Spain’s Secret Costa Tropical

La Cresta Villa

Whilst tourists flock to southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, take a one hour drive out of Malaga city following the coast east along the fabulous Mediterranean motorway and you will find Spain’s secret Costa Tropical.


Spain’s secret Costa Tropical

The Costa Tropical takes its name from its microclimate boasting an astonishing 320 days of sunshine a year!

Here on the coast of Granada the wedding season is the longest in Spain.
In fact, with a suitable plan B in case of high wind or wet weather, winter weddings can be celebrated all year round.

And yet this hidden paradise has yet to be discovered.


Weddings in Spain for less

Along the warm protected coastline of the Costa Tropical, bananas, pomegranates, avocados, mangoes and custard apples grown in abundance. 

Green parrots live in the palm trees lining the beaches and the majority of tourists are Spanish.

In the province of Granada, tapas are usually served free with drinks and prices in general are much cheaper than in the developed tourist destinations.

With out-of-season travel and accommodation being considerably less too, on the Costa Tropical of Granada your wedding budget goes a whole lot further!


Weddings in the Costa Tropical

  • Granada city is just 45 minutes from the Costa Tropical
    It is perfect for couples wanting to immerse themselves in the Moorish history of the Alhambra Palace and the surrounding gypsy quarter where spontaneous bursts of flamenco are frequently heard in the streets.
  • Private villa weddings with sea views are on trend for couples who prefer to spend quality time with their guests at a private ceremony in luxurious surroundings.
  • Beach weddings at one of the chiringuito beach bars take full advantage of the spectacular sunsets along this 75 kilometre stretch of Spain’s secret southern coast.
  • Boat micro weddings out of pretty Marina del Este offer couples a real chance to sail off into the sunset together – with the possibility of dolphins in your wedding photos!
  • Wild wedding elopements on the cliff tops and mountains appeal to unconventional couples with a passion for travel, adventure and spectacular scenery.


Real Spanish Weddings in Spain

For a taste of real Spain, travel just ten minutes beyond the tourist destination of Nerja into the Costa Tropical of Granada.

  • La Herradura is a horseshoe shaped bay with a protected natural marine park boasting the best diving in Spain
  • Almuñécar is a slightly more high rise coastal holiday town with 19 km of coastline
  • Salobreña has a spectacular castle overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean
  • Motril is a bustling port town with Spain’s only rum factory and a ferry across to north Africa

Go further east along the Costa Tropical as far as La Rábita to discover the quietest part of this little known stretch of coastline.

The Costa Tropical is for those couples wanting real Spanish weddings – and for those wanting to organise everything themselves this is a great starting point.


Photo credits: wedding venue @lacrestavilla planned by with flowers by AnaMena_ArteFloral

Author bio: Debbie Skyrme is "Celebrant Spain".  Award winning bilingual destination wedding celebrant officiating elopements, vow renewals and wedding ceremonies in the Spanish sunshine.