The popular coastal town of Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol lies next to the attractive resort of Benalmadena and located just 7km west of Málaga airport.
In the last few years it has been transformed and evolved into a mature and exciting resort with great beaches, restaurants, shops, boutiques and golf courses.
Attracting many thousands of holidaymakers each year, the town has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, due to its great, infrastructure, facilities on offer and close proximity to the airport.
Torremolinos is sat on the Southern coast of Spain meaning it offers a glorious subtropical Mediterranean climate. Long hot summer days and mild winters makes it an attractive destination to visit all year round, especially for us golfers.
Our advice when booking a golfing holiday is that you should think about avoiding the hottest months of July and August. These months see soaring temperatures, making it less fun being out on the golf course.
In our opinion, the best months to play golf in and around Torremolinos are April, May, June, September and October.
If you are coming to Spain and Torremolinos to play golf in the Costa del Sol, you won’t be disappointed. This area is surrounded by some of the best golf courses in southern Spain and in close proximity to Torremolinos.
Head a couple of miles east out of Torremolinos and you will reach Torrequebrada golf, considered to be one of the best courses on the Costa del Sol. The course has had the honour of hosting the Spanish open and featured in our recent blog post, 8 Best Golf Courses in Malaga.
There are many other great courses to play on the Costa del Sol, all within easy reach. See our Costa del Sol golf courses page for a full list.
Nightlife, Restaurants and Bars
Torremolinos is well known for its lively nightlife, which includes, nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
If it’s nightclubs you are looking for head to Calle San Miguel in the centre of town. This section is known as La Nogalera and is home to most of the town’s nightclubs.
Torremolinos also has a great selection of restaurants, from takeaways to fine dining, there is something to suit every taste. You can choose from Chinese, Italian, Indian, Japanese authentic Spanish and seafood. If you are fond of fast food, you will be pleased to know that there is a McDonald’s and Burger King close by.
The town’s old quarters, known as El Calvario, is a must for any visitor who wants to enjoy the relaxing ambience of a postcard image of Torremolinos. Traditional Bodegas and Tapas bars can be found on every corner and most have walls covered with photographs and newspaper cuttings depicting the towns past history.
Bar La Fuente, Bar La Bahia and Bar La Botica are three traditional Spanish café bars that usually offer a free tapa to accompany your drink. But those with more of an appetite will also find they will be spoilt for choice with the vast range of tapas and snacks available on the menu.
There are also bars aplenty if you fancy just popping out for a drink. Irish, Dutch, English and Spanish bars are scattered around the town so you are never far away from a watering hole.
Torremolinos’ picturesque coastline has six main beaches: Los Alamos, Playamar, Bajondillo, La Carihuela, Montemar and El Saltillo. The seafront promenade, Paseo Maritimo runs for 7 km meaning all the beaches are linked. Each beach is characterized by the variety of activities and many services they offer.
Its beaches are among the most spectacular in the region and the sand itself is clean and well looked after, while the clear waters are ideal for swimming. Here is a taster of what’s on offer at just three of the six beaches in Torremolinos.
Playa La Carihuela is the largest beach in Torremolinos, being approximately 2,100 metres wide and 40 metres long. Even though it is the largest, it is probably also the most popular and most crowded beach during the high-season and parking during the busy months of June to August can be tricky.
This beach offers ideal swimming conditions with its sheltered, clear, and shallow waters. It also offers an extensive list of amenities such as sunbed hire, disabled access, water equipment hire, play areas for kids, toilets, showers and lifeguard attendance. This makes it a great beach for families and friends alike.
The promenade that runs along the beaches is one of the busiest areas in Torremolinos; stop off at one of the many beach bars and grab a bite to eat and be sure to sample some of the Costa del Sol’s amazing fresh seafood! Affordable prices to suit everyone!
Playa El Bajondillo is the most central beach situated between Playamar and La Carihuela and is easily accessible from the old town, Casco Antiguo. The 1100 m stretch of beach has all the amenities you need including day beds, beach umbrellas, showers, toilets, food, drinks and water equipment rental like pedal boats, jet-skis, banana boats, kayaks and canoes. There are also playgrounds for the children to enjoy and volleyball courts for those feeling a bit more energetic!
Just behind the waterfront, you will find beach bars, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Playa de Montemar lays close to the Plaza del Remo. The first thing that you will notice is the different green areas with palm trees and grass.
With soft, fine sands and clear, calm waters, this beach is known for its fun recreational activities. These include water bikes, sea canoes and pedalos, all available to rent from nearby hire shops.
The promenade here is slightly more tranquil as there are no shops, but you will find plenty of beach bars that extend all along the Torremolinos seafront.
The Estacion de Autobus, or bus station in Torremolinos is not actually a bus station, but a bus lay-by on Calle Hoyo 8. This is located opposite the Hospital de Dia and near the junction with Plaza de las Añpujjaras. There is a small kiosk to purchase bus tickets.
There is a wide bus network that provides services throughout the town. Fast, comfortable and cheap, bus lines connect Torremolinos with other towns on the Costa del Sol such as Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella. Depending on the line and the time of year, usual running times for buses are between 08.00 am and 22.00 pm.
Image courtesy of Guy Percival
When you are not on the golf course, sampling water sports at the beach or enjoying the great nightlife, you will have plenty of time to enjoy everything else the Costa del Sol has to offer.
Below is a list of just a handful of things you can see and do, in and around Torremolinos.
Jardín Botánico Molino de Inca –
Parque la Batería –
Crocodile Park – https://www.cocodrilospark.com/en/
Aqualand – https://www.aqualand.es/torremolinos/en/
Selwo Marina – https://www.selwomarina.es/en
Tivoli World Amusement Park – https://www.tivoli.es/en/
Casa de los Navajas – https://turismotorremolinos.es/en/discover/places-of-interest/los-navajas-house/
Benalmadena Marina (Pictured) – https://www.puertomarinashopping.es/home
Important Phone Numbers
Golf 4U Spain – +34 607 344 231
The British Consulate (Madrid) – +34 915 249 700
National Police (Policía Nacional) – 091 (No area code required)
Local Police (Policía Local) – 092 (No area code required)
Ambulance – 112 (No area code required)
Report a crime (In English) – +34 902 102 112
If you lose your passport, you will need an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) – https://www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document
Featured image courtesy of manuelfloresv on Flickr