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Very good with a Spanish feeling lost at many other "English style resorts".

Featured holiday homes in La Herradura

Villa in La Herradura (Punta de la Mona)

(21)
  • 5 bedrooms
  • sleeps 12
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 400 m² living area
  • 250 m² terrace
  • Private pool
  • Heated pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony

Villa in La Herradura (Carmenes del Mar)

(16)
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 150 m² living area
  • 50 m² terrace
  • Shared pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony
  • Terrace

Villa in La Herradura (Carmenes del Mar)

(15)
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 3 toilets
  • 160 m² living area
  • 60 m² terrace
  • Shared pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony
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.

Things to do while you are here

Reviews for La Herradura

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Very good with a Spanish feeling lost at many other "English style resorts".


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The water was excellent , beautiful clear water were I could see the fish at remarkable depths.
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We loved La Herradura. very atmotpheric and close to interesting cities and sites ( Granada, Nerja, Malaga)


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Very good...however parking problematic


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Clean and clear water
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Relatively small uncrowded under-developed beachside village atmosphere


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Don't forget the neighbouring interior less than 1 hour from La Herradura. Take the A7 expressway from LaHeradura towards Malaga, exit to Algarobbo, continue to Sayalonga and continue for another 2.5klm for a truly exceptional winery tour, tasting, food experience at "Bodegas Bentomiz" in a stunning mountainous setting.
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Stayed in June, season hadn't started properly, so was a quiet resort. However we were told it gets very busy in August. We like it quiet so suited us. Lovely beach bars and restaurants.


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Sea very clear. Very hot in June. Water sports available.
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La Herradura is a small town. We visited in May and a lot of the restaurants weren't open. It was very quiet and relaxing but there is little to do with young children other than use the beach. The bars and restaurants we visited were reasonably priced and the food was good. A visit to Marina del Este is worthwhile although not for the faint hearted and the roads to access it are steep and narrow and a car is required.


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If you are planning to stay in Costa Tropical I would recommend Almunecar for generous portions of free Tapas in the bars/restaurants. A visit to beautiful Nerja is a must with its buzzy atmosphere around the Balcon. Lots going on and very family friendly.
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This is a working Spanish town as well as a holiday resort which means it is not just geared to tourists.


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A lovely part of Spain where the mountains meet the sea
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Punta de la Mona where the house is located is a beautiful area in La Herradura. There are plenty restaurants nearby. The town itself is small and there is a nice atmosphere (even in April which is outside the busy season).


Costa Tropical reviews

Beautiful but hilly area. Great for cycling (if you like hills). Certain towns are overdeveloped it seems but in April you do not have to deal with overcrowding. Want of the best climates in Europe!
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The village is nice and quiete. Nice beach with good restaurants and clean water. Nice covered market, supermarkets and enough small shops. Not a big nightlife with pubs and clubs but a long boulevard with terraces and spanish bars. Not a lot of tourist and still very spanish!


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Nice long beach and a lot of space. La Herradura has also 3 or 4 natural beaches in the direct surroundings. Also nice villages to visit like Almunecar, Nerja and Salobrena.
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IS A CITY FOR RELAX


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WONDERFUL
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FirsTstayed here 40'years ago and the restaurants have not improved one bit! Always the same menu. Seafood good but not everyday. A really good Italian restaurant would be an asset Events. Should be advertised in more prominent places, I.e. outside market .


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Still attractive but overbuilt and some pretty ugly buildings facing the beach. Best Hotel on the Punta is one of the most ugly buildings to be seen, it might look,slightly Better if it had been painted white disappointing that those 'in charge' allow these unattractive buildings In ghastly colours to be built.and eventually spoil a beautiful village.
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Very quiet resort, ideal for a relaxing break


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Lovely coastline, breathtaking views
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Oct 27, 2014
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Typically Spanish town - everyone is very friendly.


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Nice beaches and restaurants
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Lovely area just loved it!!


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Just lovely with stunning views
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La Herradura is the perfect place for anyone who wants to enjoy the Spanish Costas without all of the high-rise developments and associated nightclubs, etc. It still feels very Spanish, not least because very few people speak English in the shops, bars and restaurants. The town is situated at one end of a beautiful bay which has a pebble rather than sandy beach. There are a number of small supermarkets which stock all of the basic day-to-day necessities, plus butchers and a lovely bakery/patisserie.


Costa Tropical reviews

A spectacular coast with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada means that a holiday by the sea can be combined with trips into the mountains, or even to Granada
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lovely village with excellent daily market selling local provision. Pebbly / shingly beach, clear cool water. Fantastic beach bars, plenty of opportunity to eat our.


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lovely, very spanish, helpful to be able to speak a little spanish.
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Lovely small town with enough to do if you are looking for a relaxing holiday. Out of season there isn't loads to do but nearby Almuneca offers more buzz with great little shops and authentic Spanish restaurants and bars. The old parts of Almuneca are definitely worth exploring. The beaches in La Herradura are nice although they are shingle/stones not sand and the sea gets deep quite quickly so not the most child-friendly beaches for that reason. Out of season it's not full of tourists so feels like 'real Spain' and the locals were all very friendly. The views from the hilltops are breathtaking - well worth a venture.


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Pretty coast although as above not the most child friendly beaches.
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The wonderful place for holidays.


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Here's always sunshine and a good food.
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This is a lovely spot in Spain and is not for those looking for a lively holiday. It is not swamped with British tourists and the beach is wonderful. Restaurants are fair but the fish from the supermarket in Almunecar cooked at home is exquisite. El Tinao restaurant is by far the best food and value and the staff are committed. Choose the accommodation carefully


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La Herradura and Almunecar have wonderful beaches and the promenade of the latter is fantastic. The sea is clear and warm and heavenly - rent a kayak, jet ski from Dani or a pedalo for the family- it is great. Views to live for and even Nerja 15 minutes away has a lovely beach.
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