Activities & Attractions
So much to discover when you tour Torremolinos
An instant indication of Torremolinos’s beauty is in its golden coastline. Its beaches stretch for over five miles in total, with each region having its own stunning shore. That means no matter where you’re having your holidays in Torremolinos you’ll never be far from a shoreline of light golden sand and crystalline waters.
The regions themselves come with a character of their own. So you may find that you love the tourist facilities and British restaurants in built-up Playamar or the relaxing beachside vibe of El Bajondillo. On the other hand, maybe you’ll prefer the traditional pastel coloured townhouses in La Carihuela, which was the location of the original fisherman’s village. Whilst it shouldn’t be forgotten that Montemar is on lies very close to neighbouring Benalmadena, giving you easy access to both resorts.
But regardless, if you choose to stay in Torremolinos throughout your holidays you’ll still have plenty to do. Family activities range from waterparks to zoos, whilst the frenetic nightlife in the centre of the resort easily outrivals anywhere else on the Costa del Sol. A combination of relaxing beaches, idyllic old towns, fun activities and lively bars? Together they’re what makes holidays in Torremolinos appealing to everyone, and not just celebrities.
Fun family activities abound in Torremolinos
Arising from the 1980s as a fully revitalised resort, Torremolinos has developed a strong family focus, epitomised in its range of activities and attractions. For example, the nearby Crocodile Park will have adults just as amazed as children. Walk inside the grounds and you’ll see over 200 crocodiles and alligators of all shapes and sizes, as well as slightly tamer terrapins and ducks. It’s best to wait for a free guided tour while you’re in the zoo, as your guide will actually get in the enclosure with the crocodiles! Plus, at the end of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to hold a baby crocodile with its jaws taped safely shut.
Following on with the family-themed activities, Aqualand is an incredibly popular waterpark thanks to its spacious size. It’s the biggest waterpark in the Costa del Sol, and features 12 colourful slides and rides as well as a children’s watery playground, 3 pools and a sea lion show. Being set amongst acres of greenery and arid sloping mountains in the distance makes this waterpark even more attractive.
On the subject of pleasant green spaces, one of the nicest places to spend a sunny afternoon in Torremolinos is at the Parque La Bateria, or Battery Park in English. It was transformed from overgrown woodland into a pristine landscaped park as part of the Torremolinos renovation programme. The rusted old machine gun cannons found in the woodland were kept as a stylish design feature, hence the name Battery Park. But today what you’ll love most about the park is its shimmering artificial lake, ornate fountains and trim green hedges.
Andalusíans are also proud of their heritage of horsemanship, which is why you can visit a fantastic horse show during holidays in Torremolinos. El Ranchito puts on an impressive exhibition every Wednesday, named Ritmo a Caballo (rhythm on horseback), where you’ll see black uniformed riders on elegant white horses dancing in the dust.
But if it’s simply amazing views you’re looking for (with a splash of history for good measure), you should head to the Pimentel Tower. Made of weathered, yellowed stone, this 14th century landmark wears its age proudly. Climb to the top and you’ll be rewarded with an astounding panoramic of the surrounding seaside. You may even be able to see the nearby resorts of Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella.
International dining for varied eating experiences
Torremolinos has a huge number of restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the globe, so it’s certain you’ll find something you love. It’s certainly worth trying out the local specialities though, as Andalusian flavours are particularly varied and vibrant. A popular classic is the espetos - skewered sardines cooked over an open-air coal fire for a lovely charred taste. As with the rest of Spain, the sweet succulence of dry-cured pork often makes an appearance, whilst the region is famed for the quality of its rich sherry. Be sure to try pescaito frito too, it’s deep fried fish often served as a delicious snack at beachside stalls. If these authentic dishes sound appealing, you should head to the La Carihuela district as it has a more traditional atmosphere and a larger choice of Spanish and tapas restaurants.
But if you’re spending most of your time in Playamar or El Bajondillo, you’ll notice that British tastes are just as amply catered for. Prices are pretty cheap in this part of Spain too, so you should be able to get a great value roast dinner or all-day breakfast. And the ever-popular Menu del Dia (Menu of the Day) is something you should always look out for, as you can often get three courses and a drink for a very low set price.
You’ll find that international cuisine is represented well during your holidays in Torremolinos, and Indian, Italian and Chinese buffet restaurants are all in abundance. Indeed, one of the most popular restaurants in the entire resort is Nepalese, which just proves the variety of dishes on offer.
And if you’re feeling hungry, how about heading to the beach? It may not sound like the first location on your mind for an evening meal, but chiringuitos, or beachfront restaurants in English, are famed in Torremolinos. You’ll get to try all sorts of unbelievably fresh seafood, whilst some even have plush white beds and sofas for relaxing on after your meal.
Perhaps you’re looking for all inclusive holidays in Torremolinos
instead? Not a problem. Stay at the Hotel Puente Real
or the Marconfort Griego Hotel
and all your food and drinks will be included. It’ll certainly mean you save on your budget, especially if your having your holidays as a family.
A beach for every district
When it comes to beaches, Torremolinos tends to marry up their names with the districts of each one, which is handy considering there is over 5 miles of coastline within the resort! So for instance, if you’re staying in Playamar and you head directly for the coastline, you’ll notice you’re at Playamar Beach, and so on. Playamar beach is actually one of the most popular stretches of shoreline in Torremolinos, but then that’s understandable since Playamar has been built up especially for tourists. And whilst it’s lined with huge high-rise hotels, the wide strip of fine light sand and thatched parasols give you plenty here to enjoy.
Montemar Beach has a similar variety of indulgently soft sand that feels smooth and warm underfoot. In fact, the sand is so powdery, it’s perfectly possible to laze directly on your towel rather than having to hire out a sun bed. Montemar Beach is known for its attractions out to sea too, and there’s a great choice of watersports here, from pedaloes to sea canoes and banana boats. If this beach sounds like the one for you, why not stay at Riu Nautilus with Jet2holidays. It’s just 10m from Montemar Beach, plus as the beach adjoins neighbouring Benalmadena, you can enjoy the pleasures of both resorts from your hotel.
Close to the more traditional side of Torremolinos, La Carihuela Beach also has a big choice of watersports. But you’ll be just as happy staying on dry sand here as the beach is incredibly wide and long, making it ideal for large families who may need the extra space for sunbathing together.
Bajondillo Beach is also one of the wider beaches in Torremolinos, stretching for over 1km with a 50m width. It also has the same fine golden sand, while Torremolinos’s reputation as a top holiday resort for over 50 years ensures that all modern facilities are here too. Out to sea, snorkelling and scuba diving is popular here, thanks to the combination of crystal clear waters and vibrant marine life.
Last but not least, the quieter beachside district of Los Alamos has its own stretch of shoreline. At 900m in length, it’s a little shorter than the others, although it’s still by no means small. The refreshing breeze this beach enjoys means that it’s also more popular with kite surfers for the stronger winds out to sea.
Wild nights or traditional evenings out
It’s not for nothing that Torremolinos is known as the liveliest nightlife resort on the Costa del Sol. Most of the action is centred on Avenida Palma de Mallorca and Calle San Miguel, two long street lined with buzzing bars and clubs. Pedestrianised Calle San Miguel even doubles up as the main shopping street during the day, but by night it completely transforms with loud music and trendy crowds. Two of the best nightspots in this area are Palladium and Fun Beach. And the fact that Palladium is open from 3am-9am will show you how long the parties can last here! Whilst Fun Beach encourages everyone to dress up quirkily in swimwear to amplify the fun.
But it’s not all about partying hard in Torremolinos. In particular, the resort of Playamar has a real ‘Blackpool in the sun’ vibe with entertaining cabaret bars and live music. By offering everything from comedy to dance and piano performances, Pipers and Eugenio’s are great examples of how you can have a great evening out as a family without worrying about getting caught up with the party animals! Another case in point is the Taberna Flamenca Pepe Lopez show, just off the main strip of Av Palma de Mallorca. Being a flamenco dancing show, it’s much more traditional in nature with smooth Spanish singing and guitar music and the rhythmic tap of dancers in flowing red gowns.
And for an even more peaceful evening out you could choose a sedate stroll along the Torremolinos Marina. The network of whitewashed apartments built upon the water here are lit up beautifully at night, and there are some stylish bars and seafood restaurants to choose from too. Continue to wander along the wide, clean promenade and you’ll eventually reach neighbouring Benalmadena. Its side of the harbour has been voted the ‘best marina in the world’, and its a great place to admire the gleaming white yachts anchored on the water’s edge. Drinks here are also comparatively cheap considering the exclusive marina setting.