Spain is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe.
It is home to beautiful beaches, a unique blend of cultural and historical attractions, and some of the best gastronomy in the region.
Travelers visit for the architectural marvels such as the Alhambra and Sagrada Familia, because it boasts more blue flag beaches than any other European country by a significant margin, and because it boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year.
But one Spanish town is breaking all tourism records this year.
Torremolinos has just achieved a record-breaking August with its highest-ever number of both overseas arrivals and overnight stays.
Here’s why now is a great time to visit this beautiful Spanish town:
Torremolinos is in the heart of Spain’s famous Costa del Sol region. Once upon a time it was nothing more than a small fishing village but when mass tourism came to Spain the area was transformed and now it is visited by millions of tourists every year.
Because of this much of Torremolinos was constructed in the mass development era of the 60s and 70s. The old and original town is relatively small but unique compared to other old towns in the region.
Those looking for history won’t be disappointed here. Torremolinos is home to Casa de los Navakas. This is a Moorish palace constructed in 1925 which is a beautiful site in its own right and offers incredible sea views.
What’s more, Torremolinos has an excellent coastline and beautiful beaches. The 9km long stretch of beaches in the town is the main attraction for tourists.
The largest beach in Torremolinos is Playa de la Carihuela. It has sheltered and shallow waters that are ideal for swimming, and the fine dark sand beach is incredibly popular for beach sports and sunbathers alike.
Now that the summer crowds have disappeared, it is the perfect time for visitors in Torremolinos to explore Fuente de la Saludbeach. This is the smallest beach in the town, and its central location makes it one of the most popular. Visit off-season to have a patch of these beautiful fine sands to yourself!
Fall is a pretty mild time of year in Torremolinos and it is still possible to enjoy the beach. You’ll find people sunbathing and even swimming right through to November.
Welcoming Night Life
Torremolinos is known for its vibrant and liberal nightlife where everyone is welcome. It is home to a huge number of bars and clubs that cater to the LGBT community.
Torremolinos Pride is a testament to how welcoming the town is. The event takes place on the last weekend of May every year and what started out with just two floats is now a huge celebration. Tens of thousands of people descend on the town to attend each year.
For this reason Torremolinos is often referred to as the unofficial gay capital of Spain.
From October 11-15 the town will host Infinity Torremolinos. This is one of the most significant LGBT+ events in the region and attracts thousands of visitors. It is effectively a closing party that brings the summer season in the town to an official close.
The event falls during the annual Dia de la Hispanidad. This takes place on October 12 and is a national holiday in Spain, and is a great time to be in the country no matter where you choose to visit.
Torremolinos is popular thanks to its countless entertainment options that are accessible to everyone and the nightlife in the town isn’t just about hard partying. You’ll also find plenty of places to enjoy concerts, relax with a drink and a plate of tapas, or sit on a terrace and watch the world go by.
Even during the fall and winter months Torremolinos has an active nightlife. This is significant because many Spanish beach resorts begin to shut down when the summer season is over.
The winter nightlife feels authentic because you’ll find more Spaniards celebrating in the bars and clubs than in the summer months. This makes Torremolinos a great place to visit if you’re looking for a bustling nightlife even during the official low season.
Whilst it’s possible to spend a whole vacation exploring Torremolinos the town is also perfectly located to explore many other attractions that Southern Spain has to offer.
The other popular towns of Benalmadena, Fuengirola, and Malaga can all be reached in under 30 minutes and transport links along the whole coastline are excellent no matter what the time of year.
Fuengirola is just a 15-minute drive away from Torremolinos and is famous for having the longest seafront in Spain. Like Torremolinos you’ll find beach bars, clubs, and discos here.
You can also stop here for shopping on the famous San Miguel Street. This is a well-known avenue full of chain stores, independent shops, and cute cafes.
To immerse yourself in a traditional Spanish experience head to Fuengirola between October 6-12. These are the dates of this year’s Rosario Fair. This is one of the most famous traditional ferias in Andalusia. Visitors can enjoy seeing traditional costumes and parades of horses pulling beautiful decorated carriages.
October 7 is the town’s patron Saint Day and begins with a Flamenco Mass in churches across the town followed by dancing and parties as part of the festival.
Torremolinos is also only 6km away from Malaga airport which means that it’s an easy destination to incorporate as part of a wider Spanish or European tour.
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