Salobreña - Activities

The Moorish Castle of Salobreña
The Moorish Castle of Salobreña

Salobrena is a place to unravel the senses on the beach with the soaring sky and glittering ocean before you, and the gleaming white town behind you. Take the little local bus (it stops at various points on the promenade) to the top of the hill and explore the "casco antiguo" or old town with its Moorish Castle, 17th Century church, "boveda" or mediaeval vault, its narrow winding flower-filled streets and charming promenade until the castle. Don't forget to take in the archaeological museum tracing the history of the town.

The tourist office (Tel/Fax: 958 610 314) organises guided tours of the old town at regular times during the summer, and they're well worth the effort.

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On the way to the beach, pause in the Parque de la Fuente to enjoy the pond, the gardens and the tropical birds. It has a playground for kids too. Before you settle down on the beach, check out El Peñon, a massive lump of rock jutting out into the water. This used to be a burial ground, but is now a favourite place for visitors who want to enjoy spectacular views of the coast or inland.

The lush fields you see all around the town are full of sugar cane, and you can learn more about this industry from the last remaining sugar-cane factory in Europe, an easy walk to neighbouring la Caleta. There's a small museum there which has a model of the whole cane-sugar process.

Culturally, there's always plenty going on in Salobrena. The tourist information office will provide information about the full programme of concerts, exhibitions, theatre and cinema all year round.

DIVING

If it's water sports you're after, there's a diving centre at Hotel Salobrena (Tel: 958 610 261). Salobrena is one of few places on the coast to boast an artificial reef place just off shore, to shelter and nurture a greater variety of sea life. In the two years it has been in place, the results have been outstanding, and the spot is now popular with divers.

More watersports can be found in the marina at Motril (drive east) or Marina del Este (drive west).

SPORTS COMPLEX

For tennis, basketball and football, call the Sports Complex.
Tel: 958 610 165

WALKING

There are 140 kilometers of roads and paths to enjoy from Salobreña. Enquire at the Tourist Office about the various routes, ranging in length from one hour to seven. Maps and itineraries are available to keep you on course.

GOLF

Try the charming nine hole course five minutes east out of town at Campo de los Moriscos.

WINE SCHOOL

La Escuela de Cata Sancho Panza is Salobreña's wine school, run by Patrick Mosele. It offers a variety of courses for professionals and enthusiastic amateurs. C/. Fabrica Nueva 108 Tel: 958 612 687.

EXCURSIONS

Granada of course with its magical Alhambra Palace. It´s a 40 minute drive, or you can take the bus. The Sierra Nevada, with its winter skiing, is only an hour and ten minutes away. The Alpujarra mountains, an hour away with its network of charming villages, traditional crafts and serrano ham industry.