La Feria de la Carihuela.
Every town in Spain celebrates its own feria and even different areas in Torremolinos celebrate their own feria, thus the feria in La Carihuela is held on the 15th-18th of July and lasts for a couple of days. The feria of Torremolinos is then held on the 29th of September. As with all ferias in Spain there is food and drink, dancing and singing at a feria ground "Recinto ferial". At the feria ground there is also a tivoli. In La Carihuela there was only a small tivoli, but in Malaga for example there was the largest tivoli ever. But the concept is the same, people dress up in Flamenco clothes and celebrate.
The feria of La Carihuela is held to celebrate "Virgen del Carmen" see my tip on that.
The feria of La Carihuela is held by the end of Calle Bulto by Plaza del Remo.
Something for everyone
A receptionist at the Apartamentos Bajondillo recommended this restaurant, just a short stroll along the Paseo Mairitimo from the apartments, so our group of 15 headed there for dinner on Friday evening. We got a friendly welcome and tables were quickly rearranged to seat us together. The menu here is a mix of Spanish (tapas) and international, but the theme, slightly oddly, appears to be Polynesian or similar, with a colourful fish tank, shellfish murals and other tropical island motifs. Chris and I had eaten a late lunch so wanted something reasonably light, which both our choices proved to be. Chris’s goats cheese ravioli was pronounced to be the prettiest dish of the evening, beautifully arranged on its slate platter. He found it tasty but would have been disappointed with the small size of the portion if he had been any hungrier. My salmon in a spinach sauce was colourful, and the fish was good, though I was disappointed not to be able to taste the promised ginger among all the other flavours. With the cover (olives and tortilla chips with a dip), a large draft beer for Chris and a bottle of San Miguel for me, we paid 40€ with service for our two meals – not cheap for the amount we ate but reasonable for the quality.
Other choices were pizzas (which looked excellent), burgers, salads, tuna, other pasta dishes, duck and more.
Hotel Melia Costa del Sol Restaurant
The hotel offers an a la care restaurant with extensive buffets serving a variety from the regional area. It is open from 7.00am to 10.30am for breakfast which is pretty good and from 7.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner. There is also the cafeteria La Proa for light snacks and drinks both inside and on an outdoor terraced area.
Plaza San Miguel
Plaza San Miguel was renovated last year to create this pleasant Square.
It is named after the nearby Church, which is dedicated to Saint Michael (San Miguel - the Patron Saint of Torremolinos) It was closed at this visit, but I returned later, when it was open
This Plaza is the site for the annual Feria/ Fair to honour San Miguel held Wednesday until Saturday during the last week of September. The festivities involve sampling local food and drink (Including the local beer named after this Saint whose brewery is near to Malaga Airport)
Musicians, Flamenco Dancing, Childrens Fun Fair, puppet Shows and culminates in Bull Fighting on the Sunday at the Towns Bull Ring - Plaza de Torros to the North of the Town.
On the Wednesday, a Procession leaves San Miguel Arcángel church in Plaza de la Independencia, following an offering of flowers, and proceeds to San Miguel Plaza, then the festivities move to the El Pozuelo Fair grounds at night, which I think is near the Bull Ring
The Square is surrounded by attractive canopied shops, white washed or painted buildings, ornate ironwork lamp posts - especially the one in pic 3, with its 8 lamps, and tiled base.
The plaza floor is tiled with small terracotta and decorative tiles.
Leading off the Plazza in different directions are the streets of ;
* Calle Cuesto del Tajo, which exits near the Tower, and leads down to the Bajondillo Apartments (I'll cover this later)
* Calle Santos Archangel Which leads to the Carmen de la Playa and the steps to the beach
*Calle San Miguel - The main shopping street of Torremolinos, which is where we exit....
If you don’t feel like or are not able to handle the stairs, you can take the elevator for a small fee. The elevator operates during limited hours during the morning and afternoon and at the bottom end it is not easily seen as is set back a bit from the road and around the side of the cliff up some steps.