Not simply a classic Spanish beach getaway, Torremolinos also combines spectacular mountain scenery with speedy access into the bustling city of Malaga.
Holidays in Torremolinos
Torremolinos is barely recognisable from its fishing village roots nowadays, drawing in thousands of holidaymakers each and every year given the clean sandy beaches, year-round warmth and family-friendly attractions. Cast in the shadow of Monte Palomas, this white-washed mountainside community sits prettily between rocky highlands and the Mediterranean.
Only 14 minutes from Malaga Airport by road, Spain’s sixth biggest city represents a fantastic day trip close by although Torremolinos is bursting with many attractions in her own right. Families will fall in love with Aqualand and the town’s Crocodile Park while couples can walk hand in hand at Molino de Inca – Torremolinos’ botanical garden.
That’s not forgetting the tremendous Hawaiian style beach - Playa El Bajondillo – that is a wonderful stretch of sand fringed by an extensive coastal promenade that stretches into neighbouring Malaga and Benalmadena. This ensures fantastic access to and from the nucleus of high-rise all-inclusive hoteliers.
Bathed in Costa del Sol sunshine all year round, the average summertime temperature in Torremolinos ranges from 22-26°C between June to August. Winter temperatures are still mild at 11-13°C from January to February ensuring Torremolinos is a year-round destination, even out of peak season.
For those looking to avoid any chance of rain however, mark off November and December where Torremolinos receives average rainfall of 88mm and 100mm during these two months.
Things to do on holiday in Torremolinos
Torremolinos is based a stone’s throw from the A-7 motorway that links Malaga and Gibraltar – both great day trips in their own right. That said, there are a range of fascinating pursuits to discover within the tourist town itself.
Uncover local points of interest
For those enraptured by local Andalusian culture, there are several noteworthy landmarks to tick off your sightseeing list in Torremolinos.
Arguably the most spectacular of all, Casa de los Navaja (the House of the Navajas) is a palatial-looking residence that proudly overlooks the Mediterranean on the cliff face guarding Playamar Beach. Stare in complete and utter appreciation at the Moorish revival architecture of a mansion that is now open to the public after receiving Historic Interest status in 1991.
And who could explore Torremolinos without visiting the site on which the town earned its name? Torre de Pimentel, which was originally entitled Torre Molinos (tower of the Mills) prior to Malaga rule in 1502, is the longstanding defense tower that once served to protect the Kingdom of Granada. Located at the end of the bustling Calle San Miguel street, it is an eye-catching marker point.
Then there is the Parish church of San Miguel Arcángel – the patron saint of Torremolinos. Merely a five-minute walk from the train station serving the town, this petite church is simply, yet wonderfully designed with a white-washed façade complete with two bell towers and stain-glassed windows.
Resorts in Torremolinos
Torremolinos’ hotels are based around the four beach resort communities of Playa El Bajondillo, Playa La Carihuela, Playamar Beach and Playa Los Alamos.
Watersports enthusiasts should head to Playamar Beach where a plethora of activities take place such as windsurfing, diving, kayaking and paddle boarding. On the beach itself, volleyball nets, thatched sun loungers and grassy sections mean this sandy stretch is as versatile as it is beautiful.
Playa El Bajondillo is the closest beach to Torremolinos old town and is a great choice for families, with a high concentration of convenience stores, bars, boutiques and restaurants along the seafront. This is not forgetting the spectacular panoramic views obtainable from the Calle San Miguel thoroughfare which winds itself down a cliff face to the beach.
For thriving nightlife during peak season, Playa La Carihuela is ideal for those looking to let their hair down. Sited next to Puerto Marina which actually belongs to Benalmadena, Chinese and Argentine-themed restaurants can be found here, not to mention lively bars such as Mombasa and Kaleido.
Then there is Playa Los Alamos where visitors can watch aeroplanes take off and land out of Malaga Airport. Typically quiet by day, the area is great for those looking to avoid the more crowded beaches of central Torremolinos.
Awesome family days out
Torremolinos packs a punch when it comes to invigorating family days out. Boasting the biggest water park on the entire Costa del Sol, Aqualand is the perfect way to beat the Spanish heat!
With slides and flumes fit for everyone from cautious swimmers to daredevils who’ll want to conquer Boomerang, this jungle of brightly-coloured tubes is sited amidst lush greenery and palms that also overlook a miniature golf course of 18 holes. While the park is extremely popular, 19 adult-based slides and 15 for kids ensure you won’t be queuing for long.
If that wasn’t enough, Torremolinos’ Crocodile Park sits right beside Aqualand with twin-park tickets allowing families to save money. This is anything but your average wildlife encounter with the complex housed inside a Saharan-style fortress. With more than 300 crocodiles calling this sanctuary home, make sure you stop by one of the daily exhibitions for a truly unique experience. Here, you’ll be able to marvel at Big Daddy – popularly believed to be Europe’s biggest croc!
Sample a snippet of paradise
Completing the cluster of fantastic outings attainable along Torremolinos’ N-340 trunk road, don’t miss out on stopping by Molino de Inca - the beautiful botanical gardens that belong to the town.
By no means the largest complex, there is still an overall feeling of detachment and seclusion from the rest of Torremolinos. Perfect for couples and honeymooners looking to spend a few relaxing hours out of town, marble statues, stone gullies and over 300 species of tree provide plenty of desirable photo opportunities.
Having constantly developed over the years, the Japanese Garden is one of Molino de Inca’s more recent additions. An extremely spiritual section of the park, bonsai trees and a tiny stilted cottage make visitors forget they are on Spain’s Costa del Sol.
Dig out your walking boots
It’s impossible to visit Torremolinos without recognising the grand peaks that surround the town. With Monte Palomas providing a domineering backdrop, hiking enthusiasts can actually scale the mountain itself.
With a four-mile route originating in nearby Alhaurin de la Torre, walkers will be able to appreciate the side of Monte Palomas that few holidaymakers witness on their travels. Taking around three hours to complete by foot, this straightforward route not only provides spectacular views as far as neighbouring Benalmadena and Malaga but also takes in varied scenery.
The best time to scale Monte Palomas is arguably in Spring whereby the valley is in full bloom with asparagus and olive trees located here, not to mention rosemary, sarsaparilla and spurge flax. Hiking in Torremolinos reveals an altogether different side to a destination that is so much more than a sun-kissed strip of sun loungers.
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