Torremelinos – Area Guide
Torremolinos is a busy resort situated just a short 7km west of Malaga International Airport and only 13km from Malaga City.
There is a population of 68,961 inhabitants with an average rainfall of only 500mm per year and an average all year around temperature of 18 degrees. It has a good transport system with buses linking this destination to Malaga in the east and the western coastal resorts of Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella.
There are also direct bus routes to places further down the coast such Estepona and Algeciras, close to Gibraltar. The coastal train line runs through Torremolinos linking Fuengirola to Malaga. In past several years Torremolinos has evolved in to an attractive and appealing resort for all ages.
It is famous along the Costa del Sol for its Chringuitos (beach bar/restaurants) that sit on its 4 sandy beaches that cover 7km of coastline. The seafront promenade Paseo Maritimo extends from the east of the resort at Playamar and ends after a beautiful coastal walk at Benalmadena Marina. There is a wide range of hotels and residential lets and the resort has a wide variety of entertainment, nightlife and gastronomy.
In the peak of the summer months Torremolinos has great appeal to the younger set especially the numerous clubs and late night bars situated in the town centre. However, there is still plenty of quieter venues to be found and less lively areas such as La Carihuela and Montemar that sit on the coast of this diversified resort. Torremolinos Montemar and La Carihuela are accessible from the Paseo, both offering a different alternative to the central area of Torremolinos. Montemar has a number of hotels situated just off the Paseo and is popular for its cheap drinks bars and karaoke and entertainment venues. The old fishing village of La Carihuela which like Montemar, has some lively venues but has a more traditional Spanish feel. Many of the old style Spanish cottages still exist today and the area has plenty of little side streets to explore and to sample some freshly caught seafood.
Out of the summer months the town and its surrounding areas transform and a lesser pace of life is adopted as this resort becomes popular with the residents of Malaga which gives a friendlier more relaxed feel. The town hall has invested heavily in creating and providing public gardens for all to enjoy with over 1000 species of tree and plants being planted. There are 3 forests on the outskirts of the town which all have freshwater springs. These also provide picnic and BBQ areas and facilities. More upbeat activities can be found on the beach with the seasonal sea sports on offer such as paragliding, jet skiing, water skiing, pedal boats and windsurfing. In an around Torremolinos within 10km there are 4 golf courses with a further 5 more within 20km.
As well as the water sports and the beach other attractions in Torremolinos include the Crocodile Park, Dinosaur Park, Parque de Batteria with its large playground and boating lake and the water park which has the highest water slide in Europe (22m).