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Motril Spain Cruise Port Guide


Motril has three berths which can accommodate ships up to 300 and 200 meters, respectively, with drafts of 10.5 and 7.6 meters. Anchorages are also available and tendering is permitted.

There is no cruise terminal in Motril yet, although one is being considered.

The downtown area of Motril is 2 kilometers away and the port offers complimentary shuttle service.

Granada City 64 Km; Malaga City 96 Km

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Motril is a port city. It has a bustling marina filled with fishing boats and pleasure crafts. The city is located in the province of Granada on Spain’s famous “Costa Tropical”. With the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains at its back, Motril looks out over the blue Mediterranean Sea. The surrounding countryside is renowned for supplying Spanish and European markets with a wide variety of delicious fruit. In fact, agriculture and tourism are vital to the local and regional economy. Combine this beautiful setting with glorious weather and it is no wonder tourists and vacationers have turned the city and region into a popular playground.

Motril features many cultural attractions. For example, the historic quarter is a typical example of Arab-Spanish urban development. Visit the church of La Encarnación, erected in the 16th century on top of an old high mosque, and view the Baroque architecture of the building that now houses the City Hall.

There are many different beaches in Motril, including a nudist beach. The most famous beach is "Playa Granada".

In addition is the caviar fish farm in Riofrio – raising Adriatic sturgeons, which otherwise are almost extinct – and claiming to produce the only ecological caviar in the world and also one of the best. Riofrio accepts visits to its facilities based on groups with a minimum of 20 passengers and at a cost of 60 euro each. The visits include a guided tour plus tastings of two different types of caviar – 10 grams each. Visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

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Nearby Places:

Attractions include the city of Granada and the Alhambra Palace, which are only 45 minutes away, following an ancient Arab path that today is a modern highway.

In Granada there is a great value City Tour hop on hop off bus train.
Adults pay 8 Euros for a one day ticket and 12 Euros for two days.  Seniors get a 50% discount.  Children under 8 travel free.
In day time the Green Route round trip takes 90 minutes. At night there is shorter Red Route.


Within a short distance are villages known for their gastronomical traditions and rich wine cellars, as well as beaches. Motril itself is warm and sunny, promising an average temperature above 20 degrees Celsius more than 300 days out of the year, allowing the growing of tropical fruits. The area also has a history of sugar production when Arab traders first brought what was then called the "sweet gold" from the Far East.

From Motril it is only a short taxi ride (5 miles) to the little coastal town of Salobreña. The town is built on a steep hill and there are fantastic views from the top.

It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.

Shopping and Food

Motril is the capital of the Costa Tropical, therefore having a wide variety of shops that offer everything necessary to the area, with all kind of little shops that surprise for their variety and quality. Given the absence of shopping malls, all the commercial area is within the historic center of Motril, where traffic is restricted and people usually do their daily shopping, go for a walk and have a coffee, tapas or simply enjoy the place.


The euro

The euro is divided into 100 cents.
• There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and 1 and 2 Euro.
• There are seven different bank notes, for the following amounts: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro.

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Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.

Emergency number: Dial 112 free of charge (valid throughout Spain). Service is given in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shopping times are from 10:00 to 14:00, and from 17:00 to 20:30.

In Granada The Alcaicería (open the whole day) the shopping bazaar caters primarily to tourists. The narrow streets are lined with stalls offering everything a tourist might want, whether they realize it or not. The name of the market translates as “The house of Caesar”. As the story goes, the original Alcaicería which operated on this site was the place where Inscrita en el Registro Mercantil de Granada Tomo 1325 Libro 0 Folio 115 Hoja GR-35413 Byzantine Emperor Justinian (ruled 527– 565 AD) permitted North African merchants to sell silk. The market visitors see today was built in the mid-1800s following a devastating fire. As a reminder, secure your valuables. The streets are narrow and can become crowded with tourists. As indicated above this is one of Granada’s places where it could be sometimes found skilled pickpockets

The following are the national public holidays:

• 1 January, New Year's Day.

• 6 January, the Epiphany.

• Good Friday.

• 1 May, Workers' Day.

• 15 August, the Assumption.

• 12 October, Feast of El Pilar.

• 1 November, All Saints.

• 6 December, Constitution Day.

• 8 December, the Immaculate Conception.

• 25 December, Christmas Day.

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