Salobrena Travel Blog› entry 6 of 12 › view all entries
When we arrived to the coast you have two possibilities usually - you can stay on the freeway or you can take the coast road - and if you are not in a hurry I would always recommend you to take the coast road.
Once we left the freeway and we could enjoy the beautiful scenerie of this coast line. The coast line reminded me alot of the stretch between La Specia and Genova in Italy - the first white and wonderful city that hit us were the city of Salobrena - a wonderful place.
We drove a long the coast and no hurry - Kaija had said that we should find a place to eat in Nerja - not that she knew anything about the place but because she felt for it - and she had not felt wrong before, must be the famous female intuition because we found a beautiful restaurant there with excellent food and wine.
As a jewel of the Costa Tropical Salobrena is a whitewashed township clinging to huge lump of rock just back from the shoreline, topped by a Moorish castle and surrounded by lush sugar cane plantations. The city is only 45 minutes drive from Granada, and just over an hour to the Sierra Nevada where we came from.
Salobrena has witnessed 6000 years of human history, thanks to its privileged position and benign climate. Its Moorish Castle was built in the 10th century, and its Mudejar 16th century church, Iglesia de Nuestra Senore del Rosario is built on top of the old mosque. Roman remains turn up everywhere.
In the heat, it can be an exhausting climb to the top of the old town, but it's well worth the effort.
Beneath the old town on the rock, spreads Salobrena's modern development, low-rise, apartments to house its increasing population (10,500) - which to some extend is killing its beauty and charm. You can here as all the other places along this soon british coast find plenty of bars and restaurants to slake your thirst and regale you with the enticing tapas which come with every drink. You'll be offered anything from prawns and clams to morsels of juicy fried fish, slices of jamon and wedges of cheese.