Talking about the beaches in Torremolinos is talking about the epicentre of change in the Costa del Sol. These beaches started off as the workplace of the area’s fishermen and, in the seventies, they turned into one of the region’s leading tourist areas. They were the protagonists of the opening up and sexual freedom, and became one of the LGBTIQ capitals of Spain.
With just 7 km of coastline, the beaches of Torremolinos are one of the most highly valued in the area. On them, visitors can find stretches of sand where they can switch off by the waves and other areas full of life, with a lively atmosphere where you can enjoy music, hammocks and beach bars (chiringuitos) by the sea until sunset.
People looking to explore the best beaches of Torremolinos will be able to do so with their own vehicle by hiring a car without excess at Malaga airport to discover the coast of Torremolinos on 4 wheels and reach all of the corners of its most beautiful beaches.
Urban beaches in Torremolinos
The town of Torremolinos is home to some of the area’s most famous urban beaches, surrounded by shops, cafés and beach bars where you can find an extensive leisure and gastronomy offer just a few steps away from the beach.
El Bajondillo Beach
One of the best beaches in Torremolinos is undoubtedly El Bajondillo Beach. Its central location and its length of almost one kilometre with a width of 40 metres, means this beach welcomes thousands of people each day. This beach is recommended for families with children since it has calm and shallow waters. In addition, it is located just a few metres from calle de San Miguel, a street full of shops and some of the most popular places to eat in Torremolinos.
El Bajondillo boasts an area of palm trees where you can enjoy natural shade and shelter from the sun, as well as hire hammocks and parasols. There is also a lifeguard service for swimmers who use this beach. In addition, its busy and photogenic seafront promenade is perfect for taking a stroll at dusk and taking photos to remember such a unique holiday.
Fuente de la Salud Beach
Fuente de la Saludbeach is the smallest of all of the beaches in Torremolinos and one of the most visited in the heart of the town thanks to its fine sand and calm waters. This is one of the beaches that has been awarded the Blue Flag, which is given to beaches characterised for their cleanliness, care and wide variety of services.
If one thing characterises this beach, it is the gathering of artists who create sand sculptures for visitors to enjoy, in addition to the wide variety of water activities on offer, from pedal boats to equipment for paddle surfing or paragliding. The proximity of the seafront promenade ensures this beach has everything visitors need.
Beaches in Torremolinos with an atmosphere
For tourists visiting Torremolinos in search of its popular atmosphere, bursting with parties and fun, this town also offers some beaches where parties are the essence of the summer with packed beach bars full of music and life which also offer some of the best fish, seafood and paellas in Torremolinos.
Los Álamos Beach
Los Álamos beach is one of the area’s most popular beaches, although it is a little further out of the town centre. Halfway between Malaga and Torremolinos, Los Álamos offers visitors plenty of beach bars where they can enjoy the typical dishes of the area at affordable prices, but they also offer world food and themed parties that start in the afternoon and go on past midnight.
On this beach of fine sand, which has all types of services, from the hire of hammocks to jet skis, showers and some of the best beach bars in the area, visitors will be able to come by car at their convenience, finding large areas of parking just a few metres from the sea, thanks to it being an out-of-town area. Some of the areas most famous beach bars or chiringuitos are Kokun Ocean Club, La Palapa Beach or Playa Santa.
La Carihuela Beach
One of the best beaches in Torremolinos is undoubtedly La Carihuela Beach. This beach, in the heart of Torremolinos, has been brimming with life and atmosphere for decades. It was a must-visit place for some of the most famous celebrities of the 1960’s, including Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. It was also the first beach to welcome topless bathers, specifically Gala Eluard, one of Dali’s most famous muses.
So, La Carihuela isn’t just the largest beach in Torremolinos, it’s also the most popular. With its large areas of palm trees and grass, this beach is brimming with life, from families to young people enjoying its beach bars and beach clubs situated just a few metres from the area’s old fishing houses which give it a special charm. This beach has every service you can think of, including hammock and parasol hire and water activities.
Quiet beaches in Torremolinos
For those coming to the beach in Torremolinos to switch off from the stress of everyday life or to relax after a heavy night in one of the popular beach clubs in Torremolinos, there are some options where you can relax by the sea, enjoying the sun and the sound of the waves.
Playamar is situated between Bajondillo beach and Los Álamos beach, an oasis between two of the busiest beaches in Torremolinos. On it, visitors will be able to hire a sun lounger and parasol to enjoy a pleasant siesta by the sea or a cocktail with views.
You can find all types of services in the area, such as showers, toilets, lifeguard posts, beach bars and kiosks where you can quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day. In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy water activities such as paddle surfing, sailing or diving until it’s time to sit and enjoy the best sunsets in Torremolinos.
El Saltillo and Montemar Beaches
Surrounding the bustling La Carihuela beach, are two small quieter beaches but closer to the urban centre for those who want to walk. While El Saltillo is found bordering the Port of Benalmadena, Montemar surrounds La Carihuela at the other end. Both offer all types of services, but are characterised for a quieter atmosphere, a little more removed from mass tourism.
Map of the best beaches in Torremolinos
Although Torremolinos doesn’t have a long list of beaches, those it does have offer visitors everything they need, from a more active atmosphere to areas where you can relax during your stay in this coastal town. On the map below, you can find the different beaches in Torremolinos that have been mentioned in this article, in addition to some small beaches, like Costa Lago Beach or El Lido Beach.