COUNT YOUR CHANGE
Update: February 20, 2010
Took the train to Fuengirola as I wanted to go to the Saturday Flea Market at the Feria - fairgrounds. It is a short walk from the train station to the fairgrounds.
The price was 3,10 Euro per person return.
At the ticket booth in Torremolinos I asked for "dos - returno - Fuengirola". It came to 6,20 Euro for the both of us. I looked at my change and there was only 2,80 Euro there. I showed the ticket guy my change and told him he shortchanged me a Euro. He apologized and gave me the Euro owing to me. Mistake?? I think not. I'm absolutely positive, if I had not noticed, he would have put the Euro in his own pocket. Not very nice. So for others - count your change in front of the ticket person.
The main problem I see with Torremolinos is that it isn't very typical or Traditional of Spain. It is a holiday resort town mainly populated by Northern Europeans. It is a great place if you are only looking for a beach holiday and a bit of sun, but if you would like to know what Spain is about, you won't find out here.
In a nutshell it is HOLIDAY LAND!!!!!
If you really want to feel you are on holiday and don't mind meeting others from your country and want the locals to speak your language, then you'll love this place.
If you love travelling to see different cultures, see what local life is like, speak the local language then please don't come here.
Unique Suggestions: Avoid any English or foreign bar, stick to Spanish bars only: they can be found though they will have signs and the menu in English too.
Refuse to speak English to Spanish people if you know a bit of Spanish: practice. They will all speak English but if you speak Spanish to them they will soon get the idea you want to practice.
Try and take a day trip to the neighbouring province of Cadiz and go to Castellar de la Frontera and not Gibralter, to see a typicall Spanish white mountain town.
Fun Alternatives: La Costa de la Luz (though don't expect singles night-life and hard core drinking).
These are unspoilt beaches backed by small white villages or nothing. Be prepared to speak Spanish and not find menu's translated into English.
Be aware of the Internet
OK then, so you've been here a day or two, and now you want to read your EMails and look at your VT Pages - can't resist it can you? Haha.
There are lots of Internet places in Torremolinos, some just internet shops, others cafes. Our hotel was quoting 6 Euros per hour for the Internet. Go up the town and you'll find the dearest is about 2 Euros per hour in a Cafe, and 1.80 or even 1.50 Euros just around the corner.
Unique Suggestions: BEMA PHONES, Calle Danza Invisible, is run by a Nigerian guy, who charges 80 Cents per half hour, or 1.50 an hour. Open from around 1030 am until Midnight.
You can also book 15 hours for 15 Euros, or 30 hours for 25 Euros.
DON TELEPHONE, No 1 Pasaje Zacantin, also run by a Nigerian guy calle Patrick, has similar hours and prices. I found his place nicer to work from too.