Torremolinos has managed to shrug off its former cheap and tacky, Brit’s abroad image to become a sleek and appealing resort perfect for a range of different sorts of holidays in Costa del Sol. Forget what you might think you know about Torremolinos, this is a fun, lively resort that is popular with a younger crowd looking for fun and yet has also managed to find a balance for a more relaxed and family friendly feel. Torremolinos has changed rapidly since its days as a sleepy fishing village in the early 1960s and offers fun day and night on holidays in Costa del Sol. It is known as a liberal and accepting place for all.
Torremolinos was definitely settled during the Roman times, as is evidenced by archaeological remains that have been found here, including those of a Roman necropolis. Though settlement here may go back much further and evidence found in local caves indicates that there was a village here during the Neolithic period. The settlement name of Torremolinos first appeared on a map in 1748. The name comes from the water mills that once covered this area. Now only one (Molina de Inca) and once tower which is now part of restaurant remain. While a few tourists had begun to trickle in by the 1930s, tourism here really boomed in the 1960s. The first gay bar in Spain was opened here in 1962, beginning a strong tradition of liberalism and a strong LGBT presence in the city that continues to this day. Torremolinos is a good option for LGBT holidays in Costa del Sol as well as for holidays in Costa del Sol for a range of other holidaymakers.
Aside from its sandy beaches, nightlife, shopping and entertainment options, Torremolinos is also known for Aqualand, a water theme park. Nearby are a Crocodile Park and botanical gardens at Molino de Inca. Of course, the beaches and shore front infrastructure are what most visitors come here for. The beaches offer a range of relaxation and recreational options for all types of holidaymaker.
Torremolinos has a range of shops offering goods at low prices to this could be a good place to seek out a bargain. There are also the normal range of high street shops to choose from. A massive new shopping and leisure facility is currently being built near the Aqualand attraction. No matter what you want to buy you will surely find it on this stretch of the Costa del Sol.
Food and Drink
Before you head to Torremolinos’s many vibrant bars and clubs to enjoy the nightlife, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. You can choose traditional Andalusian fare or simple international food from independent restaurants and from all the major chains. Seafood does, of course, feature heavily here, as it does all along the Costa del Sol. The famous restaurants on the beach (Chiringuitos) are great places to sample fresh fish. You will be able to dance the night away with a full stomach.