Originally an impoverished fishing village, Torremolinos – at the time still nominally a suburb of Málaga – was the first of the Costa del Sol resorts to capitalise on the growth in tourism beginning in the late 1950s. In the following years, new hotels, nightclubs and other tourist establishments transformed the town and its beaches.
Torremolinos is one of the most popular and best value-for-money tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol. It offers all the key facilities of a major tourist centre: numerous hotels (of varying categories) and hundreds of restaurants and bars, serving fresh fish, seafood and a wealth of different cuisine from all over the world – in a beautiful Mediterranean setting. An ample choice of excellent tapas bars serves such local specialities as boquerones (anchovies), gazpacho, cured hams and home-made paté.
Having long outgrown its fish and chips, bucket-and-spade image, Torremolinos has evolved into one of the Costa del Sol’s largest and most cosmopolitan resort towns. It may not have the elegance of Marbella and Puerto Banús, but it does offer a wealth of amenities and attractions that are within most people’s budgets. The main town of Torremolinos is bustling with activity and, for retail therapy, there are hundreds of outlets to buy souvenirs, sports goods, shoes and clothing.
The Cuesta del Tajo, at the end of San Miguel, leads down a steep flight of steps through the old fishing district of El Bajondillo, a picturesque area lined with restaurants and kiosks selling souvenirs. The beach is long and sandy, and the promenade is clean and stylish. Water sports facilities available on all of the main beaches include paragliding, skiing, pedalos and scuba diving.
Away from the beach, Torremolinos is also famous for its beautiful parks and gardens, and the town is surrounded by wooded areas with natural springs and barbecue facilities. Aqualand, the largest water park on the Costa del Sol, is located a leisurely 10-minute walk from the town centre, and close by is the Crocodile Park, where experts arrange guided tours and present live demonstrations. Benalmádena Port is a short walk along the promenade from Torremolinos’ renowned La Carihuela area.
Torremolinos is also recognised as a gay-friendly resort. Popularly known as the “Gay Capital of the Costa del Sol”, it has evolved into one of the Coast’s main party towns, with the bars, clubs and restaurants in La Nogalera, close to the town centre, attracting gay revellers – particularly at weekends, when the clubs open until later than normal.
Torremolinos is immediately to the west of Málaga capital city and the closest major tourist resort to Málaga international airport.
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