La Herradura, at the westernmost tip of The Costa Tropical, and named by the Christians after its distinctive horseshoe shape, shares a similar history to its closest neighbour, Almuñécar. However, in October 1562 La Herradura witnessed a disastrous event.

25 ships of the Spanish Navy heading eastwards from Málaga, were caught in a strong storm. After battling with the elements and being forced to row against the mighty easterly squalls, they finally made shelter in the lee of the Punta de la Mona. Somewhat unexpectedly the wind changed direction to the south, thus driving the galleons in to each other and on to the rocks. From the original 25 vessels, only three survived.

Originally an agricultural and fishing village and despite its colourful history, the economy of La Herradura is now concentrated almost entirely on tourism and recent years have seen an increase in the development of the local infrastructure. Flanked on either side by the hills of Punta de la Mona and Cerro Gordo, the picturesque horseshoe shaped bay has wonderful facilities for nautical sports such as wind surfing, sub-aqua and snorkelling.

Water sports enthusiasts are not the only ones catered for in La Herradura, visitors can also enjoy horse riding, hang gliding, and bird watching, to name but a few.

La Herradura enjoys a truly international feel with numerous hotels, chalets and apartments having been constructed to cope with the increasing number of visitors. There are also two campsites located on the edge of the town. An evening spent in one of the many bars, which offer both local and international cuisine, is the perfect way to relax after a busy day sightseeing this beautiful area.