While Marbella may currently be the most discussed place on the Coast, Torremolinos is, and perhaps always will be, the workhorse of the Costa. Every year more tourists stay in this town's resorts than anywhere else and when Málaga airport receives its tens of thousands of visitors each week during the summer period, the majority head straight for this location.
Torremolinos is the oldest resort on the Coast and was the place, which made this part of the world famous back in the 60s and 70s for its long hot summers and beautiful surroundings. With over 325 days of sunshine a year and a mean average temperature of 22°C it is no surprise that "Torrie" attracts more than 2 million visitors every year.
The history of the area reaches further back than even the Phoenicians, since remains of cave people have been found in grottos nearby. In fact this part of the Coast has been popular with all the cultures that passed through it over the centuries, due to its great hunting conditions and wealth of natural resources.
The name of the town has been adapted from the tower, which stands at the end of Calle San Miguel, named in a decree in the year 1497 as the 'Torre de los Molinos', although today it is better known as the Torre de Pimintel.
Located only 10 minutes away from the international airport of Málaga and with first-rate road and rail connections to the rest of the Coast it is well positioned and allows trouble free travel around the area.
The excellent climate allows for all sorts of activities whether you enjoy golf, swimming, tennis, paddle tennis, lawn bowls, horse riding and water sports.
Torremolinos is not short of restaurants either and within the relatively small area of the town there are over 500 bars and eating places, the highest concentration anywhere on the Coast.
The nightlife too, is nothing short of spectacular with Calle San Miguel proving one of the most popular spots. Torremolinos has many clubs but the best is Palladium, a multi-storey building that boasts three floors of music with guest DJ's and a central swimming pool into which everybody seems to fall, whether they expected to or not! Torremolinos is also the favourite location for gay visitors to Spain and Calle San Miguel also has many "trannie" bars, many with drag shows.
The town is well known for its fiestas and many occur throughout the year. Two of the best are the Día de San Miguel, the town's patron saint, whose benevolence is massively celebrated and the 'día de Pescado', a tradition of the fishing community in which they prepare a massive meal of fried fish and donate it to the town. It certainly is a terrific way of making locals and visitors aware of the contribution, which the fishermen have made to Torremolinos.
Torremolinos was beginning to show its age, but much rebuilding and facelifting is going on to regenerate the resort. It is a remarkably friendly and lively town, which still serves as a great family location, offering plenty of activities at a reasonable price.