One of the things that most impressed me about Torremolinos is the care with which they have done up the sea-front promenade, the Paseo Maritimo. It stretches for several kilometres, all of them nicely paved and well supplied with benches, so anyone can take a stroll there and enjoy the sea air. We saw so many people doing just that – locals walking their dogs, young (and not so young) people roller-blading, the elderly with sticks or on mobility scooters – it really is suitable for all. And it is such a pleasant walk, with palm trees in places, plenty of beach bars and restaurants for when you need refreshment, and lots to see and photograph. I enjoyed taking photos of the fishing boats in particular (photo 2), but look out too for interesting sculptures (photo 5), sand-castles (photo 3) and colourful beach furniture (photo 4) to give variety to your shots.
Around the middle of your walk you will pass a rocky outcrop. Look at it carefully – can you see the tiny shells and sea creatures embedded in it? This must once have been coral, deep beneath the sea. It adds extra interest to the walk and is a great spot for a rest, as one side or the other must always be in the sun.
Leaving the Paseo Maritimo behind, we set off to find Calle San Miguel-The main shopping street/thoroughfare of Torremolinos. We weren't intending shopping- instead we were looking for a couple of tea rooms on this street.
We hadn't quite got our bearings, thinking we were further along the promenade than we were, and were expecting to head straight up to Parque de la Bateria, instead we missed it by a few blocks. There were some pleasant buildings on our route, some with tile work, typical of the Moorish Andalucian style (pic 3), and attractive tiled paving. There was quite a nice sleepy atmosphere.
It wasn't long though before we came across some pubs with Union Jack signs , followed by an old poster for a New Years Eve Party - ( Free Entrance, Cava and snacks, Live Singing with a Singing Santa AND Elvis impersonator!), A shop called "Push and Go" with the slogan Holiday Hires-Simply the best!!!! (it hired wheel chairs/ mobility scooters)! a board advertising 'The only legal Tattoo Sudio/ Museum/ Body Piercing, and one pointing to Hotel El Pozo " As seen on East Enders" Torrie was getting slightly surreal!
Dropping down from Calle Casablanca, we came across the entrance/Exit of the Camina de la Playa - The steps that link the Beach (Bajondillo) with the old town.
For those with mobility/breathing problems, this route might be too difficult- though apparently, there are plenty of places to stop for a rest/enjoy the view.
The Urbanos L2 bus shuttles between Playamar and Torremolinos bus station (Calle Hoyo )
From this gateway, it was only a few steps to Plaza San Miguel, and Calle San Miguel
Playa de la Carihuela is about 2,100 meters long and 40 meters wide, and has darker sand than Playa del Bajondillo.
This beach offers more for the active holiday maker, as it's suitable for windsurfing, sailing, fishing, and volleyball. It's possible to hire equipment here in the summer months.
Showers/ Sun loungers/ beach umbrellas.
Car Parking, nearby.
This stretch of Paseo Maritimo is noted for its fresh fish restaurants, and this is where Gilly and I stopped off for lunch at Restaurante Bar Los Pescadores Playa (Please see my Restaurant tip for more info)
After lunch, we headed up into the old town, leaving the Paseo Maritimo behind for now.....
La Roca marks the point where Bajondila Beach becomes Playa De La Carihuela
It's quite an attractive point to sit and admire the view over the bays
La Roca is an attractive place for the 4 legged residents too! - Cats of all varieties and colours are to be found lazing on the grassed areas, and even on the rock shelves, and smooth rocks on the beach. Most of these look contented and well fed - Perhaps due to the number of nearby fish restaurants!
The rock cliff side is formed into caves and crevices- look closely and you'll see tiny shells in the surface.
We returned to La Roca a few times during our stay - This would be the location for our VT Winter Warmer Group photo shoot on the Saturday.