- Torremolinos All inclusive holidays
If there’s one Spanish destination that is immediately associated with sun, sea and sangria, it’s Torremolinos. Sitting on the sunshine coast, this Costa classic has a reputation for being a family friendly, budget destination where you are practically guaranteed a couple of weeks of sunshine and a spot on the beach. It’s 12km south of Malaga, with the Malaga Bay in front and the towering Mijas Mountains behind. It’s a clean, safe and surprisingly authentic destination, that’s loved as much by the Spanish as it is by Brit and European tourists.
Just a short stroll from the beach is the district of La Carihuela, which used to be the main fishing port for the town. It’s one of the few places that hasn’t been overwhelmed by redevelopment, and you can get a real feel for the original town here. Its seafront is lined with restaurants serving fresh fish and shellfish dishes, and behind the front is a maze of narrow streets filled with little boutiques and bric-a-brac shops.
One of the best family friendly spots to head for during Torremolinos holidays is Playamar, a stretch of beach that has plenty of room for everyone. It’s got playgrounds and entertainment for the kids, and during the summer evenings film screenings are arranged on the beach, a truly unique and memorable addition to any holiday experience.
Torremolinos holidays are perfect for exploring the Costa: just a few miles up the coast is Malaga, where not only will you find shops, bars and restaurants, but caves with some of the oldest paintings in the world, an 8th century fort, and a museum dedicated to Picasso. In the opposite direction is Mijas, where every Wednesday there’s a flamenco show, and almost every week there’s a fiesta bringing this quaint little town to life.
The name ‘Torremolinos’ comes from the Torre de Pimentel, or Torre de los Molinos, a huge 14th-century fortress that towers 12 metres high. It’s known locally as the ‘Torre Vigia’ and is open to the public. It’s also free, and if you climb to the top you’ll have a spectacular view of the town and bay below.
If you get tired of the beach then to the west of the town is Parque la Bateria, a tranquil and pretty park that has a great view of the bay. It’s criss-crossed with cycle paths, and filled with fountains, statues and a lake that makes a perfect spot for a picnic.
It’s slightly bizarre and not what you’d expect on the average holidays to Torremolinos, but one of the biggest attractions in the town is the Crocodile Park. And yes, it is actually full of crocodiles, more than 300 of them, to be exact! The park is a huge hit with the kids, who can also get a little closer to some less bitey critters such as cute pigmy goats, birds, prairie dogs and emus.
The San Miguel Hermitage is one of the area’s best known manmade landmarks, and is famous for its celebrations of San Miguel, which attracts huge crowds every year. It’s open all year round and entry is free, making it a great budget friendly landmark to visit.
Built in 1925 and definitely one of the most striking buildings in the whole of Torremolinos, the Casa de los Navajas is currently run by the local council but is definitely worth a photo opportunity or two. It’s big, bold and quite pointy, which probably accounts for its name as the ‘House of Knives’! It’s also incredibly ornate and very pretty, and there are plans to turn it into a museum and function centre to make the most of this amazing building.
Torremolinos has a thriving pub and club scene, with the most vibrant and popular clubs lining the seafront. It’s noisy, it’s loud, and it goes on until dawn, so if you love the nightlife you’ll love Torremolinos. The town has a large gay community too, and is very LGBT friendly.
For families, there’s evening entertainment provided by the hotels, including theme nights where you can get a taste of Spanish culture including flamenco dancing. Many of the local bars have live music nights, although these tend to be heavy on the tribute bands and karaoke evenings, rather than traditional Spanish music.
There is a more cultural side to All inclusive Torremolinos holidays, and it’s worth exploring the museums, galleries and exhibitions throughout the region to get a true taste of the authentic Spain. However, the majority of families will be heading for the water slides, theme parks and days out at various zoos and attractions.
Bars and restaurants also offer live music, and you’ll find most tribute bands doing a tour of Torremolinos at some stage, so don’t be surprised if you stumble on Abba or AC/DC on your travels!
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Torremolinos
There are six main beaches in Torremolinos, Playamar, La Cariheula, Los Alamos, Bajondillo, El Saltillo and Montemar. If you’re looking for a quieter spot to chill out and relax then Los Alamos is generally the one with the smallest crowds, although there are still plenty of facilities that make it a family friendly spot for a days sunbathing and paddling. The beaches are sandy, wide and spacious, and the water quality is generally very good. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, and the shallow water is ideal for paddling and swimming, even for little ones or those who aren’t the strongest of swimmers. All inclusive holidays in Torremolinos offer a beach for every occasion. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Torremolinos? Check out our other amazing deals for Torremolinos holidays!