Torremolinos

Torremolinos

Torremolinos is a charming town located in the province of Malaga, in the south of Spain. This small municipality is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol and is historically known for its stunning beaches, vibrant atmosphere and warm Mediterranean climate.

If you are looking for a holiday destination full of fun, atmosphere and sun, then Torremolinos is an excellent choice. The town is known for its excellent international atmosphere, especially during the summer, when tourists and locals mingle in the streets, bars and restaurants.

History of Torremolinos

The first settlers in the Torremolinos area date back to prehistoric times, remains of whom have been found in the coastal caves in the area known as Punta de Torremolinos. Various bones have been found, as well as vessels and other elements typical of the period, which indicate a human presence more than 150,000 years ago.

A stroll between cliffs and the waves of the Mediterranean Sea
A stroll between cliffs and the waves of the Mediterranean Sea

The origins of the village as such date back to Roman times, where this widespread civilisation used the same site as the prehistoric people to found a settlement. The nearby thermal baths are an indication of this. However, the greatest exponent is a road from approximately 2,000 years ago that ran between Cadiz (Gades) and Malaga (Malaca).

The name Torremolinos is derived from the Arabic word for “tower” and “mills”, due to the defensive towers that were built here during medieval times. In the Middle Ages, especially during Moorish rule, the town was an important centre for the production of water mills, which were used to grind wheat and other agricultural products.

Traditional square in the centre of Torremolinos
Traditional square in the centre of Torremolinos

During the 19th century, Torremolinos became a popular tourist destination for Europe’s rich and famous, including writers such as Federico García Lorca, Grace Kelly, Elton John, Frank Sinatra and Orson Wells. In the 1950s, tourism in Torremolinos skyrocketed, making it one of the top holiday destinations in Spain.

Things to do in Torremolinos

Torremolinos, located on the coast of the province of Málaga, is a vibrant tourist destination that offers a wide range of activities for all tastes. So if you’re looking for things to do in Torremolinos, here are some ideas.

Stroll through the town centre

Strolling through the cosy and atmospheric streets of Torremolinos is a truly pleasurable experience. Let yourself be carried away by the lively rhythm of this international and cosmopolitan town. With a multitude of cultures mixed together in the same traditional Andalusian town, the main attraction of Torremolinos is the atmosphere of coexistence between cultures.

However, amidst all the hustle and bustle, you can’t miss visiting the Tower of the Mills, which gives its name to the town and dates back to the 14th century. You can also walk up to the Calvario neighborhood, where a market is regularly organized among its narrow streets, or stroll through the beach atmosphere of La Carihuela Old Town, where you can also go out and party when night falls.

Spectacular views from the Battery Park
Spectacular views from the Battery Park

Finally, La Batería park is an excellent place to relax and enjoy nature, as it has large gardens and green areas. It also has a lake where you can rent boats, and from its viewpoint you can enjoy magnificent views of the coast.

Shopping

If you are in the centre, in Calle San Miguel you can visit the various shops in and around this traditional street. You can also enjoy some of the best tapas places in Torremolinos in the vicinity of the area afterwards.

The busy Calle San Miguel, full of shops and boutiques
The busy Calle San Miguel, full of shops and boutiques

If you’re looking for more things to do in Torremolinos, we also recommend exploring the shops and local markets as this is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the culture and get fresh and unique products. You can find a variety of fresh products, from fruits and vegetables to local crafts.

Amusement Parks

Next to the area of Los Pinos you will find two parks to visit. If it’s summer you should definitely spend a day at Aqualand, an amusement park in Torremolinos with water, plenty of pools and refreshing roller coasters.

One of the many attractions at Aqualand
One of the many attractions at Aqualand

Zoos in Torremolinos

If you’re a fan of amphibians, next to Aqualand you’ll find Crocodile Park, a conservation space for crocodiles and alligators of different species, which you can see in habitats very similar to their original ones.

You also can’t miss Selwo Marina, a wildlife park and dolphinarium where you can enjoy incredible shows starring these fun dolphins.

Crocodile Park

Crocodile Park in Torremolinos offers a variety of interesting species, highlighting the Nile Crocodile, the Spectacled Caiman, and the American Alligator, as well as a variety of turtles such as the Moroccan Tortoise, the Greek Tortoise, the African Spurred Tortoise, the Snapping Turtle, and the African Shield Tortoise.

Crocodiles resting in Crocodile Park with tropical vegetation and a green pond.
Crocodiles resting in Crocodile Park with tropical vegetation and a green pond | villamarina.es

In addition, it has other reptiles such as the Bearded Dragon and the Argentine Teju. This park provides an educational experience on the life and conservation of these fascinating animals.

Selwo Marina

Selwo Marina is another of Torremolinos’ zoological attractions. Here, visitors can enjoy marine life and observe various species up close, including dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. It’s an ideal place to learn about marine life and spend an entertaining day with family.

Spend a full day at the beach

Are you a fan of going to the beach in the morning and taking advantage of the afternoon to visit other places? Or are you one of those who like to spend the whole day at the beach without worrying about anything other than putting on sun cream? Whatever your case, we have plans for both.

Hammocks, thatched umbrellas, sun and the smell of the sea
Hammocks, thatched umbrellas, sun and the smell of the sea

In Torremolinos you will find a selection of beaches to suit all tastes. Those in the centre, which are very busy, are popular with both those who come to enjoy a few hours of sun and those who spend the whole day.

The beaches on the outskirts of Torremolinos, such as Los Alamos beach, are more popular with people who come to spend the morning or afternoon in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the crowded central beaches on the promenade in the centre of town. They also have one of the best parking areas in Torremolinos.

Green spaces where you can relax under tropical palm trees
Green spaces where you can relax under tropical palm trees

It is also common to see people who decide to spend the day between the beach and one of the “chiringuitos” (beach bars), which offer sunbeds, food and refreshing drinks. In addition, at night this area is a hive of young people who come to the beach clubs of Los Alamos looking to party.

Molino de Inca

The historical and natural charm of the Molino de Inca in Torremolinos. Built in the 18th century, this mill was vital to the local economy, and now it is a oasis of biodiversity with lush gardens and serene streams. Offering peace and serenity, the Molino de Inca is a perfect refuge for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

In addition to being a popular and historical tourist destination, it hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year, contributing to preserving its rich historical and natural legacy for future generations.

Barbecue at Los Pinos

To the north of the village there is a large pine forest with barbecue areas with wooden tables and chairs. It is common to see the neighbours of the village and the surrounding area come to this area at weekends to spend a good day with friends in the greenery. If the gathering exceeds 25 people, it is necessary to ask for permission from the Town Hall.

Remember that it is forbidden to light fires in green spaces that are not next to the beach between 1 June and 15 October.

You can bring prepared food, buy pizzas in one of the Italian restaurants in the village or have a barbecue. For the latter you will only need a grill, which you can buy in any shopping centre in Torremolinos, as there are barbecues ready to use.

Popular festivals and gastronomy

One of the most popular fiestas in Torremolinos is the Feria de San Miguel, which is held in September. This festival includes a pilgrimage through the town, and a market where you can buy local produce and handicrafts. There are also activities for children and adults, including live music and flamenco shows.

Tower-viewpoint of the Battery Park
Tower-viewpoint of the Battery Park

However, this is not the only fiesta to enjoy in Torremolinos. In this post we tell you about all the festivals and popular fairs that are held in this town throughout the year.

As for gastronomy, Torremolinos is known for its delicious Mediterranean food. You will find in the town many restaurants offering quality paellas. You can also try “pescaíto frito”, which are small pieces of fish fried in olive oil and usually served with lemon. It is common to taste them in one of the restaurants in Torremolinos facing the sea.

How to get to Torremolinos

How to get to Torremolinos Airport

There are no direct flights to Torremolinos due to the lack of its own airport. If you’re arriving from outside, the most convenient option is to take a flight to Malaga Airport, which is just a 10-minute drive away. From there, you can take a bus or rent a car to get to Torremolinos.

How to get there by public transport

Due to its proximity and the number of people who travel daily to this nearby town, Torremolinos is the town with the best public transport connections to Malaga.

How to get there by bus

There are several options by bus from Malaga, depending on the number of stops and the departure point, although the price is the same for all of them (1,70€).

Departure

Duration

Stops

Frequency

End

M110

Malaga Centre

20-30min approx.

Many

20-30min approx.

Benalmádena

M112

Bus Station

20-30min approx.

Medium

5 daily routes

Mijas Pueblo

M116

University

20-30min approx.

Medium

14:50 and 21:15

Benalmádena

M320

Bus Station

20-30min approx.

Few

10:00

Marbella

How to get there by train

Either from Malaga central station or the many existing stops (Centro, Victoria Kent, Airport, etc…) you can take the C-1 line that leaves every 30min towards Torremolinos, with different stops along the way to Fuengirola.

How to get there by car

Renting an all-inclusive car at Malaga airport is a popular option for tourists, as it allows you to get around the area more easily, as well as having the convenience of an all-inclusive rental.

The A-7 motorway will take you directly to Torremolinos from Malaga airport and other towns along the coast. If you are coming from Malaga, this is the first town you will come to and the road to Torremolinos is very well signposted.

Map of Torremolinos

Here is a map of Torremolinos to help you find out where Torremolinos is in Spain and to help you plan your visit and discover all the tourist attractions that this charming town has to offer. On the map you will find beaches, places to visit or city parks, among others. We hope you enjoy your visit to this beautiful town on the Costa del Sol.

Relevant information

Best time of year to visit: Summer

Not to miss: The atmosphere of the promenade and its nightlife, both in the centre and in the neighbourhoods closer to the coast.

Places to eat nearby: In this post you will find some of the best places to eat in Torremolinos for all tastes.

I hope you have found this information useful and that you are encouraged to visit Torremolinos. For more information about the city you can consult the Torremolinos Town Hall website: https://www.torremolinos.es/

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