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The seaside resort of Torremolinos is one of the best-known resorts in southern Spain. Although it has not always had the best image. However, thankfully, in the last few years it has outgrown its tacky image and evolved into a mature and exciting resort.
It is situated just 7 kilometer’s from the city of Malaga and its international airport. Also the attractive resort of Benalmadena, are its it neighbor’s.
The area dates back to prehistoric times. It is true that human man skulls and evidence of bronze age inhabitation have been found in limestone caves. This was in the mountains that you can see from the town.
Torremolinos first became popular in 1498. This was when The Catholic Kings and their troops stopped here during the siege of Malaga. The name was originally Molinos del Torre (The Tower Mills) hence the name Torremolinos. Finally the town evolved as a busy fishing port. Consequently there is still, a small fishing industry in Torromolinos today.
There is always a happy fun atmosphere in the town. This obviously appeals to both young and old visitors alike, hence the popularity. There is an abundance of shops and boutiques. First of all the best place to head for is the main pedestrianised street of Calle San Miguel. Here is where shops line up to sell you goods of all kinds.
The town is also awash with colour in the summer. This is because there are over a thousand species of trees and flowers that are planted in and around the towns streets, plazas and parks.
The old fishing district of El Bajondillo is at the end of Calle San Miguel. This is at the bottom of a steep flight of stairs. It is here where you will find some excellent seafood restaurants, souvenir shops. Just below that street is the beach of El Bajondillo.
The seafront promenade of Torremolinos stretches all the way to Benalmadena Marina. This is a pleasant evening stroll. On this walk you will pass the old fishing village of La Carihuela.
There is a lesser-known area in Torremolinos called El Calvario. This is located to the north of the main road and is a quieter urban zone. There are some cute traditional bars here. It is true to say that this is where you can mix with the locals and get away from the main crowds.
There are six beaches in Torremolinos within its municipality. Furthemore all the beaches have golden clean sands. There are lots of facilities which include restaurants and water sports.
Furtemore the 7-kilometre promenade that backs the beaches is perfect for an evening stroll. This also takes you through the quaint fishing village of La Carihuela. You finally arrive at The Marina at Benalmadena The Mariana is fantastic and has won awards for being the best Marina in the world.
There are some interesting art galleries and museums in Torremolinos itself. However the real beauty of the town is its close proximity to the capital city of Malaga. Here you can enjoy a wide assortment of cultural attractions. This includes the Picasso Museum and Alcazabar Fortress.
Torremolinos is part of the Costa del Golf. Hence you won’t go far without finding a golf course. Close to Torremolinos are the courses of Guadalhorce, Lauro Golf, Alhaurin Golf and Torrequebrada.
Because this modern resort is teeming with bars and restaurants, you definitely won’t go hungry. There are good price tapas options, seafood diners and also the typical beach chiringuitos of the Costa del Sol.
There are also lots of international options. This varies from typical Brit grub to pizzas, Chinese, Indian and much more.
Finally Torremolinos enjoys a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and warm winters. Probably it is the cooling breezes from the sea that make the summer heat manageable. The temperatures average 32 ºC during the summer.