Salobreña is one of the most attractive of the small towns on the entire Spanish
Mediterranean coast. It is prettier than its neighboring towns although offers
fewer amenities than its larger neighbors,
Salobreña is located less than an hour from
Granada and the
Sierra Nevada mountains, 15 minutes
and just over an hour from the
Malaga airport. It is a classic whitewashed village
that climbs up the face of a mountain overlooking the sea, crowned by an imposing Moorish castle.
Salobreña is relatively untouched with a population of 10,500. The town is surrounded by sugar cane
plantations and groves of sub-tropical fruit trees.
Settlement of the town dates back 6,000 years. The old, historic Moorish area of the town is built high on the mountain
and underneath the castle that sits guard on top, with newer developments spread out in the valley below running towards
the east along the coast. From the top of the old town there are spectacular views of the Sierra del Chaparral mountain
range to the north and the Mediterranean coastline to the south, east, and west.
Salobreña has 8 kilometers of pretty beaches and, to the west, many little coves and smaller
beaches. An artificial reef was created off of the Peñon rock where snorkeling and diving is
permitted. There is an 18-hole golf course located 5 only kilometers to the east.
Salobreña must-sees include:
- Moorish Castle, situated at the top of the town, built in the 10th century.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, a 16th century Mudejar church built
on the remains of an old mosque near the top of the town.
- Town Museum, housed in the former town hall in the old town.
- Parque de la Fuente, a shady park beside the coast.
- El Peñon, a large rock jutting out into sea that served as a prison in the
1st and 2nd centuries and then later a Christian burial site.
- The Sugar Factory - the last working sugar factory in Europe lies just to the
west of Salobreña, in the small neighboring village of
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