Throughout all of its years of welcoming tourists, it’s held onto its Spanish roots, which can be seen in the old town centre and many beautiful parks and building around Torremolinos.
Things to do here range from being entertained Andalusian style, to discovering the beach for you, and heading to some of the area’s biggest attractions. We help you out with a few of our favourite places to visit during your Torremolinos holiday.
A choice of beaches
You’re not alone if Torremolinos’ beaches were your main reason for booking a holiday here. With four brilliant beaches across eight kilometres of sand, we can’t blame you.
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.
Beautiful open spaces
The largest green space in Torremolinos, Parque La Bateria is the place where locals get active by cycling or jogging. Your kids will be able to do the same on the large play area, or you could just take a stroll around the huge lake and soak in the hilltop views across Torremolinos.
For an even better vantage point, scale the spiral staircase of the 15-metre tower, leftover from the area’s time as a battery of artillery.
Another pretty park is Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca. Named after the 15th-century flour mill at its centre, you can explore the building, which is now an interactive museum. The gardens themselves have ponds full of fish surrounded by greenery and a small Japanese garden traversed by streams and waterfalls.
You can also get free entry to the garden and grounds of one of Torremolinos’ most iconic buildings, Casa de los Navajas. Look out across Bajondillo Beach and the sea from its terrace and take a free tour of the exquisite interior, which is inspired by the grand Alhambra of Granada.
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.
A street-full of shopping
Leading all the way from the beach to the town centre, Calle San Miguel is the Torremolinos’ central street, and the place to shop.
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. Elevated above the beach, you can either tackle the 178 steps or cheat and take the lift.
And 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.
You’re in luck in Torremolinos as it has the longest established and largest waterpark in the whole of Costa del Sol – Aqualand.
The park has big thrill slides like the sheer-drop Kamikaze, which happens to be the biggest in Europe. But with 19 adult slides and 15 for kids, you’re sure to find one to match your bravery level. And mixing it up a bit you can chill out in hot tubs or have a game of mini golf in between taking the plunge.
Get up close to some impressive crocs over at Crocodile Park, including another of Europe’s biggest – known as the Big Daddy croc due to his 600kg weight.
The park is well laid out with signs letting you know all about the 200 crocodiles, or you can take a guided tour to learn more. And there’s a petting area where you can hold scaly baby crocs.
Out and about
Situated between the lively hubs of Malaga and Benalmadena, you’re in a good spot to enjoy lots of fun and interesting daytrips. The birthplace of Picasso, Malaga is only 20 minutes north, where you can take in his works at the Picasso Museum, one of many excellent museums in the city.
Other highlights are the Alcazaba – an 11th-century Moorish palace and fortress, with a Roman amphitheatre next door – and the hilltop Castillo de Gibralfaro where you can gaze over the city.
Even closer is Benalmadena, which you can walk to down the seafront promenade. Or if you’ll be on your feet exploring when you get there, take one of the frequent buses. Many parks also provide shuttle buses direct from your hotel.
For animal lovers, options include Selwo Marina, and the Butterfly Park, as well as The Garden of the Eagles, which can be reached via a spectacular cable car ride up Mount Calamorro. Or head to Tivoli World’s old-time seaside funfair rides for kids and adults, as well as a theatre where Spanish singer Maria Isabel performs.
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