Torremolinos is a beachside municipality, located west of Málaga in southern Spain. Originally a small fishing village, Torremolinos became one of the first tourist attractions on the Costa del Sol. To this day it is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Europe.
Europe’s love affair with the Costa del Sol, began in the 1950s, when celebrities flocked to Torremolinos, including Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles and Frank Sinatra. Torremolinos set the stage for the glitz and glamour of the Costa del Sol. The municipality strived over the years, with the wealth of famous visitors, and became the place to be and the place to be seen. It quickly became the prestige landmark of southern Europe and paved the way to further development across the Costa del Sol, and its tourist frenzy. The liberal and cosmopolitan makeup of the town continues today, where drag queens host talent shows.
In 1959, the first luxury hotel in the Costa del Sol, the Art Deco-styled Pez Espada, opened its doors in Torremolinos. In the following years, new hotels, nightclubs and other tourist-aimed establishments changed the face of the town and its beaches. By 1965, Torremolinos was established as a major tourist destination. Today, Torremolinos is particularly popular with the British, Irish and Scandinavian tourist and has got a significant British expatriate population.
Areas of the town are spotted with older high-rise residential buildings and hotels. A significant number of original old town properties remain as a testament of its origins, unlike other popular resorts such as Benidorm and Fuengirola. Torremolinos also enjoys one of the best climates in Europe. It has long, dry summers and mild winters with occasional, heavy rainfall. The town also benefits from a cool sea breeze in the summertime.
Torremolinos has got a beautiful beach line along the Mediterranean, extending 8 kilometres west of Málaga capital, with a fully illuminated promenade. The seaside resort boasts a wealth of “chiringuitos” (beach bars), all along its 8 kilometres coastline. The east end of the beach strip, known as Los Alamos, has live dance music and events throughout the summer. It is also a favourite for kite surfing and windsurfing.
In addition to its tourism sector, Torremolinos is known locally for its vibrant and liberal nightlife, particularly its numerous bars and clubs catering to the LGBT community. Consequently, Torremolinos co-hosted World Pride in 2017 in conjunction with Madrid and holds its own Pride festival in June, now the third-largest in Spain. Also, Torremolinos hosts MadBear, Delice Dream, Wonder Beach and various other LGTB festivals throughout the summer.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Torremolinos is known for having some of the Costa del Sol’s most beautiful, sandy beaches. El Paseo Marítimo is one of the best areas to admire Torremolinos’ breath-taking coastline. The Paseo Marítimo is lined with seafood restaurants providing its visitors and residents alike with an endless choice of wonderful Mediterranean seafood delights on the seafront. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a delicious meal absorbing the spectacular views of the Mediterranean in a relaxed environment, listening to the soothing sound of rolling waves collapsing on the golden shores.
Situated west, in the upper part of Torremolinos’ city centre, El Calvario is an older neighbourhood and the most popular, with the highest concentration of residents. The area boasts a popular street market on Thursdays and has a lovely selection of shops, restaurants and long-established bars.
The neighbourhood is built around calle Rafael Quintana Rosado and its extension, calle Europa. It also has a unique water supply; a local fountain distributing water from natural springs. It is the neighbourhood that retains the charm of Torremolinos’ past as a quaint, Andalusian village.
Montemar, (mountain and sea) as the name suggests, is located in the upper part of the town, just above La Carihuela. This residential neighbourhood, has its own train station, Montemar Alto. Its main attractions include the Hermitage of Montemar, the nearby pine trees and the Montemar Hotel, now converted into a residential complex of apartments. The Montemar Hotel was one of the pioneering hotels. The area is home to some spectacular villas nestled in Montemar’s majestic, green hills, perched above the city centre, offering astonishing views of Torremolinos and the sea.
La Carihuela has a traditional, Andalusian style, village landscape, beautifully decorated, narrow streets, lined with traditional shops including fishmongers offering their daily catch, butchers, pastry shops and “panederias” (bakeries). The neighbourhood also offers some of the best “Fritura malagueña” (fried fish) a speciality in the Malaga region. The area is also home to some exquisite architectural designs, including the Miami, Tropicana and Pez Espada hotels, and the emblematic Aladino bazaar, a boat-shaped building. Plus, La Carihuela is world-renown for its spectacular beaches and great family atmosphere.
El Bajondillo is an authentic fisherman’s neighbourhood. Visiting El Bajondillo is a fantastic way to get a feel for the area’s humble beginnings. Its busy beach, nestled between Carihuela and Playamar, is accessible from the Paseo de la Playa. The Cementerio viewpoint, offers spectacular views. There are two lifts to get to the beach: a municipal lift which is open all year and goes from plaza del Panorama (calle de las Mercedes) to plaza de los Tajillos, and the hotel Meliá lift. Cuesta del Tajo, accessible from calle San Miguel, offers an array of handcrafted souvenirs.
Los Álamos is a youthful and cosmopolitan neighbourhood, full of entertainment. Los Álamos beach is the epicentre of Torremolinos, surrounded by trendy beach bars, restaurants and clubs. Visitors enjoy the sun, the sea, excellent food and drinks surrounded by music. There is a wide range of traditional open-air restaurants and other places to enjoy the local cuisine. Los Alamos is also a sports haven for those who enjoy a wide variety of activities ranging from cycling to surfing.
In the upper part of Torremolinos is a magical place where nature is relatively untouched. A lovely mountainous area covered in pine trees, whose wonderful scent blends into the fresh air. The natural springs provide fresh water to refresh yourself in the summer heat. The area is equipped with tables and barbecue areas where people can enjoy a wonderful day out with family and friends. The Vivero Municipal (town nursery), offers a wide choice of plants, flowers and garden tools to decorate your own garden. La Ermita de San Miguel is the starting point of the Camino del Agua (water Trail), one of the favourites for hikers. Los Pinares is also home to Los Manantiales – Molino de Inca Botanical Gardens.
Torremolinos City Centre
Torremolinos’ city centre never sleeps. Full of life 365 days a year, day or night, its bustling streets are filled with stores, restaurants, bar and nightclubs. Tapas, fried fish and shellfish are offered in abundance throughout. The city centre also has a wide range of open-air, cultural events and an exciting nightlife. Calle San Miguel is Torremolinos’ commercial hub offering everything you can wish for under the sun.
Calle Bulto 26 La Carihuela, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 952 37 27 34
Avenida Espana 18 | Montemar, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 616 19 58 70
Calle Skal 4 | Pueblo Blanco, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 665 10 48 56
Paseo Maritimo Playamar, s/n | Local 4, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 952 37 30 58
Avenida Riviera 80, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 952 38 14 50
Calle Hoyo 5, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 952 37 11 11
Paseo Maritimo Playamar | a Pie de Playa, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 633 86 97 33
+34 671 15 08 51
Calle Saltillo | Montemar, 29620 Torremolinos, Málaga.
+34 952 37 37 22
Escuela Municipal de Miguel Angel Parador de Malaga Golf
Eporium Golf Golf Torrequebrada
Benalmádena Golf Lauro Golf Resort
Guadalhorce Club de Golf Bil Bil Golf
Real Club de Campo Málaga Mini Golf Club Sol Timor
Alhaurín Golf – El Legado de Seve
Sunny View School Colegio Miramar
Primary Education Benyamina Public School Albaida
Centro Privado de Educación Infantil Baby Torremolinos
Public School Atenea Kings English Torremolinos
Miss Marian’s Academy
Hospital Marítimo de Torremolinos Unidad de Salud Mental Infanto Juvenil V. de la Victoria
Clínicas de Mario Gallegos Clínicas Rincón
Web Obesidad Hospital Santa Elena
Centro Médico Hospital Arroyo de la Miel
Francisco Canca Doblas Rincón Medical Centre Vithas
Intermedical ISS Quironsalud Xanit Hospital
Aguilar Rosell Medicina Estética Casa Terapeutica