Torremolinos is well-known for its energetic nightlife. The area of La Nogalera is at the heart of the action, with British pubs and parties aplenty. The LGBT scene is thriving in Torremolinos and you'll find plenty of places to dance until dawn. For the ultimate party experience, spend a night at Palladium, which opens at 3am and closes at 9am. Expect a swimming pool, three floors of dance music and an electrifying light display. In the summer months it has the best live and cabaret acts around.
If you want more of a Spanish flavour, head to the heart of town for tapas bars and flamenco dancing. Families will love the quieter venue of The Chamber of Secrets, which hosts a dinner show with magicians and singers.
When you're feeling all beached and partied out, there are lots of other things to see and do. In 20 minutes you can be in Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso. The museums and churches here will delight the historian in you, as will the old harbour.
The House of Navajas in El Bajondillo is a stately mansion which is registered as a site of historical interest and is well worth a look around. While in El Bajondillo you can also check out the monument to the beach – one of the many works of art found in Torremolinos' streets, squares and gardens.
For some wet and wild fun, the Aqualand waterpark and the Crocodile Park next door both make for a great day out with the family. Aqualand is the largest water park on the Costa del Sol – the rides include Twister and Black Hole, but there are plenty of relaxing options such as Niagara Lake if you're not looking for an adrenaline rush. The Crocodile Park is home to around 300 reptiles. Here you can gaze in awe of the biggest croc, Big Daddy, who measures over four metres, before holding a baby!
If it's some nature you're after, take a trip to Parque Batteria where the stunning landscape has to be seen to be believed. It's slightly off the main track but it offers fantastic views overlooking the coastline by the Carahuela end of Torremolinos. The wide open spaces are great places to relax and enjoy a picnic in the sunshine, or take a trip in a rowing boat.
Molina del Inca botanical garden is another luscious green space in Torremolinos that lies next to a series of water springs. It's right next to a restored flour mill that dates back to the 15th century. Many All Inclusive Costa del Sol hotels and resorts are able to point you in the right direction if you get a bit lost, so be sure to ask your guide how to get around the area.
Working up an appetite
It's likely that you'll be feeling hungry after a long day beneath the Spanish sun, so it's a good job the food in Torremolinos is first-class. You'll find all manner of international cuisine here so there's sure to be something to suit everyone's tastes. If you feel like fine dining, the two Michelin Star venues in Torremolinos are La Luna Blanca and Restaurante Juan.
If you're after a more relaxed dining experience on your Costa del Sol vacation, let Spanish cuisine set your tastebuds alight by heading to the centre of town by San Miguel. Spanish restaurants and tapas bars are abundant here and all serve only the freshest of authentic fare. There are also pizzerias and British pubs should you fancy a little taste of home.