Everyone thinks they know Torremolinos. The famous seaside resort has been popular with European expats for decades, and won a reputation in the 1980s and 1990s as a cheap and cheerful holiday destination. Its enviable location on the Costa del Sol, long sandy beaches, array of fresh seafood, and buzzing nightlife have made it popular with families, couples, and 18- to 30-year olds alike. But in recent years, the city has grown up a bit. It has embraced its tourist potential without losing its Spanish charm, and the beaches have never been cleaner. Visit the La Carihuela fishing district for a glimpse of the old Andalusian ways of life, or dance the night away at one of the many bars, pubs, and clubs. There are high-end resorts as well as cheaper package options, making it a perennial favourite for holidaymakers on any budget.
Location: A classic mix of sun, sea, and sand.
The main draw of Torremolinos is its location. Just 12 km from the busy Málaga Airport, it is incredibly easy to get to from pretty much anywhere in Europe. Torremolinos stretches out across the Costa del Sol on Spain’s famous southern coast, with golden sandy beaches leading into the warm Mediterranean Sea. This classic combination of sun, sea, and sand has seen Torremolinos grow from a small fishing village to a dynamic city over the past 50 years.
Business: A roaring trade in tourism
There is one big business in Torremolinos: tourism. The city has a disproportionate number of restaurants and bars in an effort to cater to a fleeting clientele who just want to have a good time. The nightlife in Torremolinos attracts young people from all over Spain, and the city has a particularly great reputation among the LGBT community.
Culture: Exposing Andalusia’s natural charm
Torremolinos is a typically Andalusian city in many ways - there is an abundance of seafood and sangria, and everyone will receive the laid back but friendly Spanish welcome. Fishing was once the main industry here, and a few old fishing villages can still be found just a few miles down the coast.
Activities: Make a splash
Torremolinos is a veteran of the tourist industry, and there is seemingly no end to the variety of activities on offer. The Aqualand waterpark is a favourite with children, while adults can make the most of the warm waters by taking part in the many water sports on offer along the sea front.