Exploring Spain: Salobrena in Andalusia

by Arūnas
Salobrena is known as “the jewel of the Costa Tropical” – its long dark sound beaches and pleasant temperatures make the town an ideal all-year-round destination in southern Spain.

The town has a long history and rich heritage. The most ancient monuments in Salobrena (Salobreña) date back to the times of the Moorish rule in Spain. One of them is a 10th-century Moorish castle erected on an impressive over 100 m (328 ft) high rocky hill.

Salobrena is surrounding by tropical vegetation, orchards, and lush sugar cane plantations. Azucarera del Guadalfeo, built in the neighboring village of La Caleta in 1861, was the oldest cane sugar mill in Andalusia and the last in Europe; it closed in 2006, now housed a little museum with exhibits.

The climate in Salobrena is mild tropical. The number of tourists coming to rest in the town in winter is increasing every year. Although not everyone dares to swim in the winter sea, the air temperature during the day, even in the coldest months, rises to 20–22°C (68–71°F).

Useful information about Salobrena

Useful information about Salobrena

Area: 35 km² / 13 sq mi

Elevation: 95 m / 312 ft

Coordinates: 36° 44′ 46″ N, 3° 35′ 14″ W

Region: Andalusia

Population: ~12,000

Currency: €

Languages: Spanish, Andalusian

Salobrena map

The picture-postcard town of Salobrena is located on the Costa Tropical, the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, in Andalusia. It is just 50 min south of Granada and 1 hour 10 min east of Malaga by car.

Where to stay: Best Hotels in Salobrena, Spain

While on vacation in Salobrena, I took a swim in the Mediterranean for the first time in my life. Amazing experience! I was surprised that the water is very salty (4% salinity), much saltier than in the Baltic Sea (1%) in Lithuania, my homeland.

The town itself is white and beautiful. I lived in Salobrena for 4 days and did not visit its castle, churches, or museums. I was happy to be here under the hot Andalusian sun wandering the narrow, hilly streets once built by the Moors.

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