Torremolinos' Best Kept Secret
Hans and I absolutely loved the SOL PRINCIPITO. The hotel staff were friendly, always smiling and very helpful when we needed some information. The hotel was always buzzing with activity as there was so much to do there. The service was impeccable. The complex consisted of 170 apartments, where we were and the main hotel. There was 2 outdoor swimming pools and an indoor heated pool, 2 coffee shops, disco, T.V. room, card room,tennis court and entertainment lounge where there was nightly entertainment. Our cozy little apartment consisted of a balcony overlooking one of the two outdoor swimming pools, kitchenette , refrigerator, 2 electric burners , microwave and all the utensils needed to make your own meals. It had a double bed and the closets had plenty of space to put your things. Also there was a small eating and sitting area with T.V.
Supermarket - cheaper food - big selection.
Mercadona supermarket is where I do most of my shopping while in Torremolinos. It has got a wide selection of food and drink at a reasonable price. One of the supermarkets is off Avda de Benyamina, in the vicinity of Playa de Playamar and Hotel Principito Sol in between the big blocks of flats, looking like pillars. I would love to live in one of these blocks of flats one day :D
There are three other Mercadona supermarkets up in the city center, one right next to Calle San Miguel, just turn right as you come to the end of CSM and on your right hand side is Centro Entreplazas with a big Mercadona supermarket in the basement. The third one is a little further up in the city center. The fourth one is harder to find as it is hidden away up in the residential area, opposite the police station and City Hall.
Opening hours are Monday-Saturday from 9:15-21:15 and they don't close for siesta. Sundays is closed though. Food and drink and everything sold at supermarkets - at a much better price than in the stores by the beach or at the hotel. I would say that this is the cheapest supermarket chain in Torremolinos.
Sol Principito hotel - more pictures.
The theme in the garden is The Flintstones, a lovely theme for children.
Yes, and some adults love The Flintstones as well :D
The lovely fountains in the lobby.
The luxurious lobby.
One of the Internet locations with vending machines in the shopping arcade.
There is a shopping arcade in the hotel, connecting the two hotels, with a jeweller, a salon, and lovely shops with clothes and toys among many other things. Did I mention that I love this hotel? :D
The luxurious rest room in the lobby. Everything there is spotless.
"Our Spanish adventure begins"
We spent three glorious weeks in SPAIN ( January 31 to February 21, 2004 ). We stayed in an apartment in Torremolinos which was right across the street from the Playamar Beach. While in Spain we visited many wonderful cities and towns such as Malaga, Granada,Frigiliana, Marbella, Mijas and even went on an adventure to Tangiers, Morocco. So sit back and relax and I will take you on our Spanish adventure.
I have also included some places we visited during our trip to Spain March 12 to March 27, 2001
During that vacation, we visited Ronda, Fuengirola, Estepona, Ojen, Coin, Nerja, Puerto Banus and Mijas.
Trips to Spain:
Feb. 5, 6 and 7, 1996
March 12 to 27, 2001
Club Campanario Apartments
Jan. 31 to Feb. 21, 2004
Sol Principito Apartments
Jan. 9 to Feb. 8, 2006
Sol Principito Apartments
Marbella - Euromeet
Apartamentos Princess Playa
Jan. 22 to Feb. 11, 2008
Jan. 27, to Feb. 18, 2009
Feb. 3 to 24, 2010
"SPAIN -- BATHED BY THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA"
Spain is situated in southwestern Europe. It occupies a great portion of the Iberian Peninsula and is bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea. Its territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean near the African Coast and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla across the Mediterranean on Morocco's coast.
"OUR LATEST TRIPS TO SPAIN"
We have just returned from our fourth trip to Spain. We stayed for four weeks this time, from January 9 to February 8, 2006. We again had an apartment at the Sol Principito in Torremolinos, as I feel comfortable there and know where everything is. It's also an excellent location for transportation and you can pretty well get anywhere from here. Plus it's a short 15 minute drive from the airport.
Again, we were very busy during this trip. The highlight was our day trip to Sevilla, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. We took a bus tour there.
Among the other places we visited was Cartama, a sleepy little village. We went there with Hans' brother Wim, who drove from Portugal to visit us. We also went to Mijas with Wim and again later with our Hotel Gang.
Of course we had to go to Fuengirola for its flea market, the largest on the Costa del Sol.
And thanks to our good friends Carmen ( Carmela71 ) & Stace ( Beachdog ), we got to really see Malaga, Marbella, Antequera and El Torcal.
Update: January 27 to February 18, 2009
Hans and I just returned from yet another trip to Spain. We again stayed at Apartamentos Bajondillo. We really like it there and is now "our place" for our winter getaway.
This time was different though in that we did not go on any tours - just relaxed, went for daily walks, read four books - all in all very enjoyable.
We did get to see our friends, Carmen, Stace and Sandra (Sunday, Feb. 1), as Hans and I took the bus to Marbella and spent the afternoon with our dear friends.
We did do the walk to Benalmadena one sunny afternoon. Spent the whole time walking, snooping in shope, having an ice-cream sundae. The weather was so nice, a lot of the locals were out and about too. And as is our custom, we visited Mijas for the day.
A nice surprise was that Hans' sister Nel and hubby Jean came to Torremolinos for a week and stayed at Bajondillo too. We were able to get them a room 3 doors down from ours. It was sooo nice to be able to spend some time with them.
Update: February 3 to 24, 2010
Our eighth visit to Spain.
We mostly stayed and relaxed in Torremolinos. The weather this year was not the greatest - many days of pouring rain. But on the plus side, we made many more new friends at Bajondillo, as we particiapated more in the activities offered there. And spent many an evening in the lounge area, just sitting and chatting.
We again visited Carmen and Stace. We took the bus to Marbella. Spent the afternoon at a Flea Market in Manilva and then lunch and visit to the Andalucian white village of Casares.
Monument to Union of Torremolinos and Stockport
Torre de Pimentel
Chris Chris Sarah and Gilly
Torrmolinos to Gibralter
We are looking to go to Gibralter for the day. What is the best way to get there, if we aren't going to drive?
Thanks for the help in advance?
Re: Torrmolinos to Gibralter
There are any number of travel shops in the town that will book you on a coach trip to Gib. Usually you will leave before 6 am so that you have a full day of sightseeing. It was a while ago that we were there, but the fare was something like 55 -60 Euros. You'll have the option of going to see dolphins, or travelling up the rock to see the caverns and Apes. Well worth doing.