The beach on the other side of the cliff is Playa de la Carihuela. It is lovely, the atmosphere changes a bit when crossing the cliff with all the cats. The beaches at La Carihuela are golden and lovely with lots of shells and sea-gulls line up in one spot of the beach. There are pebbles at only one spot at the beach, apart from that the beaches are soft and lovely.
There are lots of cafés and restaurants both on the beach and by the promenade, and myriads of shops and stores, quite a lovely walk. If you take a right turn into the street above the promenade, called Calla Bulto, you will find a lot of shops, some of which are open into the promenade as well. I added a tip on that under "Shopping".
Wherever I am staying, I always head for the La Carihuela beach and hang out in the waves by a palm grove there and collect shells. It is quite lovely and one can walk far into the ocean as it is very shallow.
La Carihuela is famous for its Andalucian sea-food cousine and it is here that the tourist boom began in the 1950s and people like the members of the Rat Pack apparantly frequented La Carihuela.
I added more pictures from La Carihuela in a travelogue. When I plan my trips abroad I want to see as many different pictures as possible beforehand, so that is why I take many pictures and add them in a travelogue and hope they might be of use to other people planning their trip.
Playa del Bajondillo is the beach next to Playa de Playamar and goes all the way down to the cliff dividing the beaches in Torremolinos. This beach has got a lot of restaurants and cafés, shops and stores. From the Paseo Maritimo in Bajondillo you can reach the city center by the steps to Calla San Miguel and Camino de la Playa (see my tips on that). The hotels in this area are Hotel Bajondillo, Aguamarina, Hotel Don Marco and Don Pedro and Hotel Meliá C. del Sol to name some of them.
The beaches at Bajondillo have got a lot of pebbles in them, especially right at the end of Bajondillo next to the rock, that is all pebbles. The beginning of Bajondillo is the best and cleanest part of the beach, in my opinion. But there is a lot of activity at the pebbly part, see my picture on what there is on offer there.
There is a lovely bright blue boat by the end of Playa del Bajondillo and Camino de la Playa, with TORREMOLINOS written on it, a good reminder that Torremolinos used to be a fishing village before the surge of tourists found out about this lovely place.
I have added more pictures from Playa del Bajondillo in a travelogue here.
Playa de Montemar is the beach next to Playa de la Carihuela. It stretches as far as the marina of the neighbouring town of Benalmádena
It is a beautiful beach with golden sands, lots of shells and lots of sea-sport activities, making it the liveliest beach of Torremolinos and my favourite. It is fun swimming there as the sea is so shallow that you can walk far into the ocean in some places and the sea is only up to your waist.
There are a lot of restaurants and cafés on Playa de Montemar, but less shops than in other areas of the promenade. Instead there is lively business at nights in fake Gucci, Prada, Chanel etc. bags, watches, belts and pirate DVDs. In front of Sol Timor you can see men from Africa laying out their goods on sheets and there is a lot of haggling going on. As soon as the police shows up they pick up their stuff and vanish into the dark beaches. This is a game of cat and mouse, which I watched from my balcony at Sol Timor. Just a word of warning - even though the bags look real they are often glued at the seams making it risky carrying them as they can fall apart when ever - in my case my bag fell apart at the airport in Montréal, causing problems for me, and I had to take it to a shoe-maker in Canada to have it fastened with leather. Don't risk it, I eye the bags when I pass by as they look so pretty, but will not get fooled again.
The hotels by Playa de Montemar are Hotel Aloha Puerto, Sol Timor, Riu Nautilus, Aptos. Buensol, Barracuda, Amaragua and Tropicana just to name some of them. A lovely area, but can be loud at times being so close to the discos by the marina.
Torremolinos has superb choices of beaches and blessed with the widest and one of the longest stretches of beach area on the Med, with a grey beige sand and qbout nine and a half kilometers in length. The main ones are the busy Bajondillo and Carihuela beaches especially during peak season.
Torremolinos beaches has good disabled access, ample choice of sunbed and parasol hire, pedal boat hire, volleyball, loads of free parking along the promenade, and showers and kids play areas. Bajondillo has a lifeguard service, volleyball net, pedal boat, parking, kids area and is popular for fishing, diving, surfing and sailing.
Los Alamos towards Malaga, near our accomodation, has disabled access, sunbed/parasol hire, and kids area and Montemar as well.
There are all kinds of sights to be seen on the Costa del Sol Beaches. I wonder if many of these would be seen back home or this was just the result of the holiday air of Costa del Sol.
From the hotel, it took us for about 10 minutes walk until reaching the gateway down to the beach. It was a wonderful early evening views as we headed down towards the seaside.
Torremolinos has some nice clean beaches with golden (hot) sand . The water is nice and clean and there is plenty of watersports to keep you entertained.
A very important part of Torremolinos is of course the beach. Torremolinos has nice white sandy beaches.
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