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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.
Beaches in Torremolinos
Torremolinos has a long, spacious, beautiful beach that is usually busy and packed with sunbathers and water sports activities. There are plenty of beach restaurants (chiringuitos) where you can enjoy a light meal or a complete dinner and of course you can hire sunbeds on most of the beaches. The beach on the southern side of the marina continues to Benalmadena.
Parque de la Bateria
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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.
Activities in TorremolinosThere is a large water park in Torremolinos Aqua Land, which is very popular among tourists along the entire costa del Sol. This attraction can be very crowded during the peak season. Discount vouchers can be picked up in most hotels and in the tourist information. The park is open from May to September. For more information about the opening hours and prices, please visit their home page www.aqualand.es/torremolinos
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 is only a 10 minutes drive from Torremolinos and is probably the place with most tourist attractions on the entire Costa del Sol. Down by the harbour there is an aquarium, Sea Life, that portrays sea life in the region. There are organized diving and dolphin safaris every day (during the tourist season). The Paloma park is the city's large park with lots of wild chickens, rabbits and turtles. Here you can wander around among the beautiful flowers, trees, artificial waterfalls, ponds and fountains, you can sunbathe on the grass or simply bring your picnic basket and have a picnic. The Paloma park has lots of play grounds for children of all ages. Right next to the Paloma park is Selwo Marina, with ia Sea lions, dolphins and shows with tropical birds. If you have a dream to swim with dolphins you may find it here. Benalmadena has a large Tivoli with a large ferris wheel and exciting rides for every bravement level and there is also a huge scary haunted house with live actors. Right next to the Tivoli is also the departure station to 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 which hosts 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.
Gibraltar is located west of Torremolinos and is one of the places to see and experience while you are here. Travel Agencies arrange day trips to Gibraltar or you can rent a car.
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.
Car hire in TorremolinosWhen you need to hire a car in Torremolinos there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive Torremolinos by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga. Read more...
Traveling and transportation in TorremolinosThe nearest airport is Malaga which is only about 15 minutes drive from Torremolinos.
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.
Living in TorremolinosTorremolinos has a large expat population with british schools, pubs, restaurants and a variety of social events arranged by and for expats.
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.
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