Torremolinos is a tourism-oriented city on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean, immediately to the west of the city of Málaga, in the province of Málaga in the autonomous region of Andalusia in southern Spain.

Birthplace of Tourism on the Cost del Sol

A poor fishing village before the growth in tourism beginning in the late 1950s, Torremolinos was the first of the Costa del Sol resorts to develop,

In fact, it is the birthplace of sun and beach tourism in Spain and in the 50’s and 60’s hosted many international celebrities before Marbella became famous.

As a historical anecdote, Brigitte Bardot dared the first topless at the beach Torremolinos, much to the scandal of the locals.

Mature Holiday destination

Torremolinos has a very developed tourism infrastructure. There is a very large offer on of hotels, apartments and other accommodation options.

It is very popular with British tourists and has a large British expatriate population. But also, it is one of the favourite destinations for pensioners travelling overseas, over winter for the sunshine.

The beaches of Torremolinos are among the most beautiful along the costa, with large sandy strips. Anong them you find also one awarded with the Blue Flag for its excellent services in the area of Los Alamos.

Basically, every hundred metres you can choose among a large variety of beach bars (Chiringuitos) whose idea and term were also coined in Malaga at the beginning of the last century.

You should definitely not miss the typical Malaga seafood dishes, such as fried fish or sardine skewers.

Torremolinos also is worth mentioning for thriving indigenous gay population and for this reason it is also one of the biggest gay hot spots in Spain. The city hosts every year beginning of June one of the biggest Pride festivals.

Pride Torremolinos
Pride Torremolinos

Very close to the airport

Torremolinos is located just 8 km from Malaga airport.

It is therefore the best option among all the resorts on the Costa del Sol for those who want to get directly to their destination, without having to take more transport options and waste more time.

Excellent transportation options

If you decide to hire a car at Malaga airport, you will be pleased to know that you get to Torremolinos in just about 10 minutes along the motorway.

Torremolinos is also one of the western Costa del Sol resorts that are connected by the Commuter train line C-1.

From Malaga airport, leaving the arrivals terminal, just cross the main square and on the other side you will find the local suburban train station.
Torremolinos has a total of five train stops throughout the municipality.

The suburban train also connects to the centre of Malaga, Malaga Maria Zambrano main train station with AVE and medium distance trains, Plaza Mayor shopping centre, Benalmadena and Fuengirola.

Things to do in Torremolinos

The truth is that tourism and the resulting massive construction has almost completely taken away the charm of what Torremolinos once was, a fishing village perched on a beautiful cliff with vast beaches.

Torremolinos in the 50s
Torremolinos in the 50s. Photo miguelvilaoblitas

There is not much left to see of what the town was historically. On the contrary, there is a wide range of leisure activities on offer.

Casa de los Navajas

Casa Navajas Depositphotos
Casa Navajas. Depositphotos

One of the architectural jewels is the Casa de los Navajas, a beautiful neo-Mudejar palace. It is located a few metres from the Bajondillo beach.

The palace, in neo-Mudejar style with Mozarabic touches, is used for weddings and other ceremonies. It also hosts various exhibitions, concerts and theatre, making it a must-see historical building in Torremolinos. Admission is free.

Arab Watchtower

Built around 1300, it was originally called Torre de los Molinos. It is the main monument of the town to which it gave its name, a historical landmark in the centre of the town (Torre – Molinos literally means Tower -Mills).

A small and humble millers’ neighbourhood grew up around the Tower, which in time would become the modern Torremolinos.

It is located between the popular Calle de San Miguel and the Cuesta del Tajo, at the top of the cliff overlooking the Bajondillo neighbourhood.

Sea promenade

Torremolinos Sea promenade. Depositphotos
Torremolinos Sea promenade. Depositphotos

Along the six kilometres of the municipality’s coastline there is a beautiful promenade that invites you to take a stroll.

It is popular with locals all year round for running, cycling and rollerblading.

Botanical garden Molino de Inca

Botanical garden Molino de Inca

As mentioned before, the name Torremolinos comes from the mills.

In the municipality there are several springs that made possible the development of the mills, for flour and the production of brown paper.

The Molino de Inca is the oldest mill. Today it houses a beautiful botanical garden of more than 15,500 square metres.

Battery Park

Battery Park. Depositphotos
Battery Park. Depositphotos

This park is one of the city’s green oases. It has an artificial lake of more than 9,000 square metres, a 15-metre high lookout tower, paths, fitness area, jogging track and a large children’s play area.

There is also a stage where concerts and shows are held throughout the year. Location.


The fairgrounds are home to two of the largest flea markets on the coast. They are very colourful, lively and bustling markets.

On Thursdays there is a general market with more than 200 stalls with all kinds of articles and products: Clothes and shoes, handicrafts and decoration, fruit, vegetables, sweets orplants.

On Sundays there is a craft and antiques market, but even so there are many varied stalls offering a bit of everything.

Waterpark Aqualand

Aqualand Torremolinos

Considered the largest water park on the Costa del Sol, it is a family fun alternative just five minutes from the centre of Torremolinos.

There are water attractions for all ages. Aqualand is a good alternative in summer if you want a day “off from the beach”.

Crocodile Park

Just a few metres from the Aquapark is situated the Crocodile Park. Less than two metres away you can see crocodiles of different species from all over the world.

Guides explain more about these ancient creatures.