Torremolinos is a popular holiday resort situated 12 kilometres from Malaga and 5 km from Malaga airport-Costa del Sol. This once quiet fishing village emerged under a watchtower and some mills (hence the name Torre Molinos, Tower Mills) today is a large coastal city devoted entirely to sun and beach tourism.
Torremolinos´ infrastructure includes as well a new Congress and Exhibition centre, only 10 minutes from Málaga Airport, which due to modern and vanguardian installations, is the first on the Costa del Sol.
The Romeria de San Miguel open-air festival, at the end of September, is considered to be one of the best in Andalucia.
In fact, started the tourist boom in Torremolinos and although at first it seemed scandalous for quite a few locals to see Brigitte Bardot in a bikini on the beaches of the village, it eventually helped that this town has a particularly open and liberal mentality that has remained until today.
Torremolinos has more than 6 km of beaches on its coast and is the second Spanish town with a larger number of beds in hotels and the main tourist destination in Andalusia.
Curiously, it is a very homogeneous holiday destination which attracts to both families and youth. Torremolinos is also very popular among senior tourists to spend the winter months there and has a large gay scene.
Despite the huge urban development, Torremolinos has preserved the Mediterranean atmosphere in the streets of its most traditional neighbourhoods of El Calvario, El Bajondillo and La Carihuela; the fishermen’s districts where you should definitely sample the typical fried fish (pescaito frito) whose denomination of origin was created in La Carihuela in 1960.
If you are looking for a bustling beach resort with excellent infrastructure and and extensive leisure offer and very animated night-life, Torremolinos is your place of choice.
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With a shoreline of nearly seven kilometres, Torremolinos is situated in the heart of The Costa del Sol.
Due to its ideal location between the bay of Malaga and the foothills of Mijas mountain range,Torremolinos enjoys a privileged site that gives it an ideal mild climate all year.
Torremolinos can offer its visitors, almost twelve months of the year, the opportunity to dive into the crystal clear and warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The beaches of Torremolinos have the best facilities available, and as an important attraction, year after year, they strive to present more and better services that guarantee the cleanliness of its fine sand and calm waters, better security and medical assistance and more comfort, making them ideal for sun and relaxation.
All the continuous effort involved in the maintenance of these marvellous beaches is acknowledgedby the European Community year after year, in the symbol of the “Blue Flag” distinction.
There are natural springs, fountains and a large recreational area for the practise of diverse outdoor sports, three main hiking routes and additional signposted secondary routes, with an itinerary average of 6 Km. and a difficulty level of medium/low.
In addiction, the Nature complex “Cañada del Lobo” located in the sierra consists of a nature hall with autochthonous and educational material, a refuge, a shelter and an observation tower.
Surrounded by the natural screening effect of the Sierra this area is well provided with pine, carob and holm oak trees.
All this combined makes it possible to experience an enjoyable day communing with nature taking – in the incredible views from the heights of Sierra.
In Torremolinos there are half a dozen beaches and stops, but its a drab, soulless landscape of kitchenette apartments and half-finished developments.
The local council have been trying to give the resort a facelift, the main feature of which has been the construction of a new seafront promenade and the renovation of the old town, the narrow alleyways of which are not without charm.
Is definitely different, this place lined with sweeping beaches and infinite shopping arcades, crammed with Irish pubs and real-estate agents, has a large permanent expatriate population of British, Germans and Scandinavians.
Its a weird mix, which, in additions to thousands of retire people, has attracted – due to a previous lack of extradition arrangements between Britain and Spain – an extraordinary concentration of British crooks and more recently Russian mafia bosses.
Torremolinos’s social scene is strange, too, including, among the middle-of-the-road family discos a thriving pram-pushing, gay transvertite scene.