Torremolinos is one of the first areas known internationally by famous artists and which was reflected in the numerous films created (50's and 60's).
With the opening in 1959 of the Pez Espada, the first luxury hotel in the area, Torremolinos was consolidated as a holiday destination of reference. In the sixties it already had 32 hotels.
Torremolinos was still a coastal district of the city of Malaga that attracted tourists from all over the world.
Film and show business celebrities, artists, political authorities, prominent entrepreneurs and important businessmen came to this municipality on the Costa del Sol.
The Junta de Andalucia granted Torremolinos independence from Malaga in 1988.
Torremolinos maintains the charm that made it the target of these legendary characters and has also become one of the Costa del Sol’s tourist attractions.
Torremolinos is one of the economic engines of the province thanks, among other things, to its tourist industry and the activity generated by the Costa del Sol Conference and Exhibition Centre.
In recent years Torremolinos has become a fashionable destination for LGTBI tourism, after years in oblivion despite having hosted the first gay-friendly venue in Spain. LGTBI tourism is the biggest spender in Torremolinos.
Spain is the world’s favourite destination for the LGTBI community. According to the World Tourism Organisation, the LGTBI tourist represents 10% of the total number of international travellers.
Torremolinos is a city open to all cultures, every day more and more tourists (Swedish, French, Belgian, Danish, English, etc…) end up settling here for its comfort and a lifestyle linked to the sea. The proximity to the International Airport, its suburban train, and the 10 kilometres that separate it from Malaga make it a highly valued city for the foreign client who does not want to use a car.
PLACES WE RECOMMEND VISITING:
In the centre of Torremolinos we have two must-see streets: Plaza de la Costa del Sol and Calle San Miguel.
Other charming areas to visit are La Carihuela, Bajondillo and Playamar. They are linked by a wonderful promenade, surrounded by restaurants and with quality beaches.
In addition to relaxation, these beaches have all the services for water sports such as kitesurfing, paddle surfing and sport fishing.
You can also visit the Molino de Inca Botanical Garden, which is located in the Sports and Recreational Village. Along with this botanical garden, the area of the springs is of great scenic interest. Here you will find a restored 15th century flour mill. The viewpoints in the area offer beautiful views.
La Batería Park is the great “green lung” of Torremolinos. Inaugurated in 2007 and covering 74,000 square metres, this area has become a landmark in the municipality thanks to its tree-filled landscape, its views of the coastline and the possibility of sailing in a spectacular lake. It also has interior paths for strolling and a cycle lane.
Torremolinos has one of the most important water parks on the Costa del Sol, Aqualand, which is one of the favourite attractions of tourists travelling with their families and youngsters thanks to its numerous attractions.
Next to Aqualand we have Crocodile Park, where you can see 260 specimens of these reptiles and the pine forests of Torremolinos where you can enjoy nature.
Apart from its magnificent beaches, leisure areas and restaurants, Torremolinos has an important historical heritage:
- The tower of Pimentel or tower of Los Molinos. It was built by the Nasrids around the year 1300 as part of the defensive towers of the old kingdom of Granada and is currently registered as an Asset of Cultural Interest.
- The House of the Navajas. This is a residential palace whose interior is inspired by the Alhambra in Granada and which, after its remodelling and reopening in 2014, has become one of the most highly valued enclaves by tourists and has been declared of Historical Interest. Located by the sea, tourists can also contemplate the monument to the Beaches.
- The churches of San Miguel and Virgen del Carmen are worth a visit.
- It also has the sculpture of the Rape of Europa, the statue of Picasso or the monument to the Tourist.
For sports lovers, Torremolinos has great sports facilities, the Olympic swimming pool “Virgen del Carmen”, and the riding centre El Ranchito.
In the vicinity of the sports village “Ciudad de Torremolinos” you will also find the auditorium “Príncipe de Asturias” and the bullring.
For nightlife there are many establishments on the beach in the areas of Playamar, Los Alamos and in the very centre of Torremolinos we have the Plaza de Nogalera with a wide range of bars and nightclubs, one of the most important “LGTBI friendly” tourist centres in Europe.