This is where it all began: what was once a tiny fishing village has become one of the largest – and most popular – of all the Costa del Sol holiday resorts. And it’s not hard to see why. For sheer choice of hotels, bars, discos and beaches, good old ‘Torrie’ is quite simply hard to beat. The Aqualand near the Palacio de Congresos has Europe’s largest water-slide, wave machines, the Cresta Run water mountain – plus plenty more besides. The fascinating Crocodile Park just outside Torremolinos is one of the area’s most popular attractions.
To the east of the town are the three main beaches of Playamar, Bajondillo and Los Alamos. There are parasols and sunloungers ‘a go-go’ to rent here – not to mention every kind of café and restaurant imaginable. Beach volleyball and soccer are also on the agenda in high season, with watersports on offer at the neighbouring Benalmádena marina. There are plenty of beach front cafés (called Chiringuitos) selling fried fish, snacks and refreshments, which is just as well as the walk back from the main beach into the town centre is uphill all the way.On the Los Alamos beach area you will find the newest “chic” bars and restaurants.
The number one street for shopping is Calle San Miguel where you can find any manner of goods. There are bars in abundance proclaiming their heritage to one nationality or another; Irish, English, Dutch, German, you name it, Torremolinos is likely to have it. The busy nightclubs pump out the latest music and stay open until dawn or even later. Make no mistake, Torremolinos is about having fun.
Market Day here is on a Thursday morning in the Feria ground at the top of the town close to the old town Calvario.