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    LA CARIHUELA

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 10, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    BEACHES IN TORREMOLINOS

    by LoriPori Written Mar 23, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    TORREMOLINOS -- INTERNATIONAL RESORT

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Windmills are almost everywhere

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: 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!

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    LIFT - ASCENSOR

    by LoriPori Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Favorite thing: 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

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTERS

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Favorite thing: 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

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    CASA DE "LOS NAVAJA"

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    TORREMOLINOS " PICASSO"

    by LoriPori Updated Feb 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    CELL POINT - INTERNET

    by LoriPori Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Cell Point - Internet

    Favorite thing: 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
    cellpoint_@hotmail.com

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    A map of our driving route

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    Our 3500-km 'orange' driving route in Spain

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    PIMENTEL TOWER - TORRE DE PIMENTEL

    by LoriPori Written Feb 20, 2009

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    Torre de Pimentel

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Our Holiday Rep

    by Geoff_Wright Written Apr 7, 2003

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    The Airtours Rep

    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!

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    The Internet Cafe

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Apr 1, 2003

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    Bobbie's Internet Cafe

    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • Thanks to you...

    by blint Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    Salo an ex-anbandonee

    Favorite thing: 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 ;)

    http://www.ace-charity.org/en/home.asp
    http://www.padcatsanddogs.org/
    http://www.sos-animals.org/
    http://www.costadelsolnews.es/classifieds/000000936d0c8373c/index.html

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    My "edificio" block-of-flats for 6 months :D

    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 16, 2009

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    Fondest memory: 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.

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