tourism
have increased substantially in recent years. Weekly cruise ships now dock at the port of
Motril; golf courses, shopping centers, parks and museums, hotels, recreational facilities,
and new access roads are all in progress. Now Motril is not just an important commercial
center with a busy fishing port, but a touristic destination as well. Rural tourism has
been on the rise, and Motril is a jumping off point for travelers to the breathtaking
Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada regions as well as to the
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