Make the most of your holiday in La Herradura. Here’s your guide of places to visit whilst you’re here.
About La Herradura
Originally famed for giving the Spanish Armada refuge from a storm, the pretty harbour and curving horseshoe bay of La Herradura is better known these days as a hotspot for sporty types and sun seekers. This small resort on the Costa Tropical has bags of charm among its streets of gleaming white houses with blue-shuttered windows.
Hit the sands
Darkened sands and pebbles make up the beach in La Herradura. Windsurfers often flock to get the best of the waves, but it’s great for diving and chiringuitos, too. Shop, eat paella and sardines around the seafront, and don’t miss the gorgeous sunsets as the sky unveils them.
See it all
Wander along the promenade and explore the quaint streets of the town centre. The 16th-century Moorish castle, San José Church, and Plaza Nueva all warrant a visit, but neighbouring Almuñécar is the bigger sibling for sights. Historic landmarks await, while the far-reaching rippling sea is pretty inviting, too.
Eating and drinking
Food and drink are a huge part of the culture in Spain, and La Herradura is no exception. Delicacies in the area include pescaíto frito (deep-fried fish), porra (tomato and dried bread soup) and ajoblanco (bread, almond and garlic soup). You can be sure to find a variety of fine wines to wash this down with. Or, a refreshing jug of Sangria.
320 days of sunshine a year
La Herradura’s Mediterranean climate makes it a pleasant destination at any time of year. The Costa Tropical enjoy 320 days of pure sunshine a year and an average temperature of 20°C. Most people visit between April and September. Spring and autumn are ideal for cycling, walking, mountain climbing or golf. July and August are the hottest and driest months. Rain is most likely between October and March, when everything becomes greener and wild flowers are abundant, but it can also get quite chilly (though still warmer than Northern Europe).
There’s so much to see and do around La Herradura and hiring a car will make this so much easier. You can head to one of the many beaches in the area, enjoy some retail therapy or, if you’re a keen golfer, try out one of the golf courses that Granada (1 hour north) and Malaga (1 hour east) have to offer.