Salobreña is located in the Herat of the Costa Tropical, between the Costa del Sol of Málaga and the Costa de Almeria on a privileged stretch of coastline offering unrivalled conditions and attractions for a superb holiday.
Its Mediterranean location, the Sierra Nevada with the highest peaks on the peninsula, protect the Costa Tropical from cold northerly winds and create a subtropical microclimate with 320 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of around 20º C where all types of subtropical fruits are grown in the fertile plains.
Cliffs, coves and wide beaches make up the landscape of this coveted coastline conquered by numerous civilisations. Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs have fought over it and left behind traces of their cultures.
SALOBRENA, A PRIVILEGED ENCLAVE
Salobreña emerges from a rock closet o the sea. The white houses form a bright hill crowned by an old castle, overlooking the fertile plain with tropical crops, irrigated by the Guadalfeo river (from arab Waldi-l-Fa y harbour river) and the blue Mediterranean sea. La Caleta, Lobres and La Guardia, are also Salobreña’s villages.
SALOBRENA – BEACHES AND COVES
You may well be enchanted by the peace and quiet of the clean, tidy roads as they meander gently down to the sea or attracted by the magnificent views which can be enjoyed equally from the Peñon and La Guardia beaches alongside the Promenade or from the Floral Walk and Castle gardens above.
Salobreña reaches out to encompass Lobres and La Caleta, extending its outskirts to an area full of charm, overlooking the sea. Here, the bathing and watersports are inviting, or you can try the local seafood specialities or just enjoy the gentle evening breeze.
A coastline full of surprises awaits us. The well equipped wide beaches of El Peñón and La Guardia where the white washed houses contrast dramatically with the blue of the Mediterranean alongside the little beach bars with their flavor of the sea.
The peaceful La Guardia beach adjoining the sugar plantations and the natural coves of La Caleta and El Pargo hidden between the cliffs, stretching either side of Salobreña.
SALOBRENA: 320 days of leisurely sun-bathing.
320 days of sunshine a year and the opportunity to sunbathe on deserted beaches is a reality for those who visit Salobreña. Six kilometros of beaches and numerous coves provide a haven of peace and tranquillity, interrupted, only by the sound of breaking waves
SALOBRENA – HISTORY
Given its privileged location and environment, Salobreña has been a settlement for numerous civilisations. During the Neolithic Age, semi-nomadic shepherds populated the area and important archaeological remains have been found in the Captain’s Cave, in the vicinity of Lobres. In the 8 th century BC, the Phoencians landed on these shores and established a trading post. Around the 6 th Carthaginians and later, under Roman rule it was integrated into Bética, the richest province of Hispania. During this period it became part of the trading route linking Castulo and Malaka. In 713 AD, Abdelaziz, son of Muza, occupied these lands marking the beginning of Islamic domination which was to last for eight centuries. Its greatest achievements were during the Nasrid period of the Kingdom of Granada, when it became known as Salubania.
In 1489 it was conquered by the Cristians and Francisco Ramirez of Madrid was appointed governor of the town by the Catholic Monarchs for his defence of the castle following the siege of the Nasrid king, Boabdil. At the beginning of 1810, French troops occupied the area until their expulsion in 1812.
In the second half of the 19th century when the town lost its military character and experienced a boom in the sugar cane industry, Salobreña implemented a programme of urban expansion.
CUSTOMS AND TRADITION
In February, Salobreña’s nights are filled with Fiestas, masks, carnival lights, music and dancing. A prelude, perhaps, for the enthusiastically celebrated provincial “Day of Andalucia” on the 28th of the month. During this popular fiesta the village is checked with green and white flags.
During the week before Easter, the steep hills are alive with processions and the aromas of incense. The special character and quality of these pilgrimages have earned them the mark of respect and admiration, and attract a large number of visitors, often staying until the early hours of the morning. Of particular note is the “women only” Procession of the Virgin of Solitude, on Good Friday.
The Day of the Cross, on the 3rd May, is full of colour and fun. The polka-dot dresses, Sevillana dancing and sweet-smelling carnations provide a real Andalusian flavor.
In summer, the fair to celebrate the feast days of Saint John and Saint Peter (June 24th to 29th) is an event to be enjoyed by everyone, visitors and tourists, young and old alike. During July and August an extensive programme of sport, culture and music is available for both local residents and summer visitors.
Particularly worthy of mention are the “New Age” Concert, the Theatrical performance in the Arab Castle, open air concerts of classical music in the Parque La Fuente, children’s entertainments, popular festivals, the special water celebration on the 16th July of the Virgin Carmen’s Feast Day, Patron Saints of La Caleta and La Guardia. Also not to be missed the Rock Concert and the Flamenco Festival “Lucero del Alba” in August.
And lastly, on October 7th, the feast day for the Patron Saint of the area, we can enjoy the company of our neighbours and many other Salobreñans who return every year specially for this occasion, when everyone gathers together on the beach to enjoy the traditional procession in honour of the Virgin of the Rosary.
A culture of seafood with beautifully presented dishes, marinaded blue fish, dried octopus, barbecued sardines, shellfish straight from the port and rockfish baked in salt. Andalusian chilled “Gazpachos” and tropical salads fresh from the garden.
Succulent rock salmon, casseroled with potatoes, shellfish soups and house specialities such as Serrano ham from Trevelez or “migas” reflect the history and cultural traditions.
To have a “tapa” in one of the little bars in Salobreña’s sidestreets or squares is to taste fish straight from the depths of the sea; well-fried, steamed or grilled protions accompanied by heady local wines.
In addition, you can savour the exotic tropical fruits such as custard apples, paw-paws, avocados, local bananas, guavas, and mangos or try the original Arabic confectionery.
There are numerous local artists who produce various handcrafts throughout the region using authentic traditional methods.For example, you can see basketry, tapestry, pottery, macramé, work with cardboard or bobbin lace along with decorated artwork such as fountains, small lamps, figurines and so on.
Nowadays, handicraft is developing among young people thanks to the courses offered by the Cultural Centre in Salobreña. Of particular note are the Salawbinya Engraving Workshop and the Arabian Ceramic School.
Every year, on the 7th October there is an annual Craft Fair in Salobreña where these beautiful works of art are exhibited and offered for sale.
Beyond Salobreña and the Peñon Beach we come to La Caleta. A peaceful walk up its stoping streets is a pleasing and agreeable experience. You can relax in the Lavadero square, have a drink in one of its many small bars or simply watch the sun go down from its rocky shores.
Its Simple people, born to a life of sugar production and fishing, are warm and friendly like the southern sea breeze itself. Its feast day, in honour of the Virgin Carmen, is celebrated in a special way with a water procession of the river to the accompaniment of encouraging cheers and fireworks.
One of the interesting hideaways of the area can be discovered off the beaten track between Molvizar and Itrabo. On the way you come to Lobres, popping up like a white dot on the landscape next to the river, with its friendly, hard-working people still engaged in agricultural production of vegetables and sub-tropical fruits.
These peaceful, tranquil villages of the Costa Tropical, though close to nature, offer us their hospitality freely. Stop here to enjoy a palatable local wine with its Southern flavor together with a “tapa” of local pork sausage, Serrano ham or black pudding.
Location: 36°46′14″N 3°33′56″O
SALOBRENA – THE CASTLE
The existente of a fortification has been known since the 10th century. Although the layout corresponds to the construction built during the Nasrid period, the Arab castle was the result of combined Moslem and Christian architecture. The inner area comprises the former Nasrid fortified palace and the outer areas served as military defence structures and were built by the Christians at the end of the 15th century.
The pleasant castle gardens are in bloom throufhout the year and there are outstanding views of the fertile plain, coastline and mountains from the towers and battlements.
These features make the castle one of the most visited landmarks on the coast and, as night falls, the floodit castle is one of the most beautiful monuments in Andalusia.