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—  Municipality  —


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Location of Motril
Motril is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°44′N 3°31′W / 36.733°N 3.517°W / 36.733; -3.517Coordinates: 36°44′N 3°31′W / 36.733°N 3.517°W / 36.733; -3.517
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Granada
Comarca Costa Tropical
Judicial district Motril
Commonwealth Costa Tropical de Granada
 - Alcalde Carlos Rojas García (2007) (PP)
 - Total 109.77 km2 (42.4 sq mi)
Elevation 45 m (148 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 59,163
 Density 539/km2 (1,395.9/sq mi)
 - Demonym Motrileño, -ña
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18600 - 18613
Official language(s)
Website Official website

Motril is a town and municipality on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Granada, Spain.

Motril is the second largest town in the province, with a population of 59,163 as of 2008. The town is located near the Guadalfeo River

King Baudouin I of Belgium (anglicized version) died during a visit in the Villa Astrida of heart failure in 1993.



Probably the most important sector of the economy in Motril and its region is the agriculture. There are a lots of greenhouses in Motril, and in the near towns, like Carchuna. The most important crops are: beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. Motril has an almost tropical climate. Due this, there are also a lot of crops imported from South America, like Mango and Avocado.

Historically, sugarcane was also an important crop in Motril, but in 2006 the large tradition, after hundreds of years of history, has been discontinued.


There are many different beachs in Motril, including a nudist beach. Is famous the beach called "Playa Granada", and the beaches of the near towns of Torrenueva, Carchuna, and Calahonda. The time is usually good in Motril, so the beach is always full of people, specially in summer, when people from the hinterlands travels to the coast. Actually, the most important problem of the beachs in Motril are the Jellyfish.


The most popular plate from Motril are "Migas" (Crumbs), who are similars to couscous Arabic, made of bread or flour. Fish is also very popular in Motril, due the town has an important Fisheries. The most popular fish are Anchovy (in Motril there is are special anchovies named "boquerón"), Sardine and Shrimp. The most famous drink, exclusive of the area, is a kind of rum.

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