La Herradura (Granada)
Enjoying a beautiful setting, this pretty village overlooks a horseshoe-shaped bay which is famous for its crystal clear waters, sheltered, if pebbly, beach and excellent watersports’ facilities, particularly scuba-diving. Located 12 kilometres east of Nerja and linked by the coastal motorway, La Herradura falls in the province of Granada and the Costa Tropical, renowned for its sub-tropical climate.
The village rises from the beachfront and has all the essential shops, banks and services one could need. Visitors delight in exploring the local indoor market and indulging in the delicious treats at the village bakery. There are two excellent pharmacies and a local health practice which will assist visitors in need. Larger supermarkets can be found in Almunecar and Nerja. There are numerous friendly bars with sunny terraces, where one can enjoy cooling drinks and tasty tapas. There is a great choice of restaurants, ranging from beachfront chiringitos, specializing in locally caught fish, to those offering international cuisine of a high standard.
There are numerous possibilities for exciting leisure pursuits in the village. On the beach sailboards, canoes, dinghies, jet skis and pedalos can be hired …one can even charter a crewed catamaran to explore the coast. La Herradura is a well known centre for scuba diving, and there are several schools offering expert tuition.
La Herradura’s subtropical climate makes for an ideal holiday destination in winter. Sheltered by the local mountain range the average temperatures are usually several degrees warmer than the Costa Del Sol. Special rates can be negotiated for longer stays in winter.
Sierra Nevada (Granada)
Skiing at the Sierra Nevada resort is available in the winter months, and is situated close to Granada, an 80 minute drive. It is said in La Herradura that one can ski in the morning and sunbathe on the playa in the afternoon. And it’s true!
The ski station is one of the best equipped in all of Spain, and offers – depending on the climate – nearly a six month season. The resort has a great selection of all types of hotel and apartment accommodation, restaurants, bars and night life and 100+ kms. of ski slopes, including off-piste – for all levels of skiers, 15 ski schools, 1,200 metres height deviation, 21 lifts, 353 snow cannons and the Sulayr Super snow park.
2012 – 2013 Sierra Nevada season: 24th November – 21st April.
The headland of Cerro Gordo Natural Park, topped by a Moorish watch tower provides several fascinating local walks with fabulous panoramic views west to Malaga and east to Salobreña. There is a wide variety of wild life to be seen, which includes mountain goats, deer and even wild boar.
Is to be found just to the other side of the Cerro Gordo, and is one of several naturist beaches in the area and has two excellent restaurants. West of La Herradura, the coastline towards Nerja is stunningly beautiful, offering unique mountain vistas; a wealth of fascinating flora and fauna; and numerous secluded coves and beaches to explore.
Marina Del Este
Is a short drive to the east of the village of La Herradura, and provides stylish mooring for the yachts of the rich and famous. On the quayside there are several art galleries to peruse and many excellent restaurants for that romantic night out. Adjacent, there is a lovely coved beach and merendero (restaurant). Yachts and sailing boats are available for hire as well as full chandlery services.
Peña Escrita Natural Park
Access to the park is a short, but steep, drive into the mountains above the village. There is a wide variety of animals to be seen here in the zoological park, including hippos, bears, monkeys and kangaroos. Indigenous animals, such as the local deer, can also be seen roaming freely on the hillside. Log cabins are available for overnight or weekend stays. There is a large outdoor pool/lido open during the summer and a restaurant offering many local delicacies. Mountain bike hire and horse riding are also available.
The Alhambra Palace Granada
It is said that a man who dies without seeing the Alhambra has seen nothing. The Alhambra is the most visited cultural site in Europe and is a rewarding excursion. Due to its popularity it is recommended that tickets are pre-booked through any travel agency in Spain.
Video – LA ALHAMBRA
Paseo Andrés Segovia, s/n (next to hotel Los Fenicios), La Herradura – 18697 (Granada). Tel: (+34) 958 82 79 84. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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