Torremolinos attractions are more than we imagine – included a huge sports center
TORREMOLINOS, SPAIN: This is one of the most popular seaside resorts on sunny Costa del Sol, with great cuisine, fabulous beaches and a lucky climate. Whether you’re looking for a holiday property for yourself, an investment, or simply looking to move out to sunny Andalucía. Near the airport and plenty of beaches, this is a location to check out. Shopping is part of a holiday and I found Sunday Market near me in Torremolinos.
Things to do in Torremolinos
“What to do in Torremolinos”, is a regular question, asked by first time visitors to this seaside town. Testing locals, you are most likely to get something like this; Shopping, markets, nightlife, beaches and El Calvario and Montemar.
Montemar is located in the upper part of the city, å residential area with a train stop in Montemar Alto. Don´t miss La Bateria Park, just 5 minutes from the train stop.
El Calvario in the upper part, west of the centre, is a popular neighbourhood. Most of the locals are living here. On Thursdays a popular market is held in this area with shops and bars.
Beaches and Climate
Visitors head to Torremolinos to enjoy a sub-tropical climate, with hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea make the summer heat manageable; temperatures average 32 ºC during the summer.
Six beaches with golden sand and facilities makes the a real place for life on beach and water sports. The 7km promenade is perfect for a stroll taking you through the charming fishing village of La Carihuela. Of course, there are beach bars where you can enjoy fried fish and other typical dishes of the local gastronomy.
The local food
This is the home of all the seafood, fried fish and a flavor of its own. Taste the unbeatable sardines cooked over an open fire, rice and paella, refreshing gazpacho, and popular stews. Dishes that you can sample in the classic beach restaurants or typical, long-established bars of Calvario with a good Malaga wine.
For a lunch with beach view, try El Gato Lounge, and get a table with light breeze of the sea. The food is inspired by Spanish traditions. Address: Paseo Maritimo 1. Innovation is a key word of the local and modern culinary trend. More than 250 restaurants and bars shows creativity, tapas and traditional recipes.
My favorite for a traditional British Sunday Roast served in Spain is at restaurant The Carvery.
Shopping and Sunday Market
This area of Costa del Sol makes shopping a local sport, along with a fun and happy atmosphere. One of the best place for shops is the main street of Calle San Miguel.
There are two street markets in Torremolinos. On Sundays the market specializes in antiques, while on Thursdays the stalls will offer you all kinds of purchases. A variety that also shows the bazaars of the Cuesta del Tajo and the souvenir shops of the Paseo Marítimo. It can be reached on foot, by train to the Montemar Alto stop, or by bus to the nearby stops.
For more shopping, get on the train to nearby shopping centre at Plaza Mayor.
Sports and horse riding
For active holiday-makers Torremolinos is one of the best along the sunny coast. The Sports Village “Ciudad de Torremolinos” is the place to perform athletics. From football fields, tennis courts, paddle courts, petanque, to figure skating and skateboarding. In addition, two Olympic pools, jumping pool, steam rooms, climbing wall and a dog training space.
Locted in the upper part of the city, between the national highway and the highway, next to the Fairgrounds, the El Pozuelo football field and the bullring.
In Andalusia, the passion for horses lives on in Torremolinos and companies offer classes for any level, from beginners to experts. You can enjoy equestrian shows in which you will understand the true essence of the Andalusian equine breed.
Music and festivals
Music has taken center stage in recent years through different events that have placed the city as a European musical map. Normally more than 120 different nationalities live here, this reflects the music and festival program. Such as the Festival of Cultures, the Day of the Foreign Resident, celebration of Diwali, Holland Day and St Patricks Day, among many others.
For five days in June, the Pride brings together some 30,000 people each year. Every February, thousands of people flock to the Rockin ‘Race Jamboree to enjoy the best of music from the last century. Guest bands range from 1940s swing and rhythm & blues to 1980s neo-rockabilly and 1950s music.
Said about Torremolinos: “It’s the Spanish Saint-Tropez.” By the actress and sex-symbol Brigitte Bardot. A mural of BB was in 2019 painted on a wall at Adriano hotel.
Then and now
Torremolinos has been a pioneer destination in tourism in Spain. But this place is also prehistoric. There are sites from the Phoenician, Roman and Arab times and the history of the mill stands out, with Torre de los Molinos as the main example, which gave the city its name.
Fifty years ago, the tourists boom started, and it became one of the best-known resorts in Spain. Although it hasn’t always had the best image. Thankfully in the last few years it has outgrown its tacky image and evolved into a mature and exciting resort. What´s best with Torremolinos…? May be the answer simply is; Just 7 kilometres from the city of Malaga!
Make it Happen!
Touch Down: Torremolinos is linked by trains covering short distance to Malaga city, which also go to the international airport. A large number of airlines, including many budget ones, fly to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport from all over Europe. The name in Spanish: Aeropuerto de Málaga-Costa del Sol. Torremolinos is just 7km from the airport.
Stay: There a number of hostals in Calle del Peligro, a short stroll from the Bajondillo beach. Around the square and Calle las Mercedes there are hostels but some will need earplugs on a summer Saturday night. Also, on the front of El Bajondillo beach are three- and four-star hotels. There is a wealth of self-catering rental accommodation in and around Torremolinos.
Eat: Among the best restaurants in Torremolinos I like to recommend Il Pescatore, next to the beach, for pasta and fresh seafood. Address: Calle de la Playa 24.For Spanish cusine, try Creperia Bahia, a short walk from the beach at Plaza de Los Tientos 29/30. Several bars and cafés in the Plaza Costa del Sol. This area is hub of the town and numerous free cultural events are staged in the open-air theatre.
Play: The Palladium Club has been renamed and revamped several times since it first opened in the '80s. This huge night club has two dance floors, a VIP area, several resident DJs playing techno house. This club offers live concerts and gala nights, Latin dance nights and competitions, as well as charity galas. The Palladium Club opens on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Dress code is smart casual. The Baccus Rock Bar in Calle de las Mercedes is a music bar presents live bands at the weekends.
Mini Guide: Torremolinos is a popular location for those looking for somewhere to spend their golden years, with reliable and professional care services for the elderly, as well as excellent hospitals in the surrounding area. Buying a property may well prove to be a sound long-term investment. Tourist Office: La Carihuela. Address: Plaza del Remo