Property in Torremolinos | Information
Torremolinos was originally a fishing village until tourism began to take an interest in the 1950’s. Being the first village within a few miles of Malaga it became the main point of access to the Costa del Sol with excellent train and bus connections to the centre and the Airport. Torremolinos was the first coastal area to be developed and it has evolved into an attractive resort with some of the best wide sandy beaches on the Costa del Sol.
While allowing development into the modern era, Torremolinos restricted development such that the centre has not lost its old world charm and has kept its Spanish traditions. Later in the 1980’s there was a restriction of the height of new developments meaning there are not so many high rise buildings spoiling the skyline as can be found in such places as Fuengirola.
The wide sandy blue flag beaches attract visitors of all nationalities and ages whether for a relaxing time, sunbathing or to take part in the numerous different water sports that are on offer. There is an amazing selection of places to eat, sources of entertainment, night clubs and other activities. After dark, the town comes alive with its night life, restaurants, and bars.
The first gay bar opened in the 1960’s, it was Toni’s bar, and spearheaded the gay movement in Torremolinos, until in 1971 under the Franco government its tolerance stretched to a point where he ordered that the bars and clubs be raided. Between 130 and 400 people were arrested, mostly tourists, some were deported and some just received a fine. However, from the end of Franco’s dictatorship to the present day Torremolinos has become the gay and LGBT capital of southern Spain. There are also a few LGBT “Pride” festivals held in the town throughout the year.
In the heart of the town is a pedestrian precinct where many luxury shops are situated catering to every nationality as do the restaurants. This is a great place to people watch, especially at night, when street entertainers, vendors and the legendary” Lookie Lookie” men ply their trade, to give a long-lasting memory of your time in this wonderfully diverse town.
On the eastern side of Torremolinos on the wide promenade, there are many strollers people watching and avoiding the roller skaters whizzing up and down the broad footpaths. There are also plenty of cycles lanes marked out to protect the pedestrians from the those on wheels.
At about every 100mtrs there are Chiringuitos, all built and operated to the very high standards set by the town hall. They offer mainly a Spanish menu, but there are many who have on offer a more international cuisine. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and stop at one of these Chiringuitos for a bite to eat, or drink a cool delicious cocktail in some of the numerous beach side bars with their very comfortable outdoor lounges, and listen to even cooler music played by many, some of it live.
Carihuela is the site of the original fishing village, and around the area are some of the best seafood restaurants to be found on the Costa del Sol serving not only a selection of the freshest local catch and variety of seafood but some of the rarer fish that are found more so in the Atlantic.
There are a variety of properties for sale in Torremolinos from traditional style Andalusian villas to very modern apartments. Sol Villas is well positioned to be able to advise and arrange viewings on most properties for sale.
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