Renowned as a popular Costa Del Sol destination for decades, Torremolinos has regenerated itself over the last few years and now has an array of attractions to entice holidaymakers. Located just 7km south of Malaga airport, this vibrant resort is set between Malaga bay and the majestic Sierra de Mijas mountain range, offering a particularly spectacular backdrop for your Spanish getaway. Laze on golden sands by day and experience bustling bars and restaurants by night – you’ll find it all on your Torremolinos holidays.
For those in search of some winter sun, a trip to Torremolinos could be just the ticket. A typical Mediterranean climate means that this resort experiences long, hot and dry summers followed by mild winters – perfect for a much-needed dose of vitamin D and relief from rainy British weather.
Its beaches are the main attraction and with six main sandy strips, you’ll find somewhere to settle yourself and enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the sedate beauty of Los Alamos beach with its pleasant breeze and tropical palm trees or for those feeling more energetic, head to Playamar during your holidays in Torremolinos to indulge in a myriad of water sports – everything from jet-skiing to surfing.
Torremolinos isn’t all about the beach though. For those seeking an adrenaline fix, head for Aqualand, the largest waterpark in the whole of Andalucia. A great place to take the little ones to expend their energy, you’ll make plenty of memories as they zoom down slides and embark on thrill-inducing rides. Travel inland to the beautiful Sierra Mountains and explore the charm of the traditional town of Mijas with its white-washed buildings or take a jaunt along the coast to the cosmopolitan resort of Marbella to indulge in its excellent shopping opportunities.
If you’ve got the little ones with you, you’ll be pleased to find that Torremolinos holidays have a wealth of family attractions to enjoy. The Sea Life Aquarium is a great place to visit if you fancy relief from the sunshine, with crabs and starfish as well as rays and sharks. Nearby, you’ll find the Costa del Sol’s biggest theme park, Tivoli World. Here, there is an array of rides and attractions, regular concerts and flamenco shows. Those looking for a memorable experience should visit El Ranchito riding stables in La Colina – an equestrian show is held here on a weekly basis.
If you’re looking to refuel after all the excitement found on Torremolinos holidays, head to the seafront promenade. Known for its beachside bars and seafood restaurants, you’ll find everything from authentic Spanish cuisine to British classics, so you’re guaranteed to find something to cater to your tastes.
If golfing in the sun is your favourite way to relax, then Torremolinos boasts an array of 18-hole courses to suit your every putting need. Try the Parador del Golf, one of the oldest courses for a cheap visit that will suit amateur golfers. Or for a more picturesque setting, visit the Lauro Golf Course that sits adjacent to the Sierra de Mijas Mountains for unforgettable views.
Walk or ride to take in the breathtaking views that Torremolinos has to offer. Ensure you have your camera to hand when biking through the mountains. There is a vast choice of rental outlets on the beaches so shop around to get the best three-day deal. The promenade that spans the six beaches is a great way to explore Torremolinos and become acquainted with the locals.
Inject a sense of spontaneity into your holiday with an afternoon filled with sphereing. This once in a lifetime activity will see you rolling down a magnificent hill in a giant inflatable ball. Try an aqua sphere for two, for a seriously fun-filled splash around. Rock climbing is a great alternative for the adrenaline junkie. Spend two days at the Multi Pitch Fork Climbing Course to learn everything a rock climber needs to know. The price also includes accommodation, food and airport transfers.
Torremolinos has several parks and public gardens that are a great alternative to the beach. With vast, open spaces and the exotic trees offering much-needed shades, they can be the perfect setting for a game of rounders or football. Or if tennis is more your sport of choice, stay at the Sol Timor Apartments, which have two courts to choose from.
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Los Alamos, El Saltillo and Montemar beaches are all extremely popular with holidaymakers in Torremolinos. Los Alamos stretches over 900 metres and offers the perfect location for sunbathing and paddling in the warm sea. El Saltillo is a little livelier because of its wide array of amenities. It's also a great beach for surfing or playing a round of volleyball. Soft, fine sands can be found on Montemar beach, which is located on the western side of Torremolinos. More of a family haven, this beach has a variety of more subdued beach activities to enjoy.
La Carihuela, Playamar and Bajondilo are great beaches for the family to enjoy. If it's simplicity, sun and sand you're after then venture to one of these three beaches while in Torremolinos. All offer a great choice of cafés, sunbeds, children's play areas and car parks. Each beach offers fantastic opportunities to explore the open sea, whether you're sailing or peddling out on a pedalo.
Torremolinos’ beaches are all well-stocked with places to grab an afternoon snack or an ice-cold beverage. Locally known as Chiringuitos, these small bars are available across all six of Torremolinos' beaches and will give you a well-earned break from the scorching sun.
The beaches at Torremolinos are a haven for water sports and activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Try windsurfing, water-skiing or kayaking if you're feeling adventurous or stay safe with a pedalo and a banana-boat ride.
Torremolinos is renowned for its seafood restaurants and traditionally served tapas. The old fishing village boasts superb restaurants that offers all kinds of fish but be sure to stop by Bodega Quitapenas. Ensure you arrive early to secure a seat before the locals pour in because this tucked away tapas joint offers reasonably priced local wine to complement their all-seafood menu.
For some much-needed retail therapy stroll along the Calle San Miguel. This popular, pedestrian-only shopping street is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon people-watching and nipping in and out of the small shops. If you get a little peckish and need a break, take afternoon tea at L'Epanta and indulge in one of their delicious desserts.
For a romantic evening in Torremolinos, start with a meal at the Normandie Brassierie. This restaurant has been open since the early 1960s and serves sumptuous steaks and the freshest of fish. To walk off all the red wine, take a sunset stroll along the famous promenade. With shops and ice cream cafés open late, you can enjoy each other's company while soaking in some cultured atmosphere on a warm summer's evening.
Torremolinos offers numerous bars and nightclubs perfect for a wild night out. The Palladium and Pipers are located opposite one another and will have you dancing into the early hours. Let your hair down at El Open Arms for a night of karaoke. This place is always busy, so be prepared to find a table and stay the night.
Torremolinos has plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained throughout your stay. Whether it's crazy golf, cycling, ten-pin bowling or spending the day scuba diving, you're sure to be spoilt for choice when deciding how to spend your days.
Tivoli World is a great day out for the kids. This lively fun park is bursting with rides, spectacular shows aimed at children of all ages and themed bars and restaurants. Only a short bus ride away from Torremolinos, you can all explore the vast array of activities on offer.
A great day out for kids who love underwater adventures, the Sea Life Aquarium is home to a plethora of different species of fish, sharks, giant moray eels, sea turtles, sea horses and rays. The touch pool area and the feeding demonstrations are both popular attractions with children who want to interact with the marine life more and get a chance to hold sea life like starfish.
Containing more than 300 crocodiles, the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos will throw you in the deep end. Observe some of the world's dangerous, yet fascinating, creatures and even get a chance to hold some of the baby crocodiles that are bred within the park.