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.

Top things to do in Torremolinos

Fun attractions

Aqualand is a real draw for families and friends 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. Head to the Boomerang if you’re daring enough to face the 12m high half pipe, or race everyone on the Multipistas, or for those really seeking out adrenaline, the Kamikaze is the tallest ride in Europe and will have you breathless.

If you like a bit of adrenaline but without getting wet, Crocodile Park should be on your itinerary. Here you can see and learn all about the incredible crocodile species and even come face to face with them in a guided tour.

Torremolinos shopping

Another one of the best things to do in Torremolinos is definitely the shopping. Leading all the way from the beach to the town centre, Calle San Miguel is Torremolinos’ central street, and the place to be for shopping.

You can pick up Spanish leather goods and pottery, plus there are plenty of knick-knacks for the kids to spend their pocket money on too. Elevated above the beach, you can either tackle the 178 steps or cheat and take the lift – save your energy for the shops!

For bargains galore, head to the general market on Thursdays for food and clothes, and browse the antique and craft market on a Sunday, both situated at the feria ground.

Authentic nightlife

In contrast to surrounding towns, when night falls in Torremolinos it’s mainly about tapas and authentic venues. You’re more than likely to stumble upon a flamenco show or acoustic guitarist playing in the corner. But to guarantee some Andalusian entertainment, head to El Ranchito for an equestrian show, flamenco show and a typical Andalusian dinner in the beautiful old ranch. Held every Wednesday, you’ll be wowed by the skill of the equestrian ballet and Spanish dressage.

There are a few lively places to head out in Torremolinos like Palladium club, with its own pool, and Nuevo & Sur Beach Club, which holds regular DJ nights. And for later nights, simply stroll across to the bars and clubs of Benalmadena marina.

Things to do for free in Torremolinos

Laze on the beaches

Torremolinos’ beaches are certainly a main attraction with holidays here. With four brilliant beaches across eight kilometres of sand, it’s understandable.

The first beach you come across from the old town is Playa El Bajondillo. It’s the one you meet as you descend the staircase at the end of Calle San Miguel that looks out over the sea. The kilometre-long, palm tree lined beach is a perfect pitstop between shopping and somewhere to amuse the kids while in town.

Head west past the rocky promontory, Punta de Torremolinos, to Torremolinos’ main beach, Blue Flag Playa La Carihuela. The dark sand here is two kilometres long, joining onto neighbouring Benalmadena’s marina at its far end. As well as lifeguards, showers, water equipment and kids’ play areas, there are beach bars along the promenade, which is also a scenic spot for walking or cycling.

In the other direction, watersports-heavy Playamar Beach is edged with grass, where you can find a shady spot. It joins onto Playa Los Alamos – more secluded by day, its beach bars are some of the most popular and lively come evening, due to their proximity to Malaga.

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 – and the best thing is, it will cost you nothing.

In the nearby Malaga, you can visit the Alcazaba, a fortified palace that spans over 15,000 square metres – once believed to have been even bigger. You can join guided tours or have your own private tour where you can learn all about it and why it’s so emblematic here. It’s truly an insight into history for it was built in the Middle Ages by the Muslims when they occupied the Iberian Peninsula – see, you’re learning new things already!

Indulge your green side

Another great thing to do in Torremolinos is visit The Molino de Inca Botanical Gardens. Here offers a feast for all the senses and offers a zen side to Torremolinos.

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 just 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. It’s a paradise for nature lovers and over 15,500 square metres of tranquil spots to enjoy peace and quiet.