Motril is one of the most important towns of Granada, being the second in population. Its location near the sea has made Motril a quite outstanding place throughout history.
It is located only 69 kilometres from Granada and has grown from small fishing villages to a major tourist area; find out more with our guide.
The origin of Motril is possibly Phoenician; what we do know for certain is that the Romans inhabited the city until the fall of the empire and the subsequent invasion of the Arabs, who dominated the southern peninsula for 8 centuries.
The Christian conquest of Motril caused the forced conversion to Christianity of many of the former inhabitants of Motril; this and other demands provoked a revolt of the population that eventually won rights and even their own council, yet people ended up leaving Motril, leaving it deserted.
Until the seventeenth century, after the disappearance of the constant pirate attacks Motril did not begin to recover economically and demographically, although the production of sugar, to which the municipality had been dedicated since ancient times, finished in the early twenty-first century, leaving factories and remains as monuments of its past.
Currently the economic activity of Motril is based on the cultivation of tropical fruits and tourism.
Motril has many tourist attractions; many of these places you can discover taking a walk. Walking through the streets and after passing through the old street Puerta de Granada you get to the old Moorish suburb; streets steeped in tradition, with seventeenth-century architecture and museums dedicated to the former production of sugarcane among other places of importance.
Golfers will find a golf course with 18 holes in Playa Granada, the Los Moriscos golf course.
Interpretation Centre of Sugarcane
In this museum you will learn more about the history of the sugar industry in Motril; the museum is located in an old house built in 1604 and donated by the last of their owners for cultural use.
The production of sugar cane is one of the most important crops from the time of Al-Andalus in the Mediterranean but is currently abandoned.
In this centre are shown the different mining periods in the town and surroundings. Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.
Motril, the main fishing port of Granada, supplies with fresh fish and seafood the kitchens of the municipality. Among the recommended dishes are lobster, shrimp, sea bream and bass just to name a few; without forgetting two of the most typical dishes of Motril, dried octopus and sardines Moraga.
The route to take to get to Motril is on the N-340 national road and the A-7 motorway towards Rincon de la Victoria and Nerja, the motorway being the quickest route. Motril is located a few kilometres from Almuñecar and Salobreña.
We recommend special attention with the speed limit as there are radars installed along the way. Want to know more about fines with a rental car?
The following map shows you the route in detail: