La Herradura at the Costa Tropical

a former fishing village in Andalusia

The former fishing village has about 4000 habitants and is located directly at the tropical coast, which forms the extension of the costa del sol to the province Granada.

The name – La Herradura – actually means horseshoe. The reason for the name is the bay at which La Herradura is located. The bay looks like a horseshoe and is bordered in the west from the mountain crown “cerro gordo” and in the east from the tongue of land “punta de la mona”.

The commune La Herradura belongs politically to the town Almuñécar  which is located right behind the Punta de la Mona.

Bay of La Herradurain the town centre

Shopping facilities

In La Herradura are good shopping facilities. A market hall (Mercado Municipal) in which you will find every day fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish (except Mondays) and pastries. There are also little supermarkets. The market hall is open until 2pm and the little supermarkets take a “siesta” between 2pm and 5pm.

market hallmarket hall

To bulk buy we recommend a trip to Almuñécar where you can find next to several local supermarkets also a “German” one. These Supermarkets are open constantly.

Restaurants and Bars

At La Herradura’s boardwalk you can find numerous Restaurants and Bars for every kind of taste. Beginning with good Fish-Restaurants to Pizzerias and very good Tapas-Bars you can fully enjoy the south Spanish kitchen. You can find our recommendations in the information dossier which is provided to every apartment.

Tapas-Bar in La Herradura Chiringuito La Gaviota
Tapas-Bar The Chiringuito „La Gaviota“ always offers fresh fish

Climate Costa Tropical

Through the protection of the northerly bordering Sierra Nevada, the region is provided with a microclimate in which thrive and prosper fruits like Mangos, Bananas, Papayas, Olives, Almonds, Citric trees, Avocados, Cherimoyas and many more.

Winters are mild and temperatures drop rarely under 15C. Summers are warm and dry but not too hot.

avg. max Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
day temp. C° 16 17 19 21 24 28 30 30 28 24 20 16
night temp. in C° 6 7 9 12 15 19 22 22 18 14 9 7
water temp. in C° 14 14 15 15 17 19 20 22 21 20 17 15
sun hours / day 6 6 6 8 10 11 12 11 9 7 6 6
rain days / month 7 7 8 7 6 4 2 1 4 6 8 7

History of La Herradura

In October 1562 La Herradura witnessed the natural devastation of almost an entire squadron of the Spanish Navy. 25 ships, heading eastwards from Málaga, were caught in a strong storm. Forced to row against the powerful easterly squalls, they finally made shelter in the lee of the Punta de la Mona. When suddenly the wind unexpectedly changed to the south, the galleons were driven to each other and on the rocks. Of the 25 vessels, only three survived.

The bay of Jate became known to the Christians as the bay of La Herradura, due to its distinctive shape (herradura means horseshoe), and the new urban community that replaced the original village was established further to the east, taking on the same name. Much the same as Almuñécar, the departure of the Moors and their trade meant a gradual decline in fortune over the years until the latter part of last century when the advent of tourism brought another type of foreign wealth.

Geschichte La HerradurasKirche La Herraduras