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The Corner of Spain Where Mangos, Bananas and Avocados Grow

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. MULTIZ321

    MULTIZ321 TUG Member

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    The Corner of Spain Where Mangos, Bananas and Avocados Grow
    By Annie Bennett/ Travel/ Activity and Adventure/ The Telegraph/ telegraph.co.uk

    "Fancy sitting on a beach in the warm December sunshine, eating a prawn and mango salad and drinking locally made rum? The good news is that you don’t have to travel to the Caribbean to do so. Just take a short flight to Andalucia.

    The Costa Tropical, in the province of Granada in southern Spain, is a coastline of coves and Moorish watchtowers where a quirk of climate means that dense groves of mangos, avocados, custard apples, bananas and other exotic crops flank the Mediterranean. The protection of the Sierra Nevada and the warm winds blowing over from north Africa create a subtropical microclimate with 320 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures even in winter.

    Sugar cane also grows in abundance (hence the local rum), adding to the Caribbean flavour. A century ago, the sugar industry was such an important part of the economy in the town of Motril that it became known as Little Cuba.

    Starting where the Costa del Sol ends, just east of Nerja, this little stretch of Cuba in the Med runs for about 60 miles (95km) to the border with Almería province. Many of the beaches are backed by cliffs and have coarse sand, tinted grey by the granite of the mountains, which creates superb conditions for scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking. But within an hour, you can be wallowing in the sensual splendour of the Alhambra palace in Granada.

    Stay in Salobreña, a pretty hilltop town with a long beach, where the castle was the summer residence of the Nasrid rulers of the Kingdom of Granada. Or base yourself in Almuñécar, where a Roman fish-salting factory is now part of the lush El Majuelo botanic garden....."

    The protection of the Sierra Nevada and the warm winds from north Africa create a subtropical microclimate Credit: GETTY


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