From the port area you can find sailing trips, fishing excursions and paragliding and other water sports activities. Along the beach promenade there are excellent restaurants serving meat and of course seafood. Under one of the thousand umbrellas on the beach, you can relax with a cool drink in your hand while you will be offered refreshments, massage, clothes, watches and sunglasses.
Among the positive things any tourist would point out about Torremolinos are the short distance to the airport, the beautiful beaches and the large selection of restaurants and bars. Torremolinos has a vibrant night life with many pubs and clubs and there is also a large LGBT community.
There is a park only two train stops from Torremolinos, the Parque de la Bateria. Take the train to El Pinillo and you can enjoy a beautiful view over Costa del Sol, rowing a boat in a small lake and there is a large playground for children. Unfortunately there is no cafe in this park, so remembere to bring your own food.
The Crocodile Park in Torremolinos is only a 20 minutes walk from the centre and is worth a visit. The guides will teach you a lot about these amazing cratures with their entertaining tour around the park and you will also be given a chance to hold a baby crocodile at the end of the tour. For information about their opening hours, please visit their web site www.crocodile-park.com
The garden Jardin Botanico de Molino de Inca is a beautiful park close to the centre where you can enjoy a large variety of tropical plants in delicately decorated surroundings.Plaza Mayor is a large shopping area which is not located in Torremolinos itself, but just next to the airport and IKEA. Here you will find all major brands such as Zara, H&M, Stradivarius and so on. There is also a large entertainment and restaurants area at Plaza Mayor with lots of fun for the entire family. There is a cinema at Plaza Major that shows at leat one movie with original english language every night. The train stops right next to Plaza Mayor. Mijas Pueblo is very beautiful with views of the Costa del Sol and is suitable as a day trip. You can get there by car or bus. Mijas Pueblo is full of souvenir shops where you can buy traditional ceramics and leather goods, visit the very special bull ring, you can take a donkey-taxi or you can climb up to the top of the mountain or enjoy a lovely dinner overlooking the Costa del sol.
Benalmadena has a large Tivoli with exciting rides for every bravement level and there is also a scary haunted house with live actors. Right next to the Tivoli is the departure station of Teleferico, a cable car which takes you to a mountain with stunning views over the Costa del Sol. On a clear day you can see all the way to Africa from here. Up there on the mountain there is a bird park featuring bird shows with eagles and condors.
The Zoo in Fuengirola is very small, but the space is well utilized. The zoo is decorated with the animal's natural habitat, and you get very close to the animals. In 2004 the Fuengirola zoo was awarded as Europe's best.
The only horse race track on the Costa del Sol, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is located in Mijas, just above La Cala de Mijas. It hosts a range of activities such as horse racing late at night during the summer, sometimes concerts and sometimes horse shows.
The water park in Mijas, Parque Aquatico Mijas, is located at the border between Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Here you will find water slides for children and adults, wave pools and lots of fountains and small pools for children of all ages. The park is open from late April to late September.
There are also many nice places to visit just a few hours' journey from Torremolinos, such as Seville, Granada, Morocco and of course Tarifa.
Torremolinos is situated along the local train between Malaga and Fuengirola. The entrance to the train station is in the pedestrian street in Torremolinos centre. There are departures three times per hour from early in the morning until around at 24:00 at night. Check train schedules on www.renfe.com
There are also buses from Torremolinos to Fuengirola, Malaga, Marbella and Benalmadena etc. For timetables see Portillo's website here ...Read more about the markets and shopping in Torremolinos ... http://basicspanishclasses.com you will find Spanish courses in Torremolinos and many other cities in Spain.
Torremolinos is one of the nicest places to live on the Costa del Sol. Because of the proximity to the airport and the train line and a large selection of shops, cafes and restaurants Torremolinos is one of the most urban places you can stay on the Costa del Sol. Torremolinos is also close to Malaga and Marbella which are popular places to take a day trip when one is resident here.
Torremolinos is a very diversified area, thus you can easily choose to live in the busy center or to stay in a quiet residential area or in one of the many family-friendly housing cooperatives located around Torremolinos. Housing prices have not fallen as much in Torremolinos as in many other cities in Spain after the financial crisis because it is close to the beach and the airport.