Torremolinos is often considered the archetype of the small Spanish village which in the sixties and seventies was massively overdeveloped to cater to huge masses of tourists avid for Spanish sun and food, drink and fun at affordable prices. In fact, it was the first such fisherman village in Spain to undergo such transformation, which, along with the development of Marbella, greatly shaped the Andalusian Costa del Sol into what it is today.
While today the town attracts a great number of temporary sun and fun vacationers in the summer, there are also reasons why you should not rule out Torremolinos as the place to find your dream home. One would be that among its vibrant nightlife, La Nogalera and nearby areas offer the highest concentration of LGBT bars and clubs in the Costa del Sol. If you are a member of the LGBT community and having easy access to bares del ambiente is a priority, then Torremolinos might be the place for you. And if this is not your priority, but are looking for a nice residential area in which to settle down, many new developments or luxury villas in Torremolinos might be just what you need, while offering the added advantage of an excellent connection to Málaga and the airport.
While the clubbing hot spot west of Málaga may be constantly changing, Torremolinos always has a loyal crowd that keeps coming back to the many bars and restaurants that can be found around the central Calle San Miguel. Serious clubbers and disco goers may end up at The Palladium. For some entertainment that reminds you that you are actually in Spain, you might prefer to visit the flamenco shows at Taberna Pepe López. And for something a little different, you should try the magic show at Chamber of Secrets.
You can enjoy six kilometres of great beaches in Torremolinos. Among them, the most famous would be La Carihuela, a good 2 kilometre stretch of beach with full facilities, where you will find great restaurants and chiringuitos. A good time to visit would be July 16th, when you can witness the unique catholic procession of Virgen del Carmen, in which faithful fishermen carry the effigy of the local Virgin Mary in a boat voyage.