During our trip through southern Spain, we were impressed by the large number of windmills we came across, especially in the far southwest along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, and even a few solar plants with large mirrors focusing the sun's rays to produce power. It should not have been a surprise because Spain is presently one of the top three wind-power countries in the world with almost 10% of its total electricity demand produced in this manner. Total installed wind generation was just under 16,000 MW a year ago, making it slightly more than the world's largest power station - the 14,000 MW Itaipu hydro dam on the Brazil-Argentina border (as new generators are added, China's Three Gorges dam will soon overtake Itaipu).
Fondest memory: Near the end of our drive in the mountains to see Alhama de Granada, as we passed by the southern edge of the large Sierra Nevada mountain range between Granada and the coast, we veered off eastward for a short drive on another scenic mountain road that twisted its way into the scenic village of Lanjarón. As we were snaking around the numerous turns on this sometimes narrow road with steep fall-offs into the valleys below, we came across a number of wind generators that were 'in your face' at times as the road snaked closely by them. Sue was not too impressed with my moving photos of them as I steered with only one hand and one eye!
This Google 'Terrain' map gives an overview of the 'orange' driving route we took while in southern Spain, starting from the tiny red dot of Alicante in the upper right corner, where we spent our first two days exploring the countryside. We then picked up our Ford rental car and made the 500-km drive southwest along the coast - directly to Torremolinos with a minimum number of stops for diesel fuel and a snack. We had picked Torremolinos because it is a suburb of the much bigger Malaga but extremely close to Malaga's airport, where we were to meet Sue's sister later in the evening as she flew in from England to join us. The next morning we were off inland for 5 nights, heading directly north before veering off easterly into Granada, then westward to Seville, south to Cadiz on the Atlantic coast and then another couple of nights along the southern coast before returning to Torremolinos so sister could catch her flight back to England. Once on our own, we then backtracked along the coast toward the Atlantic coast where the land touches the very bottom of the map, spending another three nights in that area.
Fondest memory: Returning to Torremolinos once more for New Year's Eve we then decided we had had enough of the coast for a while. One good tourist option from Torremolinos is to drive east a short distance on the great coastal highway system and then head north into the mountains on the loop road shown on the map, as we headed for the very scenic town of 'Alhama de Granada'. It was a beautiful drive that took us all day as we continued onward to the outskirts of the city of Granada itself before heading straight back down (past the massive Sierra Nevada mountain peaks) toward the coast as we sought out lodgings for our next night.
Known locally as the 'Torre Vigia', the TORRE DE PIMENTEL is the town's namesake and was built in the 14th century as part of the area's defense system and is also a lookout point. The staircase can be climbed and from the top, offering superb panoramic views of the coastline.
Open to the public with free admission.
As you walk along the promenade, you can't miss the impressive building perched on the edge of a cliff. The CASA DE "LOS NAVAJA". was built in 1925 in the Mudejar-style by Antonio Navajas Ruiz.
The landmark, located on Calle Las Mercedes, is open daily with free admission.
I don't have any first hand experience of this but in the past when I needed anything new to do with Torremolinos I have emailed the website www.TorremolinosIndex.com and they have never let me down. They have always given me a fairly swift reply with a good contact. You might like to try them.
Best of luck sounds like a great trip you are planning,
OK so you are all used to me moaning about the amount of resort tourists and ex-pats that arrive here from northern Europe who don't learn Spanish and only export their culture here, but now I am going to say a very big thank you very much to them, why? Because they have improved a lot of animals lives and in fact saved a great deal as well. It is no joke. Everywhere where there is a high number of say German and British ex-pats, there are more dog shelters and residences (pet hotels) giving the owners no excuse to abandon their dogs to go on holiday (which is a common cause of people abandoning their dogs in Spain) and keeps them off the streets.
Did you know that Spain exports most of it's abandoned dogs to Germany where they are cared for very well. I'm serious, they even come over here to collect them and fly them back. At the dog shelter I worked (run by a German lady) in Granada we sent most of our dogs there. At first I was suspicious as to why such a phenomenon would occur, until I saw photos and post cards of the dogs enjoying their new life in leafy green Germany. Every vet or shelter workers says the same...the dogs and cats are mainly adopted by Germans.
So thank you very much for setting up the afore said shelters, dog residences and raising awareness in the Costs del Sol. Not to mention a big thanks to all the kind-hearted Germans who have saved many animals here.
Randomly enough there are also more animal accessory shops here too!
Just goes to show there is good and bad in everything ;)
This well-developed international resort is situated on a 9 km stretch of beach, just west of Malaga (transfer time by taxi from Malaga airport approx. 20 minutes).
A lively base for a fun-filled holiday, TORREMOLINOS offers a wide array of restaurants, cafe's, "tablaos" that feature Flamenco shows and an exciting night life.
If you are in a hurry or just do not want to walk the 178 steps up to the town center, you can take the LIFT - ASCENSOR.
Schedule of the Elevator from 900 to 2100
Horario del Ascensor de 900 a 2100 horas
Tarifa / Fee 0.50 Euros One way trip - Bajada o Subida
Ascensor a la Playa - Lift to the Beach
We found a new and better place to have internet access at CELL POINT. It was about a ten minute walk from our apartment. We used it a few times. It was always clean and smoking was not allowed which was very nice. It cost 2 Euros an hour - minimum 50 cents and you only paid for what you used.
They also offered scanner/fax, fotocopies, calling cards, phones for international calling.
Located on Avda. Beyamina 18 C, 29620 Torremolinos
Phone 952-389 569
Where once had been the familiar blue and white Torremolinos fishing boat, there is now the "PICASSO" reproduction of the 'two dancing ladies'. Though I do miss the boat, this really is a beautiful replacement. You can just feel the joy of the two ladies dancing on their pedestal. Located right near the Tourist Information Center in the Plaza De Lido ( Square of the Lido ).
We saw a young couple imitating the position of the arms and we offered to take thier picture together which they appreciated.
The Mediterranean gives Torremolinos its enviable climate. The winters are usually mild, but on this day it was quite cool and very windy as the photo shows.
Its beaches have been chosen by thousands of visitors, mainly European holidaymakers, escaping the colder northern parts. It has seven kilometres of fine, sandy beaches -- especially its two famous beaches -- Bajondillo and the Carihuela.
Oh to relax on the soft, sandy beach, with the afternoon sun on your back. If only...
This is the beach at Torremolinos just before the night of the storm which wrecked it. The next day, the beach umbrellas and the concrete walkway on the beach were washed away.
Favorite thing: Can't forget to include some details of our local 'Airtours' representative can I? Darren Andrews, from North Wales, is the Airtours Representative for the Costa Del Sol (or one of them). He is on hand at some time during the day, and we found him most helpful, and polite. I even explained about Virtual Tourist, and how I was going to plaster his smiling face all over my pages, haha. And, what's more, he hopes to find time to take out membership too!
During our first few days we frequented Bobbie's Internet Cafe, in the main square (Aviendo Jesus Santos Rein). Bobbie charges 1 Euro per half hour, and 2 Euros per hour, still much less than the hotel (See Tourist Traps).
He is open in the summer months from 10 until midnight, and between 10 and 5 pm in the wintertime, although we found his cafe shut on several occasions, probably due to the bad weather.
You can get a nice cup of coffee with brandy here for 1.80 euros.
Favorite thing: The Calle San Miguel is the main tourist shopping area. This end of the Calle leads down a lovely pedestrian pavement, the CalleCuesta edl Taja/Calle del Peligro, to the seafront. There are loads of shops i the way down (or up!) mostly gift shops.