Torremolinos is the oldest, busiest and brashest resort on the Costa del Sol and hugely popular with the British, However, the resort is also popular with Spanish holidaymakers as well who take their annual summer holidays mainly during July and August, their vacation time normally lasts last in the region of 4 weeks, which takes into account some national holidays. Parts of the original fishermen''s quarter of La Carihuela have survived the catapult into a popular holiday destination and also helped it regain its independence back in 1988.
Torremolinos has a well maintained clean broad golden sand beach that stretches for 9km (5.5 miles). It is divided into Playamar/Bajondillo to the east and Playa La Carihuela to the west. Both are amply provided with sun beds, shades and lifeguards. La Carihuela features excellent local chiringuitos (beach bars). Most water sports are available during high season.
The Costa del Sol is also known as the Costa del Golf, with many championship courses within easy reach of Torremolinos. Just east is Málaga Golf, the oldest course on the Costa del Sol (Málaga-Algeciras Motorway, signposted ‘Parador'', in the grounds of the Parador). At Benálmadena Costa (Carretera Cádiz, Km 220) is Torrequebrada, a spectacular hilly course which has hosted many world class tournaments including the Spanish Open. On the outskirts of the town pine forests are a popular area for horse riding. The El Ranchito Riding School (Senda del Pilar, 4) caters for all levels of experience. They also organize a very popular equestrian show of Andalucian horsemanship every Wednesday. The old part of Benalmádena, known as Benalmádena Pueblo (by contrast with modern Benalmádena Costa), is a picturesque typical Andalucian village.
Aqualand (Calle Cuba, 10, just off Carretera N-340) is the biggest water park on the Costa del Sol, with dozens of thrilling rides, slides, flumes plus pools. Next door is the Crocodile Park with around 300 inmates weighing up to 600 kilos. There is also a mini zoo especially for the children. Benalmádena Costa is home to three major family attractions. The long-established Tivoli World (Avenida Tivoli, Arroyo de la Miel) is the largest amusement park on the coast with theme park and funfair rides and shows of every kind. Very closeby, at Parque de la Paloma, Selwo Marina is the region''s newest attraction. It combines a dophinarium, penguinarium, sea lion and parrot displays. There is a good children''s play area and the opportunity to swim with the sea lions. At the Puerto Deportivo, The Sea Life Centre is an old favourite with dozens of up-to-the-minute displays of native and exotic denizens of the deep, plus feeding demonstrations and presentations.
Calle San Miguel, pedestrianised and lined by cafes, is the main shopping street in Torremolinos. It sells all the usual tourist paraphernalia, and features Spanish and international brand name shops retailing gifts, shoes, clothes, jewellery and so on. Serious shoppers should head to neighboring Málaga where there is a wide choice of international and Spanish shopping of all kinds. On Thursday the market comes to town and on Sunday there is a flea market (both held at the Recinto Ferial Fair Grounds).
Torremolinos boasts one of the biggest nightlife scenes on the Costa del Sol, with a varied assortment of disco bars and clubs. Here, size matters and many of the clubs on Avenida Palma de Mallorca are huge - Fun Beach is one of the largest nightspots in Europe with several dance floors and a swimming pool. By contrast, Torremolinos is also home to the Principe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium (Carretera Pedro Navarro Bruna), which stage large-scale classical concerts, theatre and ballet.
For a typical Andalucian dining experience, eat alfresco in the courtyard at La Perla (Calle Ibiza, Benalmádena Pueblo). If you''re feeling lucky head to the casino at the Hotel Torrequebrada (Avenida del Sol, Benalmádena Costa) The hotel also stages international cabaret and flamenco.