Costa Tropical Air Show

Motril Air Show is one of the four Spanish Air Shows celebrated anually. The Costa Tropical has it´s own Air Show on the first day of Summer. This year it is the 13th Edition of the Festival Aereo Internacional de Motril.

The centre of the action is at on Playa Poniente Motril at Sumo. This chill out beach chiringuito is on the main road just past Playa Granada.

In 2018 the festival is Sunday 17th June 

The display starts at 11.30am. I like to get there early to park easily. Last year I arrived at 10.30am to the large car park behind Sumo and just managed to get one of the last parking spots left.

Helicopter Costa Tropical

International pilots

To entertain the crowds before the show this Guardia Civil Helicopter was there one year. You could go and see it inside and get your photo taken too.

The show opened with the local Tropicopter Helicopter flying the Spanish flag over the crowds to welcome the spectators.

Acrobatics by French team Cartouche Doré followed.

Motril Air Show Costa TropicalThis festival is an international one and has pilots from different countries. Last time there were French, Turkish and Spanish pilots made up the display. The commentary on the beach was mainly in Spanish but two parts were done in French and English.

Costa Tropical Air Show Motril 2015

The most impressive and noisy plane by far was the F-16 C Block-40 aircraft display by SoloTurk.

I´m not even going to try to describe this.

Check out the video below:

The Sea Rescue Helicopter from Almeria performed a rescue in the sea just off the shore, winching up a man from the sea into the low flying helicopter.

Finally to close the International Air show the Patrulla Aguila (“Eagle Patrol”) the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force, impressed the crowds with their formations. Closing the display with this colourful fly past, the Spanish flag trailing in coloured smoke along the coastline.

Motril Air Show Costa Tropical

The show lasted around 3 hours and made a great day at the beach.

For more photos see the official website:  Motril Air Show – Photos

The 2018 show will include:

Spanish Air Force

  • Eurofighter Typhoon
  • Patrulla Aspa
  • Canadian 415T

Motril Air Show Costa Tropical

International participants

  • Melanie Astles – French Air Races champion
  • JAS-39 Gripen – Hungarian Air Force


  • Spanish Civil Guard
  • Tropicopter

Tips to see Motril Air show

    • How to get there: Drive to Playa Granada, Motril. Follow signs to Playa Poniente, Motril. Park at Sumo.
    • Get there early: Arrive around 10am. Park up and head off for a coffee or a swim.
    • Facilities: Beach toilets and showers are open on the beach nearby (Small wooden hut)
    • Take hat, sun cream and your camera!
    • Signed posters were available from Sumo from the different pilots.
    • Small children may need to cover their ears with very powerful engines such as F16


Motril Air Show