The patron saint of Torremolinos is St Michael and every year at the end of September, a 5 day festival is held in celebration of the Saint. There are lots of festivities and entertainment including bull fights. The highlight of the week is actually at the beginning of the festivities where pilgrims on horseback followed by tractors, oxen and horses pulling decorative floats form a procession from the town to Los Pinares. Here a mass is celebrated in the San Miguel Chapel in the honour of St Michael.
Not too far from our Apartamentos Bajondillo is located MOTO MERCADO which is an excellent place to rent a bicycle (bicicletas) or if you wish - motorbike.
They are located at Plaza de las Comunidades Autonomas, at the corner of the Paseo Maritimo and Avda. Del Lido.
They had a good selection of bikes and motorbikes / scooters / mopeds.
All ages starting at 16 can rent and of course you need a valid driver's licence.
Rental day is 24 hours and locks are supplied to you so you can keep it at your hotel overnight.
Price per day - Precio por dia (as of February 2008)
Bicycles - Bicicletas - Deposit 50 Euros 1 - 3 days 10 Euros 4 - 7 8 Euros 8+ - 6 Euros
50 c.c. Peugeot Squab - Deposit 100 Euros 1 - 3 days 25 Euros 4 - 7 20 Euros 8+ - 18 Euros
Other vehicles require a Credit Card as Deposit and range in price from 30 - 120 Euros per day.
Restaurante Le Jabega
A really nice Spanish restaurant just across the road from the beach. Service is good and you are even entertained by being serenaded as you eat. Some of their specialties are sailor monkfish, turbot in white wine.
Reasonably priced Internet in the center.
As we all know Internet at the hotels is very expensive, not that I am saying I came to Torremolinos to be on-line all the time, but one needs to be in contact with the "outside world" from time to time while on holiday. I found this Internet /phone service in the city center, right across the street from the Bus terminal. It is reasonably priced, 1 Euro for 1 hour, that is like 75% cheaper than at the hotel, so I was happy. If you are staying for a longer period in Torremolinos you can buy 5 hours for 4 euros, 10 hours for 8,5 euros and 15 hours for 12 euros. That is what I did when living in Torremolinos for 6 months. And the Internet connection was quick, there was nothing to complain about, so this is where I will be on rainy days on future trips to Torremolinos ;) Now, having said that, then it is said that days of sunshine are 320 in Torremolinos, so the chances of me being there on rainy days are not that great.
Playa de Montemar
This next section was my favourite stretch of beach, we had left Playa La Carihuela and drifted onto Playa de Montemar.
With its palmiere and colourful wooden boats, I was enticed off of the promenade to walk on the beach. One of lifes pleasures- strolling on a near deserted beach!
In summertime, water-bikes, pedaloes and canoes can be hired here. The sea here is usually quite calm.
Were we to have continued walking along the beach/Paseo Maritimo, we'd have come to Playa Del Saltillo, then Benalmadena, but instead we turned off at Calle Chile (At the mini golf) as we wanted to reccy Vinoteca El Elefante for tomorrows VT Meet lunch (Please see my Restaurant tips for more info)
Fed and watered, we returned to the beach, to take more photos of the boats etc. in the late afternoon sun. Sonya took my photo here with the boat, that is now my profile pic.
We then wandered back along the Paseo Maritimo, passing by the many cats at La Roca and back to the Bajondillo Apartments for afternoon tea, before meeting up with other VTers (including Hansi and Lori who had flown in a few hours previously) and spending the evening enjoying a nice meal at Tiki (More info in my Restaurant tips) -
Yes, eating does seem to feature quite a lot at this meet!