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Travel to Torremolinos, heart of the Costa del Sol

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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.

To see

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.

To do

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!

pros

  • +  The buzzing nightlife around the port.
  • +  The close proximity of the airport.
  • +  The weather is perfect for seaside activities.

cons

  • -  The old-fashioned 1970s architecture.
  • -  The beaches lack charm and character.
  • -  The limited sports and cultural activities in the area.

To think about

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.

To avoid

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!

To try

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.

To bring back

Among the local handicrafts you will find pottery, carpentry, marble statuettes, wrought iron, cushions and wallpaper.

Weather Torremolinos

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Torremolinos . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Torremolinos so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Torremolinos , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather May
Overall rating 81/100
  • Temperature indicators 90% Optimal

    Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 96% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 80% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 48% Refreshing

    Sea temperature between 20 °C and 22°C. Wind speed between 4 mph and 7 mph.

  • Wind indicators 70% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 72% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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