Torremolinos has been a leading destination in Spanish tourism starting in the 1950s and, above all, since the 60s and 70s when a boom turned the old village into a town, with hotels, bars and restaurants proliferating at a frenetic pace. The cosmopolitan, multicultural and tolerant atmosphere attracted visitors from all over the world, including celebrities like Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, who enjoyed excellent weather (with more than 300 days of sun each year), the Mediterranean Sea and vast beaches of fine sand.
Daytime leisure and nightlife, with something for everyone, and superb cuisine –from tapas and fried fish to the most international dishes–, helped convert Torremolinos into one of Spain’s most visited tourist destinations.
Torremolinos has managed to preserve the seafaring atmosphere on the streets of its most traditional neighbourhoods: El Calvario, El Bajondillo and La Carihuela.
In the historic part of town stands the parish church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, while it is also possible to find fine examples of noble architecture, outstanding among which is the Casa de los Navaja, built in the 19th century. But the greatest symbol of its heritage is the Torre de Pimentel or Torre de los Molinos, a defensive construction and which gives the city its name.
Meanwhile, in the area known as Cortijo del Tajo major archaeological sites have been uncovered corresponding to the Neolithic age, as well as the pre-Roman and Roman periods.
Next door to Torremolinos, it is possible to visit other towns in the Málaga region with a deep-rooted tourist tradition, such as Benalmádena and Fuengirola. Inland are mountain villages such as Mijas, which boasts typically Andalusian houses, or Alhaurín el Grande, with its church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación and the palace of Montellano. And only 12 kilometres from Torremolinos is Málaga capital, which combines important heritage, headed by the citadel and the Castle of Gibralfaro, with an enormous range of leisure opportunities.