Whether for its climate or for the many buildings which have sprung up like mushrooms along the coast, Torremolinos is one of the symbols of tourism of the Costa del Sol. This former fishing port, which is dependent on the province of Malaga, first became a holiday resort when artists and intellectuals became interested in it in the 1950's. Today if you travel to Torremolinos, there is little evidence of this past era and traditional architecture has given way to rampant urbanisation.
This popular destination for Belgian and German tourists is located just 4 miles from Malaga airport. In just 15 minutes you can find yourself paddling in the water and sunbathing on the vast beaches warmed by the Andalusian sun, whether in Torremolinos, Benalmadena Costa or Mijas Costa.
The four miles of coastline in Torremolinos is protected from northerly winds by the mountains of Mijas. The promenade along the coast leads you to the Carihuela and its fried fish restaurants. At the end of the beach, just before Benalmadena Costa, you will find the architectural splendour of the Paseo maritime, which (recently built), blends modernity and Andalusian tradition. It is here that most of the tapas bars, restaurants and nightclubs of the resort can be found and it is an ideal place to enjoy the Spanish nightlife.
The golf course of San Pedro de Alcantara as well as a host of water sports; sailing, water skiing, canoeing, diving, and deep sea fishing will keep any sports lover occupied. If you happen to be there on 16th July and 29th September, do not miss the local ferias when the entire city is covered in flowers and everybody is out to party!
In addition to the relics of the old fishing village that Torremolinos once was, take your time to visit Malaga, the capital of the province, and some of the picturesque villages, like Mijas. The latter boasts whitewashed houses, flowering trellises, a Baroque church and a small museum. It makes a great change from the concrete of the coastline.
Surface area : 33,700 sq mi km2
Population : 8,300,000 inhabitants
Time difference : GMT + 1
A tour of Andalusia is not complete without a visit to some of the most beautiful areas in the region such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Ronda. The road winding through the white villages is also dazzling, if you plan such a trip you must take good sun protection as the sun really beats down in that part of Spain; inland, far from the coastal breeze.
Of course it is wonderful to be in an exotic setting, sampling Andalusian specialties by the water's edge with your toes in the sand, but be aware that the restaurants on the seafront are usually more expensive and serve mediochre food compared to the smaller restaurants nestled in the hills of the city. Do not hesitate take a detour and drop in one evening!
In addition to tapas and traditional dishes, sopas, which are hot or cold soups, can be found on every menu. You will also find many restaurants serving fish and seafood specialities, with cuttlefish, squid (fried or in a salad) and mullet in particular. The raw vegetable dishes are very good too. In short, you have a lot of choice.
Among the local handicrafts you will find pottery, carpentry, marble statuettes, wrought iron, cushions and wallpaper.
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