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Torremolinos

Torremolinos © Michelle Chaplow
The sun-kissed land of Torremolinos

Torremolinos Overview

Torremolinos has thankfully long outgrown its Monty Python spam and chips image and, over recent years, has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort noted for its clean sandy beaches, wide choice of hotels and restaurants and unparalleled variety of entertainment, activities and nightlife available.

See below a selection of excellent private party or family excursions from Costa del Sol with or affiliate partner Viator, perfect opportunities to see the major attractions in Andalucia without… More →

Torremolinos is one of the Costa de Sol's most popular seaside resorts, with great cuisine, fabulous beaches and an enviable climate. Whether you're looking for a holiday property for yourself, an… More →

If you're looking for basic, central accommodation in Torremolinos, there is an increasing number of welcoming hostals in the town, especially in Calle del Peligro, which is just a short stroll… More →

Torremolinos: where the Costa del Sol tourism boom really exploded. Just a couple of miles to the west of Malaga airport, and with one of the coast’s better urban beaches, it isn’t hard to see why… More →

If you're looking for no-frills, central accommodation there a number of hostals in Calle del Peligro which is just a short stroll from the Bajondillo beach. Some even have a sea view. In one of… More →

See below a selection of excellent group excursions from Costa del Sol with Viator, perfect opportunities to see the major attractions in Andalucia without the hassle of having to organise it… More →

Some visitors to Torremolinos want to do nothing but kick back, soak up the sun and forget the pressures of everyday life. And who can blame them? But if you're after animal adventures, high-… More →

There are about 100 different watchtowers (Torre Vigia or Torre Atalaya or Torre Almenara) along the coast of Southern Spain. Some are of Moorish origins others from date from the later Christian… More →

Torremolinos is embellished with artistes from all occupations, and some of the most celebrated of them, as well as the eccentric and the notorious, have lived, or stayed, in the town at some… More →

Torremolinos has long had a vibrant gay scene and it has always been one of the most openly gay-friendly towns in Spain. Even during the years of dictatorship, the town flourished as a… More →

In addition to the abundance of hotels, high-rise apartment blocks, hostels and guest houses dotted around Torremolinos, there is also the possibility of camping. Camping Torremolinos consists of… More →

Opened in the 1960´s as a riding school, El Ranchito now hosts the most spectacular Andalucian horse show on the Costa Del Sol. José Gonzalez bought the ranch in 1975, and continued running it as… More →

This conference centre has 17 rooms with a total floor space of 9105 square metres and capacity for 4103 people. The largest room has a floor space of 1280 square metres and a capacity of 900… More →

Torremolinos has a huge selection of dining options, from takeaways and fast food to fine dining in exclusive locations. Restaurants in Torremolinos vary in quality, however there is a good amount… More →

The park counts over 300 crocs among its inhabitants, including the massive Gran Paco (known as Big Daddy in English), the biggest crocodile in Europe, measuring five metres and weighing over… More →

Numerous water rides and slides catering to all tastes, from the adrenaline junie to the gentle wallower in need of relaxation. Take your pick from the new rollercoaster-like boomerang, the… More →

The Estacion de Autobus (bus station (95 238 24 19) in Torremolinos is not a bus station but a bus lay- by on Calle Hoyo 8 oposite the Hospital de Dia and near the junction with Plaza de las… More →

La Carihuela Tourist Office. The Carihuela , Torremolinos Tourist Office is located on the Paseo Marítimo de La Carihuela (under Hotel Amaragua) just to the west of Plaza del Remo. Paseo Marítimo… More →

There are six main beaches in Torremolinos: Los Alamos, Playamar, Bajondillo, La Carihuela, Montemar and El Saltillo. The 7 km main promenade has recently undergone improvements with additional… More →

Torremolinos has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the liveliest resort towns on the Costa del Sol.  Torremolinos has always been popular for its glamourous nightlife and bohemian care-free… More →

Like all the towns in Andalucia Torremolinos celebrates numerous traditional festivals. Here are some of the more important. See our festival page for more background information on these… More →

Torremolinos history is up to 1950 is similar to that of many coastal towns of Andalucia. In the 1950's it became the ‘in place' and in the 1960's experienced ultra growth due to the tourism boom… More →

The Marina is located in the centre of the seafront promenade that leads eastward all the way to Torremolinos and westwards all along the front of Benalmadena. The marina is a very pleasant place… More →

In the centre of this bustling tourist town is one of the longest standing gyms on the coast. It has been open for 35 years, but has been refurbished a few times along the way! It has a free… More →

Torremolinos has a good selection of shops and shopping facilities, with everything from clothing to authentic Spanish leather products. The Calle San Miguel is pedestrianised and has an abundance… More →

Torremolinos train station (952 360 202) is located just off Calle San Miguel underground the Plaza de la Nogalera. Half-hourly trains (known as cercanías) run east to Málaga (approx. 30 mns),… More →

If you are considering visiting Torremolinos you may find our maps a useful tool, we provide three maps, one of the region of Andalucia with Torremolinos highlighted. The second handcrafted map… More →

Torremolinos has long been known for its selection of fashionable bars and eateries. Some of the first cafés and bars designed to cater for visiting tourists opened here. See Torremolinos History… More →

Opened in 2014 the Miguel Angel Jimenez golf academy has a Par 3 course. There are also several golf clubs within close vicinity of Torremolinos, including the first golf courses to be built on… More →

The prodigious building efforts that have turned Torremolinos into a highly urbanised area are also offset by the recent emergence of numerous small public gardens. More than one thousand species… More →

Torremolinos is located 7km west of Málaga airport and was the first Costa del Sol resort to be developed back in the early sixties when it was little more than a sleepy village, still today the town reflects its heritage with several of the original fresh fish bars located right in the shopping centre, incongruously flanked by exclusive boutiques and gift shops. In general, however, the wave of tourists who descended on the town in the fifties and sixties changed the face of Torremolinos for ever.

 

Over the years, Torremolinos has evolved as an attractive and appealing resort, noted for its clean sandy beaches, wide choice of hotels and restaurants and unparalleled variety of entertainment, activities and nightlife available. At the height of summer, the resort has a great appeal for the younger set, with a reputation for its hectic nightlife. Out of season, however, it takes on a different character. Now practically a suburb of Málaga, the atmosphere is much more Spanish, especially at weekends, with an air of friendliness and welcome.

Packed with tantalising shops, thronging with people of every nationality and located right at the heart of the town is the pedestrian only Calle San Miguel, the main artery of the town. This smartly paved pedestrianised street is lined with boutiques and shops with a great variety of goods on offer, attracting a constant flow of people. The Cuesta del Tajo, at the end of San Miguel, leads down a steep flight of steps through the old fishing district of El Bajondillo. This is a popular, picturesque area lined with restaurants and market-style kiosks, selling souvenirs. Down at the bottom is the beach of El Bajondillo.

The beach area shows another side of Torremolinos. With massive hotels, apartment blocks, bars and restaurants, this area is packed during the summer. To the left, the Playa de Bajondillo gives way to the beaches of Playamar and Los Alamos. To the right, beyond the Castillo de Santa Clara, lie the beach areas of La Carihuela and Montemar.

The beach awaits in Torremolinos. © Sophie Carefull
The beach awaits in Torremolinos.

The seafront promenade, Paseo Maritimo, extends east to Playamar and west to La Carihuela, continuing as far as Benalmádena Marina and beyond. The walk to La Carihuela offers pleasant sea views and some dramatic rock formations, before entering the old fishing village of La Carihuela which is a delightful area of picturesque simple houses and bougainvillea clad patios where old men play dominoes and drink anis. Many of the original cottages still exist and not all have been turned into bars or shops. Some have stood still in time. Wander around the area early one morning before the tourists wake up and see a different world. This is the area also known for its excellent seafood restaurants and chiringuitos (beach bars).

The area of El Calvario is less known to the average tourist. Located to the north of the main road which cuts through Torremolinos, it offers a quieter area of small streets of bars, with an appeal to those who prefer to be away from the bustle of the centre.

While some may feel that Torremolinos has an abundance of concrete highrises, this is offset by the recent emergence of numerous public gardens. More than one thousand species of trees have been planted in the town, ranging from the exotic magnolia and banana tree to vibrantly colourful beds of roses and azaleas. On the outskirts of town, there are three forests with freshwater springs and barbecue facilities and highly recommended for those seeking a little reprieve from the bucket and spade scenario on the coast. At the same time, if it's family fun you want, Torremolinos is hard to beat with seasonal seasports including windsurfing, paragliding, water skiing and pedal boats. Consult our Torremolinos See & Do page.

If this sounds all just too energetic however, then of course there is the sunlounger alternative or plenty of places where you can while away the hours sitting in picturesque surroundings, sipping a glass of sangria and simply watching the world go by.

Beautiful bougainvillea in Torremolinos. © Sophie Carefull
Beautiful bougainvillea in Torremolinos.

Getting Around

For more information on Torremolinos and in order to find out more about where attractions are situated please visit our tourist office page. More >.

If perhaps you need a more personal hand finding things then you may want to try a Viator guided tour on our excursions page, which always prove to be enjoyable. Buses in Torremolinos run quite regularly to places along the coast such as Fuengirola and Marbella all the way to Estepona and Algeciras.

Hire a car is best way to get around! Travel with ease and enjoy the beautiful views! Consult our general Car Hire page for the best deals within Andalucia.

 

 

Next Places

 

 

The next places to the east of Torremolinos is Malaga and to the west we have Benalmadena and Mijas.

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