I had not heard of this particular Costa until it was reviewed this year in a few articles and thought I would give it a go. It was an hour’s transfer from Malaga along the coast and dropped down very steeply into the bay that nestled the town. The seafront was excellent for walking with wide paved, tiled, cobbled areas and you could go for long flat excursions to see the various sights. The old town, centrally located had the typical narrow old tiled streets going round and round with lots of little shops and right at the top the castle which was open for viewing and very interesting with lovely views across inland to the Sierra Nevada.
The tapas custom was very strong here and it was so easy to go into any cafe/bar at lunchtime just order a beer and it would come with the tapas of the day, a couple of small beers and lunch for the day was free! There were many eating places along the front and in town and the fish specialities included fried anchovies, sardines, calamari plus all the larger fish if you wanted a full meal. The fruit and veg market in town held a wonderful display of goods and we bought Granada grapes which were 1.5″ long and fat and juicy. The back of the town was a tropical valley of fruit trees, mainly custard apple, avocado and mango and these three fruits were available at every turn.
Other places of interest included, an aquarium, bird park, botanical garden, roman salt fishery, bonsai museum, cultural centre which had concerts, plays, recitals, etc. and a museum.
The beach itself, lined with various tropical plants and trees, was a small grey gravel beach, not very pretty, but the sea was crystal clear when it was calm. The beach shelved quite steeply and the shingle was soft and your feet sank so that you entered the water rather suddenly until you learned the ropes or bought the beach shoes that most shops sold then it became easier. We swam most days but there were three days when the jelly fish were a problem so then used the hotel pool.
Bus travel out of town is easy – there is a bus station in the middle of town and we travelled to Granada and beyond at very low cost – less than £8 return each.
There is a large flea market by the bus station every Friday and a car boot sale every Sunday morning.
We had a three week stay and thoroughly enjoyed the resort.