Holidays in Torremolinos – Vibrant and exciting beach resort
Torremolinos is arguably one of the most well-known and much loved beach holiday destinations in Spain. The beauty of Torremolinos is that it offers something for everyone and attracts families, groups and couples thanks to the amazing climate and stunning beaches. The resort has managed to shake its cheap and cheerful package holiday image and is now a city of entertainment, diverse restaurants, sports facilities and of course fabulous golden beaches. Calle San Miguel is the heart of the town and it’s here you will find the best restaurants and boutiques or you can escape the bustle at the picture postcard fishing village of La Carihuela.
Holidays in Torremolinos can include trips to cities such as Malaga to experience the Spanish culture or Marbella for a touch of glamour. A short ferry ride can take you to the exciting city of Morocco; the diversity of attractions available in Torremolinos is breathtaking.
Knowing the best time to go to Torremolinos will mean you can obtain the most from your holiday. If you love sports and sightseeing activities with fewer crowds then you should consider the warm spring and autumn seasons when the resort does becomes slightly quieter. The low season months are the best time to take advantage of discounted flights and holiday offers and this includes the winter months. Summers will be busy and this will mean premium rates, especially during the school holiday periods such as Easter, August, October and Christmas.
Torremolinos is one of the most popular Spanish holiday destinations thanks to temperatures that reach a scorching 30C and over during the summer months. The climate is warm and dry year round and when rainfall does occur from November through March it will generally be infrequent and light. Evening temperatures during the summer months are a warm 20C during July, August and September. Spring and autumn are reliably warm seasons with temperatures of between 18C and 23C while winter sunshine holidays will see a maximum daytime temperature of 17C.
Excellent holiday offers can be found if you choose to book in advance or have a flexible schedule and can take advantage of last minute deals. The low season during spring, autumn and winter is the time when hotels and flights are available at discounted rates. Torremolinos will be quieter during the low season months but there is not a significant reduction in temperature, so you will be getting a sunshine holiday at a fraction of the cost. Take a look at our best deals on offer below or browse our late deals offers to ensure you find the lowest prices available.
Regular flights to Torremolinos depart from most UK city airports all year round. Flying time is approximately three hours to Malaga Airport (AGP) with an airport to resort transfer time of 15 minutes. Malaga Airport facilities include duty free shopping, restaurants, cafeterias, bars as well as airport hotels and car hire. Trains run from Terminal 3 to Torremolinos every 30 minutes with a journey time of 10 minutes; fares are approximately 1.85 euros (£1.50).
A taxi rank is located at the airport and fares to Torremolinos should be 15 euros (£12); taxis are unmetered and prices should be agreed with the driver. There is the option of independently booking a private transfer car online, 24 hours prior to arriving. Self-drive is another option if you wish to explore Costa del Sol and cars can be hired independently online. The main roads in Torremolinos are in good condition and driving is on the right.
Torremolinos has over 7km of clean golden sand beaches, many of which hold the European Blue Flag status. The main beaches include Bajondillo, Playamar and the always popular La Carihuela. The sunny climate means that the Mediterranean Sea is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving for much of the year. Grab a sun lounger and simply relax on some of the best beaches in the Costa del Sol.
Bajondillo Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Torremolinos, which means it does get lively during the summer months. You can expect to find plenty of watersports facilities here including water skiing, jet skiing and paragliding, and the promenade is a popular place for rollerblading. There is no shortage of bars and restaurants by the sea front and this beach exudes a vibrant atmosphere attracting families, couples and groups.
If you are looking for the best Torremolinos beach to simply relax and escape the crowds then head to San Julian Beach. Although unspoilt, this large beach includes a golf course at the Parador National Hotel and Golf Club. San Julian continues towards Malaga and is fairly quiet throughout the week although families will hold parties and barbecues at the weekends. Watersports are also available at San Julian and there is a nudist beach area.
The best beach for simply grabbing a sun lounger and taking shade under a palm tree is the family friendly Playamar Beach. This huge beach features fine grey sand that shelves gently into the shallow sea waters making it perfectly safe for small children. The placid waters are ideal for wind surfing and snorkelling and you won’t have to move far from the sand as the seafront boasts many bars, restaurants, shops and cafeterias.
The beaches of Torremolinos, stretching for 6km, are ideal for practicing all manner of water sports, and the resort has facilities for everything from jet skis, windsurfing and water-skiing to kitesurfing, kayaking and scuba diving. Two of the most popular beaches are Bajondillo and Playamar, ideal for swimming, with plenty of bars and cafes.
The area around Torremolinos is full of theme parks, with plenty of options to keep the whole family happy. Choose from day trips to Tivoli Amusement Park, the regions' largest theme park, Sea Life, with its aquarium and host of marine life, Aquapark, a water park with over 30 rides, and Selwo Marine and Safari Parks, a unique mix of zoo, safari and adventure parks.
The resort is home to an equestrian centre, where riders of all levels and abilities can enjoy leisurely treks in the nearby pine forests outside Torremolinos, and discover the beauty of the local countryside. As well as offering tuition, the riding school hosts shows for the public featuring riders performing 'equestrian ballet' in traditional Spanish dress.
The Costa del Sol's perfect climate attracts many golfers and the region boasts the highest concentration of courses in Europe. Torremolinos itself has a choice of three 18-hole golf courses within easy reach, ideal for beginners and experts alike, keen to enjoy a round in the sun.
As well as its extensive golfing facilities, Torremolinos offers other sports, such as tennis clubs and a 10-pin bowling alley, and the resort is home to a large sports stadium, regularly hosting international events. Bikes can be hired, for those looking to venture out into the countryside and escape the hustle and bustle of the resort. .
Fiestas are a regular event all over Spain, with Torremolinos holding its own local celebrations. After fiestas for the Virgin of Carmen in July, and Tourist Day in early September, the largest fiestas in Torremolinos occur in late September. Known as the Feria de San Miguel, this huge summer fair include sports events, as well as music, dancing, feasting, processions and fireworks, attracting up to 200,000 revellers every year.
Torremolinos offers a huge choice of shopping options, from traditional souvenirs and clothing to locally made jewellery, leather and the famous Lladro figurines, with the pedestrian area, lined with small shops and cafes, the hub of the resort. From tiny Spanish workshops to large international stores selling famous brands, this lively resort offers something for everyone.