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La Herradura travel information and video

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Facts

Inhabitants 4500
Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Granada, Malaga
Distance to airport 79 km
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 10 C


La Herradura

The stunning bay of La Herradura, together with its neighbouring town of Almuñecar, forms the tourist capital of Costa Tropical.

However, it is still a relatively unknown stretch along Spain’s southern coastline, which belongs to
the Granada province in Andalusia; lying between the more populous Costa del Sol to the west, and the Costa Almeria to the east.

The area forms one of the most attractive bays along the southern coast of Spain, with its two large natural promontories, the Punta de la Mona and Cerro Gordo, which protect a two kilometre long sandy beach.


About town
The village itself is located at the eastern point of the bay; it’s a typical Andalusian village of
whitewashed houses, sitting on a gentle slope leading down to the beach.

The town offers good amenities, with shops, bars and restaurants. Down towards the beach there is a wonderful promenade that stretches the whole length of the bay. Perfect for an early evening stroll before dinner, to watch the sun go down.


Beaches
La Herradura has a fine sandy beach, which stretches for 2 kilometres, and aside from this beach, there is 19 kilometres of local coastline, with a variety of beaches, from long stretches
of sandy, small coves.

Water sports are very popular and there are numerous businesses offering different types of courses and equipment hire. Divers will find some of the best underwater scenery here, along the whole southern coast and the best scuba diving in Spain, La Herradura by Almunecar (where most of our diving takes place!) is a National Marine Reserve that plays host to an immense variety of marine life.


Natural surroundings

From here you can almost reach out and touch Africa. The dramatic results are what give the Costa Tropical its special geography and climate, so unlike any other coastline in southern Spain.

Rugged hills soar up steeply from valley floors or plunge dramatically into the sea. Once-forested, now bare hillsides provide a marginal foothold for almond, olive and the hardy carob tree. And above everything towers the grand Sierra Nevada.

Climate
The mountain range, which boast the highest peak in mainland Spain, form a natural weather-break which protects the coastline from the worst influences of the European winters, while Africa, to the south, helps buffer the harsh effects of both the Mediterranean and Atlantic weather.

As a result, the area has an extraordinarily benign subtropical climate, which can be seen in the variety of exotic products to be found in the local markets, especially the different fruits.




Map of La Herradura

Reviews for La Herradura

Average overall ratings
 
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Based on 87 reviews.

   
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18 August, 2014

City review

La Herradura is about a 15 minute walk down the hill from the house. It's a quiet town but with a good selection of restaurants, smaller shops and bars. The bigger town is Almunecar which is about 5 km away.

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Very Spanish area
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04 August, 2014

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too difficult to park the car. had to go to the neighbour town to find a good supermarket no interessting shopping possibilities.

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nice beaches nice houses nice roads for driving. good infrastructure
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02 June, 2014

City review

Don't go if you want nightclubs bars and noisy tourists! It's a Spanish resort with great restaurants breathtaking views. Family friendly and welcoming only hours drive from MAlaga. Easy get away

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Quiet scenic beaches
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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23 May, 2014

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An area more attractive for elderly people

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Great coast starting from Almunecar towards Malaga. Areas from Almunecar eastwards have much less charisma
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12 May, 2014

City review

Nice Place but it's sad what happened with the west part of la herradura. We more or less just stayed in the house.

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Nice!
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30 April, 2014

City review

Lots of restaurants but very few shops or places of interest

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A surprisingly peaceful area , not overly touristy and maintaining a traditional feel.
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16 November, 2013

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November is a quiet month. It has everything you need.

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November: Lovely, Sunny and not to warm
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30 October, 2013

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La Herradura is a small town stretched along a beach. Touristic yet with local flair.

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We liked the costa tropical for the local flair and nice beached around.
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16 September, 2013

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small, friendly

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Stoney beaches
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13 August, 2013

City review

Longer walk from accommodation than we had hoped and very, very hilly near apartments.

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Amazing - Lovely Spain, not tacky Spain
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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28 July, 2013

City review

A bit too quiet for me but great for a calm and quiet stay. No proper supermarket, but there is 5kms away in Almunecar.

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Nice. Calm water.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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11 July, 2013

City review

Very quiet and beautiful sleepy sea side village.

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Some parts are truly magnificent, others are in need of updating. All in all very pleasant.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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28 June, 2013

City review

Great place, small, spanish through and through loved it, only heard one English person and that was my partner :-) Tapas still served at beach bars and the Spanish all try to help you with language.

Coast review

Awesome, amazing views, weather was great, hot all day but not stuffy or humid. Nerja was the best of spain I have seen and been all around the coast.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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14 May, 2013

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City review Small but with everything you need.

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Coast review Lovely area and convenient for Granada, Alhambra, mountains etc.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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11 April, 2013

City review

A nice tourist resort with mountains running right to the sea and beautiful bay. Not the Costa del Sol!

Coast review

Interesting spots abound if you have a car (and don't mind hairpin turns to the north).
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29 October, 2012

City review

Small but with everything you need.

Coast review

Lovely area and convenient for Granada, Alhambra, mountains etc.
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02 October, 2012

City review

We love La Herradura, it´s a nice little village.

Coast review

We love to swim in the "mediterraneo", although this year we had a few yelly fishes.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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17 September, 2012

City review

The town is little known to most Brits. Thankfully. If you want loud bars and fast food you will be out of luck. The only children seemed to be young Spanish locals. It is not cheap nor very expensive, average meals with two drinks were 18 to 25 Euros. Parking is difficult but not impossible, but watch the restrictions on la playa. Beautiful place, people, and food. Love it!

Coast review

The sand is coarse gravel on most beaches. Pebbles on many. The area is tranquil and generally more designed for older foreigners and locals from Granada than Costa Del Sol. Plenty of shops and markets, still has old Spanish charm about it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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02 September, 2012

City review

Very busy in August, but to be expected

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Very pretty area
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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31 August, 2012

City review

Nice beach.

Coast review

Good snorkeling and diving nearby.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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24 July, 2012

City review

Lovely local setting!

Coast review

Very pretty and much cheaper to eat out than other areas. Granada area free tapas with every drink you order.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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23 July, 2012

City review

Nice little town with appropriate stores and restaurants

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Nearby cities with nice cultural experiences and shopping possibilities
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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17 July, 2012

City review

A delightful resort town. Understated, but genuine in character. Not pretentious.

Coast review

Magnificent climate, friendly people. Beautiful scenery.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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15 July, 2012

City review

Very small and nice village

Coast review

We have been told that in this particular area the temperature is always not very hot which makes it fantastic for family type vacations
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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23 May, 2012

City review

We enjoyed the experience of a more traditional Spanish town rather than a typical spanish/british town we have visited before

Coast review

A beautiful part of the world, access to various activities if required, otherwise relax in various locations
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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23 February, 2012

City review

A wonderful little town, with great local restaurants and markets, make sure you visit the bakery and if the right time of year a local football game.

Coast review

A pretty coast with lots to see and do within a 2 hour drive.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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Submitted by:
10 October, 2011

City review

Not too sophisticated, typically spanish. Liked the simplicity, but restaurants choice limited.

Coast review

Beaches a little grey and dusty but the water was lovely. Overall this didn't detract from the picturesque landscape.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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04 September, 2011

City review

Calm and clean city with a good beach. Climate is very good. Atmosphere is spanish, with a guestfriendly attitude.

Coast review

Wonderfull climate. Good calm beaches. And rural mountains and villages close to coast line.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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01 June, 2011

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Beautiful contrast with the beach & mountains. Enjoyed the charter trip with Sail & Stay
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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19 January, 2011

City review

Very quiet in january but enough restaurants to give a choice. Will return to this location again.

Coast review

Delightful
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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