Torremolinos is a top tourist destination on the Costa del Sol
Torremolinos is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol and is a tourists paradise, being the first town in the whole of Spain to open up to international mass tourism. Its success story began in the 1950s, when the European travel market turned its eyes to sunny cheap Costa del Sol.
It is located close to the capital of the region, Malaga, in fact, Torremolinos started out as a westerly suburb of the city. The town enjoys excellent transport links including the Malaga international airport, the cruise port of Malaga, upgraded road links and an excellent high speed rail service.
By the 1970s, tourism in the area was booming, with many thousands of visitors arriving each week throughout the year. Package holiday deals and all inclusive offers are in abundance. A multitude of good hotels sprung up instantly and, by the 1980s, tourism had spread to the nearby coastal resorts of Benalmadena, Fuengirola, and the ever popular beach resort of Marbella.
The new promenade stretches from Puerto Marina, in Benalmadena, all the way to the airport’s vicinity on the outskirts of Malaga. Its most famous part is La Carihuela, towards the western part of the town. This area offers a more elegant beach side walkway teeming with high-quality, pocket-friendly, Spanish and international restaurants and beach bars.
Torremolinos is certainly different, a vast, parody of a seaside resort, always fascinating, vibrant and still one of the most visited holiday resorts in Spain.This much changed resort is lined with sweeping beaches and infinite shopping arcades, and contrary to popular belief is not overcrowded with British bars anymore, it has reverted to a more Spanish feel.
Torremolinos has been renewed and has taken on a much more diverse and modern look, focusing on a higher quality service catering for all its visitors needs, and appealing to even more nationalities from around the world.
The competition between Torremolinos’s restaurants, clubs and bars is quite intense so if you’re prepared to walk round and check a few prices you can have a pretty good night out on remarkably little. The more elegant part of the resort lies to the east at La Carihuela , where there’s a great beach and the best seafood restaurants around.
To its enduring credit though, Torremolinos has rising above what was turning into a tired second rate tourist resort. Recent visitors will have noticed that a major clean up has taken place over the last few years with many of the older hotels having been reformed and refurbished. Many of the main avenidas have been reformed and lined with lots of baby palm trees.
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5 Interesting facts about Torremolinos
- Torremolinos was the first proper resort on the Costa del Sol after it was transformed from a fishing village back in the 1960’s.
- Torremolinos is delightful to visit out of season as it reverts to being very much Spanish and a warm welcome awaits in each of the small tapas bars.
- The town is very proud of its fishing heritage and several original fish bars still exist in the town centre.
- Parador del Golf, one of the first golf courses to be built in the area, is only a short distance from Torremolinos.
- Archaeological finds such as pottery, human bones and tools has proved there were settlers in the Torremolinos area as far back at the Neolithic Age.
Eating out in Torremolinos
The central area of Torremolinos is always bustling and mostly lined with local stalls and small shops selling souvenirs. However, there are also a number of fantastic restaurants just waiting to serve up some exquisite local delights.
Don’t forget to stop by the Goloso stall, open and serving since 1963, just off the main street called Calle de San Miguel, for some of the most delicious sweet-filled crepes which will truly treat your taste buds.
Having recently been refurbished, the promenade is flanked by the well loved beach bars ( chiringuitos ) which are typical Spanish eateries serving the very best and freshest of seafood.
Come during the summer months and try the traditional espeto de sardinas ( sardines cooked on spit over an open wood fire).
Recommended restaurants in Torremolinos
Located at the top of San Miguel Street in central Torremolinos La Chacha is a very popular seafood eatery. Is more like an open bar with few seats and tables. You order the seafood at the bar ans it gets cooked for you on the griddle. For seafood lovers this is must place to eat with giant prawns, fresh squidd, clams, razor shells and much more on offer.
Located in the heart of La Carihuela this is one of the most popular fish and seafood restaurants in Torremolinos. Gets extremely busy in the summer months and although the interior dining area is quite small the outside terrace set up on the square has a capacity for 600 diners. Here you can enjoy the freshest fish, seafood and rice dishes. Not cheap by Spanish standards but well worth paying that extra at least once during your holiday to Torremolinos. Popular dishes include freshly cooked crayfish, king prawns, local fried whitebait with lemon and the mixed seafood grill.
Located on the main Avenida Carlota Alessandri the Figon serves a range of authentic and traditional Spanish dishes including bean stew, baby lamb, oxtail and cod. Very good quality fare at reasonable prices.
Recommended accommodation in Torremolinos
The 4 starred Hotel Melia Costa del Sol is one if the most popular resorts in Torremolinos which enjoys a perfect location right by the beach. The hotel has an array of first class amenities including 2 large pools, sauna, fitness centre, Turkish steam bath and a luxury day spa. The rooms are modern and the breakfast buffet is excellent as well as an in-house restaurant and beach bar. Reviewer Rating: 8.9
The 4 star Costa del Sol Luxury Boutique Hotel enjoys a great location close to the beach and offers very good value for money bearing in mind it's 4 star status. This luxury boutique offers elegant stylish rooms and a modern black and white themed decor throughout. The hotel is close to plenty of bars, restaurants and nightlife. Reviewer Rating: 8.4
The Guadalupe Cozy Inns boasts an excellent location right by the Bajondilla beach and promenade offering very nice budget friendly accommodation. There is an in-house restaurant with plenty of dining options just a few minutes walk away. Enjoy long walks along the promenade which runs from Benalmadena to the the east of Torremolinos. Reviewer Rating: 9.1