As one of the first destinations to develop on the Costa del Sol, Torremolinos offers everything that attracted tourists in the 50s and 60s : there are excellent beaches that continue in an almost uninterrupted line for dozens of kilometers, blessed with a season of summer that extends from Easter to October.
Golfers can access a course in a matter of minutes, there are many attractions that children will love and a variety of restaurants to eat out. In addition to all that, you can reach all kinds of interesting places by car, from typical Andalusian villages to an extravagant karstic landscape unparalleled in Western Europe.
Let’s look at the best things to do in Torremolinos:
Torremolinos has only seven kilometers of promenade with six main beaches, and there are many more if you continue to Benalmádena.
The most lively and colorful stretch is Playa de Bajondillo, right next to the big hotels and apartment blocks, and with abundant amenities such as restaurants, sun loungers and umbrellas.
If you prefer a little more peace, go up the Paseo Marítimo to Playamar and Los Alamos, where the extension of the complex begins to diminish, but there are still amenities such as beach bars and sun loungers.
2. The Carihuela
This is the old fishing district of Torremolinos, and although most of the traces of the old industry have gone, the neighborhood has lost none of its charm.
Right on the promenade there is a small grid of quiet streets where bougainvilleas climb the walls of low houses.
On the beach you have a long walkway that connects with Benalmádena and has practically any type of restaurant and bar that you can imagine. Most of the establishments here have an open façade, so you can contemplate the Mediterranean lit by the moon on a plate of fried fish.
3. Molino de Inca Botanical Garden
Prepare a picnic for a trip to this park on an ascent a few minutes in the countryside from the complex.
Although they are surrounded by thickets, the gardens are lush and cool, as they are near the source of a natural spring. These spring waters feed all kinds of ornamental features, such as ponds, streams and fountains.
There is also a small labyrinth in the park, all around a Norfolk Island pine 50 meters high. This is just one of the 110 different plant species, including an olive sample that is 1000 years old.
Take a few minutes to visit the restored flour mill, also driven by spring and fully operational.
4. The Battery Park
Fresh from La Carihuela, there is a spacious and well-kept park next to the Torremolinos train station.
La Batería park, has fresh grass, palm trees next to wide and majestic boulevards, as well as a series of surprises that will keep you and your family occupied for a while.
There is a pond where you can rent a rowing boat for a walk, a beautiful wrought-iron pavilion and a carousel for small children. Go up to the “lookout” to look beyond the Torremolinos apartment blocks to the Mediterranean and back to the mountains inland.
As its name suggests, the park is on the site of the city’s former battery, and its gun positions from the early eighteenth century have been preserved as memorials.
5. Crocodile park
At the entrance, this animal attraction will look like a Saharan fortress, the kind you would expect to see in Timbuktu. Inside there are paths that curve through the tropical vegetation next to the pools that crawl with about 300 crocodiles.
In one resides Big Daddy, the largest crocodile in Europe, weighing almost 600 kilograms. The crocodiles are quite inactive until a guide enters the site, so it’s a good idea to wait for a live demonstration.
Guests who pay a little more at the door can take a picture with a baby crocodile in their arms.
6. House of the Knives
At the beginning of the 20th century, the medieval Moorish architecture of
Spain (Mudéjar) was once again in fashion.
For a great example of this neo-Mudejar design, climb the steps of this audacious mansion that is next to the beach of Playamar and was built by the wealthy local businessman Antonio Navajas: It is as if the Great Gatsby joined the Alhambra.
Now, almost a century after its construction, the house has been renovated and is open to the public. Observe the mosaics on the facade and the furniture and accessories that fuse the Spanish Renaissance with the art deco. The second floor of the house was designed as a terrace and coastal viewpoint with sublime views of the Mediterranean.
If you are passionate about golf clubs, you should not visit the Costa del Sol and not play at least one round of the sport.
As one of the first places to attract tourism in the region, Torremolinos also obtained the first golf courses of the Costa del Sol.
The Parador de Málaga Golf is a part of history in that sense, dating from 1925. This field by the sea continues to win good reviews from players, and has reasonable green fees, especially if it is presented before 10: 00 or after 4:00 p.m. Much more new and perfect for beginners is the Miguel Ángel Jiménez Academy with a par-3 of nine holes that should also test the approach game of the experts.
8. Other family attractions
Torremolinos and its neighbor Benalmádena have more than enough to ensure that all family members make the most of their vacations.
Next to the Benalmádena marina is the Sea Life Aquarium, where the little ones can hold starfish and crabs, and observe creatures like sharks and rays even before they hatch from their eggs.
Aqualand is a water park and the ideal solution for the fatigue of the beach, with 30 slides and pools; while Tivoli World is the main theme park on the Costa del Sol, which has more than 300 attractions, shows and entertainment.
9 .- Benalmádena village
On some days, all the noise and activity of the coast can be a bit overwhelming, and this is when you can escape to one of the traditional villages of the region. Benalmádena is the closest to Torremolinos and it is a pleasure to visit it.
The houses are all white, except the terracotta tiles, and the sidewalks are placed in an irresistible checkered pattern. Many houses decorate their walls with mounted pots in which the geraniums create bursts of color.
For lunch or a drink, head to the Plaza de España, which is surrounded by orange trees that shade the outdoor tables of the restaurants.
10. Butterfly Park
Like the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos, this attraction is located in a building that seems a bit out of place on the Costa del Sol. The Butterfly Park is located in a Thai-style temple, with dragon statues on the front and authentic blue tiles brought from Thailand.
More than 1,500 butterflies of 150 different species fly freely inside the building, which is maintained with 80% humidity and temperatures between 24 and 29 ° C. The creatures also reproduce on the site, so you will be fascinated to see its cycle of full life, from the egg to the caterpillar and the chrysalis.
Only 25 minutes away, the capital of the region is a more than successful choice and has more than a day of attractions and experiences.
Any visit should begin with the Alcazaba, a high palace fortress and one of the largest pieces of the Moorish heritage of Spain.
You do not need to return to sea level immediately, as the Gibralfaro Castle, also a Moorish castle, and the wonderful Roman theater of the city are located on high ground. You can spend the rest of your visit enjoying a shopping place or immerse yourself in the culture of Malaga, on the runway of the rising Pablo Picasso or appreciating the design of the 20th century at the Automobile and Fashion Museum.
12. Torcal de Antequera
Climb the AP-46 in Puerto de la Torre and in less than an hour you will be in one of the most amazing karst landscapes in Europe.
The Torcal de Antequera of 17 square kilometers is full of strange and wonderful limestone forms eroded in columns and engraved with strange linear patterns. Once you arrive at the Visitor Center, you will get information about the three hiking trails in the park: the red trail is the most difficult, but you climb to a scenic lookout of 1,340 meters to get incredible views.
El Torcal de Antequera also has its own microclimate, which allows 30 species of orchids to bloom and attract wildlife, such as mountain goats.
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