Motril is a town and municipality
A municipality is essentially an urban administrative division having corporate status and usually powers of self-government. It can also be used to mean the governing body of a municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district...

 on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Granada
Granada (province)
Granada is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the provinces of Albacete, Murcia, Almería, Jaén, Córdoba, Málaga, and the Mediterranean Sea . Its capital city is also called Granada.The province covers an area of 12,635 km²...

, Spain
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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
Guadalfeo River
The Rio Guadalfeo is a small river in the province of Granada, Spain between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the coastal ranges of Sierra de la Contraviesa and Lújar....


King Baudouin I of Belgium 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 many greenhouses in Motril, and in the nearby towns, like Carchuna. The most important crops are: bean
Bean is a common name for large plant seeds of several genera of the family Fabaceae used for human food or animal feed....

s, cucumber
The cucumber is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squash, and in the same genus as the muskmelon. The plant is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. There are three main varieties of cucumber: "slicing", "pickling", and...

s, tomato
The word "tomato" may refer to the plant or the edible, typically red, fruit which it bears. Originating in South America, the tomato was spread around the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas, and its many varieties are now widely grown, often in greenhouses in cooler...

es and pepper
Capsicum is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Its species are native to the Americas where they have been cultivated for thousands of years, but they are now also cultivated worldwide, used as spices, vegetables, and medicines - and have become are a key element in...

s. Motril has an almost tropical climate. Due to this, there are also a lot of crops imported from South America, like mango
The mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to India from where it spread all over the world. It is also the most cultivated fruit of the tropical world. While...

 and avocado
The avocado is a tree native to Central Mexico, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel...


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


There are many different beachs in Motril, including a nudist beach. The most famous beach is "Playa Granada". There are also beaches at the nearby towns of Torrenueva, Carchuna, and Calahonda. The weather is usually good in Motril, so the beaches are always full of people, especially in summer, when people from the interior regions travel to the coast. Currently, the most serious problem for the beaches in Motril is the jellyfish.


The most popular dish from Motril is migas (crumbs), which is similar to Arabic couscous
Couscous is a Berber dish of semolina traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. Couscous is a staple food throughout Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.-Etymology:...

, made of bread or flour. Fish is also very popular in Motril, due the town's important fisheries. The most popular fish are anchovy
Anchovies are a family of small, common salt-water forage fish. There are 144 species in 17 genera, found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Anchovies are usually classified as an oily fish.-Description:...

 (in Motril there is are special anchovies named boquerón), sardine
Sardines, or pilchards, are several types of small, oily fish related to herrings, family Clupeidae. Sardines are named after the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which they were once abundant....

 and shrimp
Shrimp are swimming, decapod crustaceans classified in the infraorder Caridea, found widely around the world in both fresh and salt water. Adult shrimp are filter feeding benthic animals living close to the bottom. They can live in schools and can swim rapidly backwards. Shrimp are an important...

. The most famous drink, exclusive to the area, is ron palido which is a locally produced rum
Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, by a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels...


Time capsule

On July 22, 2008, a second time capsule
Time capsule
A time capsule is an historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists, or historians...

 in Spain was buried as part of an official event. This burial was organized to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the cantonal movement in Motril which began on July 22, 1873 and ended on 25 March. The president of the canton was Ruperto Vidaurreta de la Camara. This time capsule will be opened on July 22, 2023 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this event. It is located at coordinates: +36° 45' 2.75", -3° 30' 44.15"

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