A guide to places to visit around Granada and the Costa Tropical to help you plan your holiday in La Herradura.
Villa Aguilera is located on the Punta de la Mona in La Herradura, an old town located in a privileged setting between the mountains and the sea in the province of Granada. One of the prettiest towns on the Granada coast, La Herradura is the last village in the province before entering Malaga.
The local village of La Herradura is a short ten minute drive away and stretches out along the 2km long bay with a number of seafront bars and restaurants. The village rises back uphill from the beach with a small market, a jumble of narrow streets with shops and a local supermarket.
Marina del Este
3.1 km / 9 mins away
A short drive from the villa is the small, exclusive Marina del Este. The marina has some beautiful boats to drool over whilst enjoying a meal or tapas at one of the several excellent restaurants and bars. There are also several art galleries, shops and a dive centre.
Adjoining Marina del Este is Playa de los Berengueles, a small, sheltered shingle beach with safe swimming and some of the best diving in southern Spain. The natural bay is ideally suited to diving and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. It has a lively beach bar where you can enjoy a meal or drink and also hire parasols and sunbeds.
8.6 km / 16 mins away
A typically old Spanish seaside town dating back to Roman times, Almuñécar is overlooked by the remains of El Castillo de San Miguel, an old Moorish castle. The maze of narrow streets in the old quarter are crammed with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants which come alive at night. There is an excellent indoor market selling cheap produce such as wonderful freshly caught fish and seafood and an amazing variety of exotic, locally grown fruit and vegetables – it is not surprising the area is called the Costa Tropical!
There are tropical gardens and parks to relax in, plazas with tapas bars and restaurants offering al fresco dining. The palm-lined promenade stretches several kilometres with many excellent restaurants and lively bars. There is also a large Aqua park, Aqua Tropic, with flumes and rides, which is open June until September.
20.2 km / 23 mins away
Nerja is an easy twenty minute drive from the Villa and is more developed resort, more typical of the neighbouring Costa del Sol, with dark sandy beaches and the beautiful Balcon de Europa promenade and pedestrianised shopping area.
86 km / 1 h 9 mins away
One of the most alluring and enthralling cities in all of Spain. Granada has much to offer, including the Alhambra, one of Europe’s finest treasures. Built at the foot of the astonishing Sierra Nevada, the splendour of this historically fascinating town is immersive. A great day out.
115 km / 1 h 34 mins away
The Sierra Nevada mountains are about an hour and half away with Spains best skiing and highest peaks. The main resort Solynieve is Europes sunniest ski resort and at 2200m also one of the highest, guaranteeing one of the longest ski seasons from early December to late April.
It is a surprisingly large resort with 23 lifts and 80 kilometers with good intermediate skiing and excellent nursery slopes for beginners. With its many hotels and bars, the resort successfully mixes the Alpine apre-ski with traditional Spanish tapas. From the top of the Veleta at 3400m, you can on a clear day sea across the Mediterranean sea to the Atlas montains of Morocco.
Prices are considerably cheaper than most Alpine resorts.
147 km / 2 h 9 mins away
The region of white mountain villages and towns known as Las Alpujarras is a spectacular landscape to explore as a tourist, trekker, or curious adventurer.