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.