10 REASONS TO MAKE IT TO TROPICAL MOTRIL
Leading multi-modal travel booking platform Omio is continuing to support some of the hardest hit regions across Europe, encouraging travellers to ‘adopt a town’ Motril in Spain as their destination of choice when booking a holiday this summer.
Set in the heart of Spain’s Costa Tropical, a less familiar area for many Brits who have historically favoured the Costa Brava or Costa Del Sol, Motril sits between Malaga and Almería on the southern Spanish coast in the province of Granada.
In addition to Spain being the easiest European destination for UK travellers to currently access thanks to relaxed entry protocols and despite current amber status, there is the added feelgood factor from contributing to the town’s Food Bank and giving back to a region that has been so badly hit during Covid-19. In addition, there’s so much to do in this interesting, characterful town, set along the stunning coast against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.
1. Ron Montero Distillery
Founded in 1963, Motril’s renowned rum distillery started as a family business dealing with sugar cane for generations. Utilising the traditional methods of “Soleras” and “Criaderas”, the distillery sells 240,000 litres of rum a year. A visit to this famed distillery allows you to see the process from start to finish – from the sourcing of the sugar cane to the completion of the final product – with, of course, a personal tasting to complete the tour.
Free guided tours from Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm, www.romontero.com
2. Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Head Church
Perched atop the hill in the centre of downtown Motril lies one of the most famous architectural highlights of the town. Built in the early 16th century, it was partially destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. Today it attracts visitors who come to experience the calm atmosphere of the Pueblos de América Park that the church sits in, and the ornate, gilded decor inside the building.
Open 10am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm Tuesday to Saturday. Open 9.30am – 2pm Sundays. Closed Mondays. http://www.motril.es/index.php?id=1636
3. Pueblos de América Park
The Park of the Peoples of America is one of the special green lungs of the town. Shrubs, palm trees and a huge variety of 50 different specimen trees from the USA line the park. Those seeking a tranquil walk amongst well-maintained greenery will enjoy the two attractive fountains, playground, artificial river, lake and various interesting sculptures.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, http://www.motril.es/index.php?id=1636
4. Pre-industrial Museum of Sugar Cane
Those with a sweet tooth for history will be satisfied by exploring the process of growing sugar cane from 1,000 years ago up until the present day. With an industry said to have started in the 10th Century, those seeking a context to the town, its culture and its landscape will enjoy the guided tours and interactive exhibits that are included in the admission price.
Open from 10am – 2pm and 6pm – 8pm Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 2pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays. Admission from €2 per person.
5. Motril Port
Located on the Strait of Gibraltar, the Port is in the ideal spot for those seeking boat trips to Morocco. With a yachting marina and fishing port, it is perfect for breezy sunset walks with a variety of excellent beach bars and restaurants or waterside dining after a day at the nearby Poniente Beach
6. Motril History Museum
Local history is told here, reinforced by scientific rigour. Utilising new technologies to bring historic artefacts and documents to life – the museum provides an immersive look into the town’s past. Set in the “Casa Garces”, a short walk from the town centre, self-guided visits are available, with information provided in several languages.
Open Tuesday-Saturday between 10am – 2pm and 5pm – 8pm. Admission from €2 per person. http://www.motril.es/index.php?id=154
7. Costa Tropical Beaches
Beaches, coasts, bays and coves are dotted along the Costa Tropical. Playa Poniente is located right next to the Motril Port and is incredibly popular with families offering many open-air activities and excellent facilities. Crystal clear waters and undisturbed sandy beaches at Torrenueva and Azucenas are both short ten minute drives from the centre of Motril.
8. Birdwatching at Charca de Suarez Nature Reserve
This huge wetland and information centre is located just outside of the town and is home to a variety of birds including coots and herons so it’s a great spot for birdwatchers. The 14 acre wetland is nestled in the valley of the Guadalfeo River and is the largest in the Costa Tropical complete with several lakes and beautiful flora all year round.
Opening times June to September (other months vary): Monday – Friday 6pm – 8pm, and Saturday/Sunday 9am – 1pm and 6pm-8pm. Guided tours also available by prior arrangement: email@example.com / tel. +34 6 51 81 91 34 http://www.motril.es/index.php?id=1343
For sky high views over the Mediterranean Coast, take flight with a certified instructor for up to one hour. Established in 1987, and as one of the first companies to bring this sport to Spain, Parapente Tropical has provided thousands of tourists with a surprisingly tranquil way to see the town and its beautiful coastline.
Available 10am – 8pm seven days a week, transportation to flying point included – for pricing check https://parapentetropical.com/en/
10. Los Mariscos Golf Club
Framed by mountains and fringed by Granada Beach, this eighteen-hole golf course has wide and mainly flat fairways, which makes the course perfect for first-timers as well as avid players. Complete with a driving range, beach club, Meditteranean restaurant and putting green, this perfectly located golfer’s paradise is for all.
Open 7:30AM-6PM Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday. Tee off from 50 euros per person https://www.moriscosgolf.com/
José Manuel Lemos, deputy mayor of Motril said: “We are tremendously excited by this initiative from Omio and we’re hopeful that many UK travelers will now think of Motril as their next destination. Our town offers endless options for all kinds of visitors, from beach tourism to inland discovery with a great authentic heritage – we’re sure that anyone visiting will be pleasantly surprised by its unique character.”