Torremolinos now boasts a new TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER. It is much bigger than the little kiosk that was there two years ago. The young lady was helpful when I asked about flea markets in the area and she gave me a list of all markets being held in the Costa del Sol. There were many brochures and leaflets showing what to do and see in the area. Also on hand were the different little newspapers put out for free. There's usually a couple of English ones like the "Sur" and Spanish ones.
Located right on the Playamar beach side on Paseo Maritimo and Avda del Lido.
Another Tourist Information Center - Oficina de Turismo - is located in the Plaza de la Independencia in the Upper part of town. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The phone number there is 952 37 42 31
I must confess that I found all the beaches in Torremolinos area very common, even ugly. Dark sand, artificial beaches, heavy construction, are negative details.
In the positive side I may list the temperature in the water, the professionalism of Spanish hotels, the distance from Portugal and the competitive prices.
Near the Mausoleum in Torremolinos is a BEAUTIFUL BOUGAINVILLEA. I was curious about this vine, so decided to look it up and tell a little about it here.
Bougainvillea are evergreen desert woody vines that flower several times throughout the year. The most common colors that you will see are magenta, purple, pink and red. This native of Brazil, likes a little shade during the day, but it is fine in full sun.
Bougainvillea can be trained into various shapes - vines (like the one pictured here) or shaped into bushes & hedges. The woody trunk tends to be twisted and the thin stems have sharp thorns and dark green leaves.
I have also included a pic of the bougainvillea vine growing on the wall near the Virgin in Old Town Marbella.
You can get to TORREMOLINOS' MAUSOLEUM two ways. Go up the main stairs to the town, turn left at the Church and walk about five minutes until you see a small passageway (pic #5) with a beautiful Bouganvilla vine on the left (pic #4). The other way is more direct, but it is up the steep stairway a little further on the Paseo.
I've always intended to visit this beautiful Mausoleum, but never got around to it. It really is so beautiful and peaceful there. The crypts are decorated with flowers and mementos to the loved ones who have departed.
Favorite thing: In the morning about 7:30 a.m. we could see a beautiful sunrise over the Mediterranean. Sunsets were impossible as they were behind the mountains. I managed to get a couple of nice sunrise pics tho.
This is not my favourite tip, just a general tip of Torremolinos ;)
What I like about Spain is that they are strict on when one can throw garbage in the garbage containers. It can only be done after 20h at night and for a few hours until the garbage men come pick up the garbage. There is a big fine if this is not followed, although I have seen people throw away garbage before that time. This is done so that the garbage won´t start smelling in the hot sunshine - and should be followed.
What I also like about Spain is that they recycle a lot and there are special garbage containers for paper (grey and blue), yellow containers for plastic and green containers for bottles and glass.
One of the main squares in Torremolinos PLAZA COSTA DEL SOL has much to offer. To get to it from the beaches area, climb the stairs or take the elevator to Calle San Miguel. Walk through this main shopping street until you come to the Plaza. You will see an exchange booth on the left, so turn left.
The Plaza is a wonderful meeting spot, with great shops, restaurants with terraces, even a Burger King. This is also the location for the entrance to Torremolinos Train Station. I often sit on a bench near the Sculpture and just people watch. One day a South American Native Indian duo was playing in the square. Beautiful and relaxing music.
This was originally an old fishing village and although it has developed into a very popular tourist resort area, LA CARIHUELA has retained much of it's original charm with typical white houses overlooking the sea.
The area stretches from "the rock" at Torremolinos through to the port of Benalmadena although that end is usually referred to as Montemar.
One of the best beaches in Costa del Sol, La Carihuela is a classic on the Spanish Mediterranean. Close to both Torremolinos and Benalmadena, this beach (Photo #1) is ideal for families and also for the young and trendy. It has many bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants to offer with all types of cuisine, drinks and ambience. Also offers great shopping (Photo # 3 & #4) and cozy apartments to stay, like the Apartamentos Plazamar (Photo # 5).
Once a sleepy fishing village, it boasts traditional fresh fish chiringuitos where you will find boquerones (fried anchovies), calamares ( squid rings), paella and sardinhas ( sardines).
Betweem Montemar and Bajondillo Beaches, La Carihuela offers sapphire blue sea, plentiful sun beds and umbrellas, and windsurfing and pedal boats for hire.
Located on Calle Carmen, in the Barrio de la Carihuela is the small CHURCH OF OUR LADY DEL CARMEN or Parroquia nostra senora del Carmen. It is tucked in among the shops on Calle Carmen and the entrance has two big anchors on either side, as Saint Carmen is the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Its facade has a beautiful ceramic panel which depicts the virgin.
Inside is a wonderful altar and a few rows of wooden pews for praying and church services.
Favorite thing: The seafront promenade PASEO MARITIMO stretches for many km's along the coastal beaches - Bajondillo - Playamar - La Carihuela - as far as Benalmadena. Some dramatic rock formations can be seen along the promenade, as well as shops to snoop, restaurants to have a bite to eat and benches to sit and just people watch. One of my favourite things to see are all the cats that make this area their home, as they are well fed and well taken care of.
Favorite thing: Erected as a monument to all fisherman, this impressive sculpture of a fisherman casting his net, is located in front of the Plaza del Remo. It can be seen on the Paseo on the way to Benalmadena. This area has long been known for its fishing industry and boasts some of the freshest and best variety of fish.
My friend and I decided on renting a flat in Torremolinos for 6 months in 2009. We found this amazing place through Dreamtimeproperties for a very good price. This edificio is excellent, 8 years old and the only one of its kind in Torremolinos. There is a line of hotels by the beach and then this one privately owned block-of-flats/edificio. There are three identical buildings which form a semicircle with 2 excellent swimming pools in the middle, one kids' pool and one for everybody. There is a life-guard there and it is only open during the high-season, June-September.
We counted our blessings to have found a flat there as during the night there was a night-guard and the garden was beautifully lit up. And the view from our balcony was of Hotel Don Pablo where we watched the guests at the hotel play sport. It is a very lifely area and in one of the buildings there are line of restaurants on the ground-floor (see my tips on restaurants). When we arrived in March not many people had arrived - these flats are mainly owned by Spanish people and serve as their summer residence.
The garden was fantastic, like a botanical garden (my favourite) and there was a gardener and a maintenance man.
A female stray cat had just had 3 kittens when we arrived and we followed them growing up for 6 months.
The flat was small but very nice and I would again rent a similar flat at this fantastic place right by the beach.
If ever you get the chance to rent a flat there I highly recommend it.
Favorite thing: When I first started looking at what was written about Torremolinos, I thought this was just a place to laze around on the beach. The town was in the middle of my trip and not being the sort to slow down on a holiday, I started looking at options of a day trip to Malaga. This never happened. Once I was out walking, I just kept going. Yes there are beautiful beaches to enjoy, there is also a lot to be seen by just walking up and down the streets and pedestrian areas of the town. I had no problem filling the day and a half spent in Torremolinos, in fact I could have spent a whole lot more. A very pleasant surprise.
Favorite thing: Torremolinos is generally safe, during the height of the tourist season you need to be careful of pickpockets and bag snatchers in the crowded areas. When visiting the beach, leave your valuables back in the hotel to be safe.
Favorite thing: Being part of the Costa Del Sol, Torremolinos enjoys a lovely Mediterranean climate. The summer months are June, July, August and September with temperatures around 28-30C. Rain if any, is minimal. During the winter months the average temperature is around 17C with a minimum of around 8C. Rainfall during the other months of the year is usually minimal with it being not more than around 6 or 7 days for a single month – usually December and January.