Torremolinos was the pioneer in tourism in the Costa del Sol and one of the first and principal destinations of holidaymakers in Spain. The mild climate which the area enjoys is due to the protection offered by the Sierra de Mijas from the cold northerly wind, thanks to which the visitor can enjoy the beach and the open air during any season of the year: hill- walking, horse- riding, water sports and, obviously, golf, with courses of renowned international prestige, making up an interesting and varied offer.
The first groups of English visitors started coming to Torremolinos in the 1930´s to the so-called “Castillo del Ingles”, although the true tourist influx started at the beginning of the 1950´s with the construction of its principal hotels. At present, apart from having the widest and most varied hotel offers in the whole of the Costa del Sol, Torremolinos has a wide infrastructure for the organisation of conferences and all sorts of events, highlighting the modern hall for conferences and exhibitions and the municipal auditorium, “Príncipe de Asturias”.
Its popular festivities are numerous: the Baile Retro championships, international dance competition, takes place during February; every year, on the first Thursday in June, the district of “La Carihuela” celebrate “El Día del Pescaíto” and offer a sampling to the those who assist; the festivity of “La Virgen del Carmen” on the 16th of July, with a splendid maritime procession; “El Día del Turista”, on the first Thursday in September; and, to end this range of festivities; “La Romería de San Miguel”, the town´s Patron Saint, in September, together with its main festivities during which the Patron Saint is carried in procession through the town´s streets.
As far as its gastronomy is concerned, one can taste anything from the most exotic dishes of the international cuisine in its numerous bars and restaurants to sampling the variety of fried fish in the numerous refreshment stalls and bars along its seafront, especially those situated in the district of La Carihuela. In order to liven up those Torremolinos nights, there are numerous discotheques, bars and flamenco shows distributed especially throughout the seafront promenade.
Local Holidays 16th July and 29th September
Distance from Malaga Airport: 6km
Town hall: 952-379-400
Local Police: 952-381-422
Foreign Residents Department: 952-374-231
Torremolinos has numerous shops, supermarkets, outstanding sports facilities, several health centres and numerous private clinics, and primary and secondary schools. There’s an almost infinite number of bars, restaurants and shops, and the town has the best variety of nightlife and entertainment on the coast.
Is very well connected with the capital and rest of the coast. Traffic congestion is common in the centre and access roads and parking is difficult although some underground parking is available.
Torremolinos is a major conference centre and has the most extensive range of hotels on the coast. The town’s beaches are clean and well-maintained and there’s an almost infinite number of bars, restaurants and shops. Te annual ballroom dancing contest is world-famous.
Some of the cheapest property on the Costa del Sol can be found in Torremolinos, although beach-front apartments and penthouses fetch premium prices. Bargains can occasionally be found in older apartment blocks, in the centre, that were built in the 60s and 70s, although modernisation is usually required and the quality of construction may be poor. Extensive new construction is currently taking place in the east of the town.
The town has recently undergone a major facelift and improvements include the extension of the seafront to Los Alamos in the east.
The urbanisations of El Pinillo and Montemar are to the west of the centre; La Carihuela, Pueblo Blanco and El Bajondillo are in the centre and Playa mar, El Pinar and Los Alamos are to the east. La Carihuela has retained much is its traditional fishing village character and has many narrow streets.