Torremolinos centre itself offers shops selling everything imaginable with the most famous street being CALLE SAN MIGUEL. This runs from the main street down the hill towards the sea. It is lined with shops and bars and the lower end, becomes a narrow walkway with hundreds of steps to take you down the steep hillside to the beach at the bottom. You do need to be fairly fit to walk up this street and most people walk down and find an alternative way up. There is a lift availabe for those who are unable to make the climb.
I walked up two or three times a week. I do take my time and check out all the little shops on the way up.
I will list here the days, cities & locations of Market days in the Costa del Sol: Information is from the Torremolinos Tourist Information Center.
MONDAY ( Lunes )
Marbella ( Recinto Ferial de Arroyo Primero )
Malaga ( Barriada de la Luz )
TUESDAY ( Martes )
Nerja ( zona El Chaparril )
Malaga ( Puerto de la Torre )
Fuengirola ( Recinto Ferial - Fair Grounds )
WEDNESDAY ( Miercoles )
Estepona ( Avda. Juan Carlos , junto al Recinto Ferial )
Malaga ( Barriadas de Heulin y de la Paz )
Mijas Costa ( L Cala )
THURSDAY ( Jueves )
Torremolinos ( Recinto Ferial - Fair Grounds )
FRIDAY ( Viernes )
Arroyo De La Miel ( Tivoli World Parking )
Benalmadena Pueblo ( Plaza del Alguacil )
SATURDAY ( Sabado )
Mijas Costa ( La Cala y Las Lagunas )
What to buy: Mostly new - clothing - shoes -linens - fresh fruits and vegetables.
What to pay: I didn't find a lot of bargains. The clothes were mostly for children or very little women. Not much to choose from in larger sizes. The fruits and vegetable were nice to see and smell. Most do not display their prices so bargaining is expected.
The Main Post Office is to be found in the Avendo Palma de Mallorca, a couple of hundred yards to the west of the main square.
What to buy: Buy your postage stamps here (what else??). the friendly staff may not speak English, so we split our cards into two bundles, one for Europe, and one for the Rest of the World, noting how many of each stamps we would want. We wrote on a piece of paper the total numbers required, allowing for some spare stamps for use in out of the way locations. The staff will affix the stamps, and keep the cards for their onward journey (one hopes!!).
What to pay: (As at March 2003) Stamps for Europe are 51 Cents, and for the Rest of the World they are 76 Cents.
Local shops may charge 80 Cents for a 51 Cent stamp (but this may have a different design)
Don't go to the first shop you see and buy all your post cards! We found that shops at the beach sold exactly the same views as shops in the town, but at twice the price. So if, like us, you wanted 20 or so cards, the difference was quite considerable.
the same applies to postage stamps. Buy them at the Post Office at the normal rate, or at the various gift shops for about 50% more!!
What to pay: Anything from 15 to 35 Cents
The Calle San Miguel is the street where you will find almost everything that you never really wanted! It's crammed full of many nice shops, selling gifts, shoes, clothes jewelery and so on.
What to buy: If you fancy something in the jewelery line, do shop around before you decide. We found that almost all the shops will offer you a reasonable discount, but there is a little pressure into buying 'there and then'. It's always best to look elsewhere. Jaymes wanted a gold neclace, which was going to cost 75 Euros. He almost bought it, but decided th 'sleep on it'. In the end, he decided not to buy one at all. Sensible boy, haha.
What to pay: Ask about discounts before you purchase
Joyeria Espana is one of a number of jewellery stores on the Calle San Miguel pedestrian strip. Prices are reasonable and you can bargain. The quality is good and the staff are very helpful.
This brightly coloured ‘pink’ building is an infants and children’s clothing store. The store is filled with fairy dress, soft toys and dolls and everything to make bedrooms special.
There are shops lining along the paseo of Torremolinos. For tourist, a great area to do shopping for beach wares and souvenirs.
On Calle San Miguel you´ll find everything you´re looking for, clothe, shoes, souvenirs, .........etc. Shops like Mango, Cortefiel ............... are there
What to buy: All you want
Excellent shopping opportunities abound in Torremolinos' many souvenir shops and boutiques.
What to buy: Great buys in leather, lace, embroidery and local hand-crafted clay pottery.