Once a small, fishing village Torremolinos was redeveloped in the Sixties to become one of Spain’s first fully-fledged beach resorts. While having retained much of it’s original charm, holidays to Torremolinos are ideal for those who want all they could possibly need, right on the doorstep. The sun-bleached beaches and nearby waterparks provide perfect entertainment if you’re travelling with children, while the quiet coves and exciting array of restaurants that line the coast are the perfect backdrop for couples wanting to spend some quality time together. If you like things a little livelier, the marina offers a superb choice of water sports and the town centre comes alive at night with a buzzing bar scene. There’s even a selection of outstanding golf courses, nearby for fans of the five-iron who want to keep on top of their game. With so much to see and do, you can make your Nerja holidays exactly what you want them to be!
Torremolinos is best for…
Families: There’s plenty to do if you’re here with the kids. The local beaches offer gently-shelving shores and shallow waters for little ones to splash around in safety, while the high-octane rides and slides at Aqualand waterpark are ideal for older children and grown-ups who ought to know better!
Night owls: Watch the sun set from the beach at a local chiringuito, then go for dinner and drinks on Calle San Miguel.
Beach lovers: Wander along the bustling promenade to pick from seven beautiful beaches, each with dark golden sand and a superb choice of white-knuckle water sports.
Torremolinos Weather and Climate
Temperature: 25-29°C in summer.
Best time to visit: May for slightly cooler temperatures.
Dedicated sun-worshippers should book their breaks between July and August, when the temperatures peak in the low thirties °C and you can bask in up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. For slightly cooler conditions and fewer crowds, spring offers temperatures in the low twenties.
Getting Around Torremolinos
By bus: Torremolinos has an excellent bus service that runs approximately every 30 minutes throughout summer. The bus provides transport within the resort as well as out to nearby towns like Marbella.
By car: Hiring a car is useful for visitors keen to explore Andalucía and who want the freedom to travel in their own time. There are many international hire car companies in the area and at Malaga Airport.
By taxi: Torremolinos has plenty of taxis, with several taxi ranks in the resort centre. Taxis are a good option for short journeys, with many available for airport transfer at a fixed price.
Flamenco: Torremolinos’ Flamenco Festival has been running for over 20 years, and is one of the most popular of its kind in the region. Held in August, the festival features flamenco dancers and enthusiasts from all over Spain putting on shows in atmospheric venues across the town.
Feria: Held each October in honour of the town’s patron saint, San Miguel, the feria is one of the most exciting events in the local calendar. Over the course of a week, you can expect colourful parades, funfairs, live music and plenty of eating and drinking.
Things to do Around Torremolinos
If your idea of Torremolinos holidays is to find a sweep of sand and stretch out under the sun, you’ll be spoilt for choice! There are seven sun-kissed beaches just a short stroll from the seafront promenade, starting with the lively La Carihuela and getting smaller and quieter the further east you go. Stop for lunch at a local chiringuito or visit the marina for a boat trip along the coast. Golfers can challenge themselves on the fairways at Parador Malaga de Golf, while those with children can or ride the slides or splash about in the water playgrounds at Aqualand. For a delicious, leisurely dinner, try out the local fare and Mediterranean specialities at a waterfront restaurant, or for a lively evening out, head into town and hit the bars.
Beaches: Torremolinos’ coastline stretches through seven sandy beaches, linked by a sunny palm-lined promenade famous for its beach café-bars, known as chiringuitos. The main beach, La Carihuela, is popular for it’s central location, with sun beds and brightly-coloured beach umbrellas speckling the dark golden sand. La Carihuela has the best beach activities in Torremolinos, with pedal boats for hire and opportunities to try something new, like windsurfing. Wander east along the promenade and you’ll discover some quieter beaches, like the smaller Playa Los Alamos, a peaceful part of the coast that’s perfect for a relaxing day.
Attractions: Whether you’re travelling with the family, your better half, or a group of friends, there’s plenty to see and do in the area. Hit the high seas in a yacht and cruise the coast, or jump aboard a power-boat and go dolphin-spotting. For children, Aqualand is just a 10-minute walk from the centre of the resort, offering rides and slides, chutes and flumes and dedicated pools and water playgrounds for younger children. If you’re a keen golfer, head to Parador Malaga de Golf, one of Andalucía’s first and finest golf courses.
Nightlife: From romantic dinners in atmospheric restaurants, to nights filled with neon lights and top tunes, the nightlife in Torremolinos has something for everyone. Head to the waterfront and you’ll find an excellent selection of restaurants serving outstanding seafood and authentic Spanish cuisine. To fuel up before a big night out, the beach bars, known locally as chiringuitos, are a major part of the nightlife, where you can grab a snack or drinks in the evening and listen to live music. When you’re ready to kick your heels up, head to Calle San Miguel, home to some superb bars and pubs. For hardcore club-heads, the nightlife capital, Benalmadena, is a 15-minute cab ride away.