ABOUT LA HERRADURA
La Herradura, together with Almuñécar, form the tourist area of the Costa Tropical. This relatively unknown stretch of Spain’s southern coastline belongs to Granada province in Andalucia, It lies between the more populous Costa del Sol to the west, and the coast of Almeria to the east.
The tropical bay of La Herradura is one of the most beautiful bays along the south coast of Spain. Unlike many areas along the coast, development has been restricted in height, which allows you to enjoy the contours of the natural setting. The village presents a typical aspect of whitewashed buildings climbing the gentle slopes of a small hill leading up from the beach. In recent years, the village has expanded eastwards along the shore to the foot of the Punta de la Mona, fronted by a procession of restaurants, bars, and shops.
SIGHTS TO SEE
Enclosed by two hills (Punta de la Mona & Cerro Gordo), the beach in La Herradura offers a unique opportunity for relaxation while enjoying the beautiful views of the Mediterranean sea and the hills. With the typical Spanish Chiringuitos (beach restaurants), water and beach games, possibilities to do and learn watersports (kayak, sailboat, jet ski, paddleboard and many more), diving courses or simply enjoying the sun, there is always something to do regardless of age. La Herradura has an incredibly beautiful, private and remote naturist beach as well, named Cantarrijan, only 10 minutes drive from our hotel making us the closest hotel to this beach.
The high season starts at the end of May and finishes early September.
Marina del Este
Marina del Este, located on the eastern side of the Punta de La Mona is a small port surrounded by marine shops, restaurants, bars and other interesting and unique facilities. For boat and sea lovers, visiting the port is certainly a one of a lifetime experience, due to its exceptional location, natural features and relatively undiscovered status.
For those who like to take long walks and hiking, visiting the top of Cerro Gordo hill is a must. With an old watchtower, the lookout at the top of the mountain offers breathtaking views of the never ending sea and the coastline from La Herradura until Málaga, small and intimate beaches, astonishing cliffs and the impressive mountain range of Sierra Nevada.
WHERE TO EAT
Restaurant at Hotel La Tartana
Unique views to the sea, high-class dishes and an outstanding service – these are a few of the most important features of the Restaurant at Hotel La Tartana. Offering an extraordinary dining experience, our restaurant welcomes guests with a combination of Spanish and International dishes, wide range of beverages and a special atmosphere that will be hard to forget. See our a-la-carte menu here.
Bar & Restaurant La Tartana Playa
Our recently opened Bar & Restaurant La Tartana Playa is located right on the beach in La Herradura. For those who like to spend a nice lunch or dinner in a friendly and fun “bistro” atmosphere, our beach restaurant is highly recommended. A daily changing menu, cozy inside space and a spacious terrace guarantee a special gastronomical experience.
Only about 15 minutes drive from La Herradura, Nerja represents a traditional Andalusian seaside town with many beautiful sights to see, shops, restaurants, bars and typical white buildings, located on the Costa Del Sol. For cave lovers, the Nerja caves, discovered in 1959, are a must-see. Its potholes are running miles into the mountains between Nerja and Granada. The well built pathways make it easy and interesting for tourists to discover even the smallest details of the cave. Another major tourist attraction of Nerja is the Balcony of Europe (Balcón de Europa). With an enormous square in the center of the town, it provides excellent panoramic views to the sea, which would be a mistake to miss out on.
For those who are eager to experience the atmosphere of a big city, Granada is most probably the best choice. Beside the massive amount of unique tapas bars, restaurants, bars and discotheques, there is a large amount of historical and cultural sights to see. One of the most important sights in Granada is Alhambra, which is a palace and fortress complex originally built in AD 889, renovated in the mid-13th century. Due to its complex history, many exciting and not well-known details, and big demand, it is recommended to visit with a tourguide and a pre-bought ticket. Those who are visiting Andalusia during winter time have also trips to consider to Granada. Sierra Nevada Ski Station, being an immensely popular ski resort in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, is a perfect place for those who like to spend their vacation actively. Depending largely on the amount of snow, the skiing season may last from November until May. Visitors who do not like to ski, but enjoy the mountains and snow, might spend a nice day in the resort village situated at the foot of the slopes. Granada is about a 45 min. drive away from La Herradura ( Sierra Nevada Ski Station is about 25 km from the city of Granada).
Another big city close to La Herradura is Malaga, which is about an hour drive away. It is considered to be the the sixth most populous city in Spain and due to its 2,800 year old history, it is one of the oldest cities in the world. Regarding tourism, around 6 million tourists visit Malaga each year. One of the most important tourist attractions is the Gibralfaro Castle that offers stunning views and beautiful gardens. The Roman Theatre, which shows open-air performances, is also a must-see while visiting the city. It was built by the emperor Agustus, rediscovered in 1951. For visitors who like to take nice and romantic walks at night, the Pier I Port of Malaga is highly recommended. With its lights, restaurants, bars and shops, it is perfect to relax and enjoy a delicious cocktail or an ice cold beer by the sea.