A guide to things to do in Torremolinos

Sun, sea and sand. These are the things that Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol is best known for. This once quiet fishing village has become a firm favourite with sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts, thanks to the fantastic array of activities, hours of sunshine, and beaches to enjoy. Torremolinos also has a lively nightlife scene and a host of family-friendly attractions.

Cool off at a waterpark

Aqualand is a real draw for families that love all things water-based. From calm spa pools through to adrenaline-pumping mega slides and rapids, there’s something for all ages and abilities in order to guarantee a day-trip that won’t be forgotten.

On-site restaurants provide refreshments and there’s even a special area just for small children. Lifeguards are always on duty as well, to give you peace of mind.

Get friendly with the locals

Crocodile Park is a fun-filled day out that will have you testing your courage. From the outside, it looks like something from a film set but step inside the park and 300 crocodiles are waiting to meet you, though they’ll be hiding in their tropical pools to begin with.

Following trails that wind through beautiful greenery, you’ll get to see the crocs spring into action when a handler enters their area, so be sure to set your watch for a live show. Don’t miss the show with Big Daddy, the biggest crocodile in Europe.

Stretch out on the sands

When it comes to beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Torremolinos. One that comes highly recommended is Paraiso Beach. A very friendly beach that welcomes families, it has a host of kiosks and restaurants within easy reach, and some will even bring your refreshments straight to your lounger. Visitors are particularly impressed by the cleanliness of the sands and the ambient music that plays.

Indulge your green side

The Molino de Inca Botanical Gardens are a feast for all the senses and offers a zen taste of what Torremolinos has to offer. It’s not just about beaches, after all.

With a natural spring running through the gardens, and a host of beautiful features, such as ponds and fountains to discover, kids will enjoy a day out here as much as adults. To keep the little ones amused, there is a small maze to navigate and 110 plant species to try and identify.

Take a stroll on the promenade

You can’t visit Torremolinos and not spend some time walking along La Carihuela, the charming promenade that is home to a great variety of restaurants, not to mention some fun shops as well. This is a great place to hunt for amusing souvenirs for family back at home, as well as some bargains for yourself.

Most of the restaurants are open-fronted, allowing you to enjoy tasty fare in the fresh air. Nothing builds up an appetite quite like a walk along the seafront, so strolling the length of the promenade is highly recommended.

Try your hand at 18 holes

Here’s one for the golf enthusiasts. Dating back to 1925, Parador de Malaga is a fantastic seaside golf course that is a firm favourite with first time and return visitors to the region. With reasonable green fees and a mildly challenging course, all abilities are guaranteed a satisfying day out.

The Costa del Sol has become synonymous with great greens, gorgeous scenery and relaxed golfing, so it makes sense to play a round at one of the first courses to be built here. The clubhouse is also rather pleasant for the obligatory ’19th hole’ celebrations.

Appreciate some architecture

Casa de la Navajas is something of a tourist hotspot and for good reason. It’s a stunning Moorish-style building that rises up in front of the crowds and dares them to scale the steps to take a peek inside. Originally built in the early 20th-century, the mansion has been fully renovated and restored which is why it’s now open to the public. Walk around and admire the views of the Mediterranean from the upper floors.