Torremolinos is three kilometres from Malaga airport and just a little over an hours drive from Sierra Nevada Ski Resort.It has been a favourite location for many civilisations including the Phoenicions and Romans.During the 1920’s it was a simple farming and seafaring community.The mass tourist boom of the 50’s and 60’s put it on the map and it became a favourite of the British criminals who enjoyed Spain’s reluctance to conclude extradition treaties.
One of the few legacies of Torremolinos’ past is an Islamic watchtower at the foot of ‘Calle San Miguel’, once known as the ‘Torre de las Malinos’ (Tower of the Mills) It is surrounded by narrow winding lanes that meander up towards the commercial retail centre of the town.
Nature lovers will enjoy walking through the parks gardens and pine woods in the Torremolinos foothills on the lower gradients of the Sierra De Mijas hill range.
There are 6 beaches; Los Alamos, Playamar, El Bajondillo, La Carihuela, Montemar and El Saltillo which combine together to make up 7km’s of sandy coastline.A large number of local dishes can be tasted at the numerous beach bars and pavement cafes, whilst those seeking international cuisine will not be disappointed by the 250 international restaurants scattered around the town.
A bustling nightlife is interspersed by street entertainers.There is a big gay and transvestite scene with most of the gay bars located of ‘Calle Nogalera’.
A quarter of a million tourists join the 36,000 residents, with over 70 hotels offering 34,000 beds on a daily basis, 40% of the total bed space on the Costa Del Sol.
In recent years the city has made attempts at providing green areas around the concrete high rises, but essentially Torremolinos remains a bustling crowded holiday resort.