Salobreña

The most beautiful Nasrid prison

This beautiful town of Granada, situated in the Banks of the river Guadalfeo, is known for its cultivation of sugar. This village has a gorgeous prison where five kings of Granada were imprisoned. It was also the scene for some tragedies during the Independence War. It is one of the favorite locations for tourists on the Tropical Coast, which allows you to go from the sea to Sierra Nevada Natural Park in almost no time.

Plan your stay in Salobreña

Located on top of a rock, this gorgeous village is full of whitewashed houses and presided over by an impressive Muslim castle. Walking up through the steep streets influenced by their Muslim past, you will find the main sights that Salobreña offers: Nuestra Señora del Rosario church, the Red House, and the Villa of Salobreña Historical Museum. Things to do in Salobreña can take you one entire day, unless you are planning to visit the surrounding historical cities (Motril and Almuñécar) or to practice some active tourism in the near Sierra Nevada Natural Park.

Do you want to visit this place?

The main sight in this village is the castle (where five kings were imprisoned during different time periods), located on top of the rock, surrounded by the whitewashed houses that constitute the old town. We recommend you starting your trip in the Alcazaba (10th century), which used to work as a royal prison in the 14th and 15th centuries. That original Nasrid Fortress was made up of a walled enclosure with a beautiful garden and four towers: the New, the Old, the Polvorín tower, and the Homenaje Tower. There is another enclosure built by Castilians at the end of the 15th century which includes the Cubo and Batería towers. The third enclosure is protected by the Coracha and the Water Tower.

Salobreña’s Alcazaba

Next to the castle, there is the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Church Parish (16th century), built upon a solar that used to be a mosque. A Mudejar construction which draws the attention of visitors because of the bell-tower employed in the past against the Berber attacks. We highlight the Arab style façade and the image of the Virgin of the Rosario, from the 16th century. Next to the town hall, in the Church plaza, you will find the Bóveda (16th century), which linked to Albaicín quarter to the old medina (employed for goods traffic).

The Villa of Salobreña Historical Museum has the archeological collections that date back to the occupation of this territory and its surroundings. A complementary visit can be made to the old Prison, facing this museum. You cannot either miss the Red House, which used to be the residence of the manager of the old sugar factory. If you decide to walk around the coast promenade, you will reach the Rock, which provides the most amazing views of the entire village. One of the last Sugar Factories in Europe, built in the 19th century, can be found in the Caleta.

Must-see...

Dónde dormir en Salobreña
View of the cliffs
Entrada a la Alcazaba

Practical data

Coordinates

36° 44′ 48″ N, 3° 35′ 13″ W

Distances

Granada 68 km, Sevilla 288 km, Madrid 484 km

Altitude

95 m

Inhabitants

12 622 (2012)

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