The municipality of Torremolinos stretches along the coastal strip from the mouth of the river Guadalhorce to Benalmadena and up into the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas.
Although the history of the town seems to start in 1489, Torremolinos is a typical product of the boom tourism in the sixties, starting life as a small fishing village and evolving into in a large and populous town devoted almost entirely to the sun and beach tourism, having beaches with all related facilities, to which must be added the existence of a Palacio de Congresos has been repeatedly been an important venue for international meetings.
Some of the features of the past of the town have been preserved in the neighbourhoods of Bajondillo and Carihuela, but over all stands the Torre de Pimentel.
The main town of Torremolinos is 50 metres above the sea, is 12 kilometres from Malaga city and 5km from the International Airport, Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The average rainfall in the municipality is 500 l/m2 and the average annual temperature is 18 º C.
Casa de los Navajas
Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. del Carmen (Church of Our Lady of Carmen)
Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel (Church of St. Michael Archangel)
In Torremolinos you can taste all the dishes typical of the cuisine of the Costa del Sol in particular and Andalusia in general, not to mention the more than 250 international restaurants, among which there are many Italians, Germans, Scandinavians, British, American, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, etc … catering also to many other tastes and palates.
It is, however, in the beach facilities, known popularly as “chiringuitos”, where visitors will find more authentic dishes from all over the region, most notably the “pescaito frito”, or fried fish, the designation of origin of which was coined in La Carihuela about 1960, also clams, paellas, soups, seafood, salt fish, sardine kebabs and refreshing and nutritious gazpacho, made from local ingredients: olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and that “special touch” that sets it apart from all others.
Other recommended “platos malagueños” are undoubtedly roasted pepper salad, which, after having been cut into strips, has the addition of onion and small pieces of tomato soaked in vinegar, oil and salt, also rape ali oli (a type of garlic mayonnaise), Antequera casserole, with small pieces of ham and slices of boiled eggs and beans “a la rodeña”.
Among the dessert highlights are fritters, “Yemas de Ronda”, white donuts from Coin and “Typical Torremolinos Oil Cakes,” a sweet flavor that has been produced from time immemorial and having been an established industry since 1908.
You proceed directly from the airport or other point on the Costa del Sol, as the signposts to Torremolinos leave you in no doubt as to direction. The Mediterranean and the old N-340, now converted into a boulevard passing through the centre of the city give access to this tourist destination.
Distances from Torremolinos
Mijas 19 km
Malaga 14 km
Estepona 70 km
Antequera 67 km
Gibraltar 124 km
Fuengirola 16 km
The Monument to Europe
Numerous were the seductions of Zeus, god supreme of the Olympus and tather of all men. Born to Telephassa, wife to Aegenor, king of Tyre, was the princess called Europa, who one day playing with her friends by the seashore of Sidon was observed by Zeus,l who, captivated by her beauty, lusted for her.
Fearing rejection, Zeus assumed the guise of a beautiful and majestic white bull. This great creature, laying himself down before Europa, lowered his head gently to entice her. The other girls fled, but Europa was not frightened but fascinated by the gentle and lulling movements of Zeus, she drew nearer, patted him and even dared to climb on his back. The bull then took off and dived into the sea and sped away across the ocean with her astride, despite the young girl´s beseeching wails.
Zeus and Europa arrived at the island of Crete, where he revealed his true identity. There, close to a fountain not far from Gortyna, he seduced Europa under the shade of banana trees, which, in popular belief, received the privilige of never losing their leaves fro having marked the scene of the amours of Zeus and Europa.
And so, the ABDUCTION OF EUROPA was consummated. After her death, she received divine honours and in remembrance of his love of Europa, Zeus placed the shape of the great white bull in the sky as the constellation Taurus, one of the signs of the Zodiac. Europa, conferred her name to the continent that for two thousand five hundred years has led in the culture and development of humanity and that in 2004, in the figure of European Union, has achieved for the first time in human history the conscious and exemplary political and economic alliance between 25 different countries of the most heterogeneous customs, races and religious.
San Miguel Arcangel Church
Cristo Resucitado Parish Church
Casa de los Navajas
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