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TORREMOLINOS

Torremolinos is the largest of the resorts in the Costa del Sol and probably the most famous, closely followed by Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Malaga. It has received somewhat of a bad reputation, which has led local authorities to improve the cleanliness of the beaches and make an effort to keep the night life under control. During the tourist season, different nationalities come together in Torremolinos for a little 'fun in the sun.' During the day the 9 km of beach are packed with bodies taking advantage of the summer sun. Temperatures often hover around 30° and 40° C (from 85° to over 100° F). There are plentiful beachfront cafés (called chiringuitos) selling fried fish, snacks and soft drinks, which are as good as the ride back from the main beach to the centre of town - uphill all the way. When the sun sets, the town is still full of life. Torremolinos restaurants provide almost all possible flavours, so you won't feel like you're only trying typical Andalusian food. Torremolinos are in abundance which claim their heritage from one nationality or another: Irish, British, Dutch and German. Name it and Torremolinos probably has it. If you like fish we stronlgy recommed you to visit La Carihuela, it has the best concentration of fish restaurants in the Costa del Sol. Crowded nightclubs pump out the latest music and remain open until dawn, or even later. There's no mistaking: Torremolinos is a place to have fun, so if you're looking for calm and relaxation do it Somewhere else. Torremolinos, formerly a district of Malaga and a separate municipality since 1988.. There are four well-differentiated population centres: El Calvario, El Bajondillo, La Carihuela and the network of streets that make up the most traditional district of the city. The first human settlements in this municipality date back no less than 150,000 years. That is the period from which date the nine human skulls found in the caves of El Tesoro, Los Tejones, El Encanto and Tapada. These caves no longer exist but used to be at Punta de Torremolinos, the present Castillo de Santa Clara, where clay vessels, axe heads, necklaces, bracelets and rings were also found. Neolithic remains 5,000 B. C. have also been found of what according to the historian Juan Temboury was a Mesopotamian people who settled in this place, where they would have found an excellent climate, natural shelters and abundant water, game and fish. During the Roman domination, Torremolinos was perfectly linked with Malaga and Cadiz by the road that was built to connect those two cities. Due to these good communications, three dried fish trading posts were set up in the municipality, mainly to produce the famous garum sauce, a fish product that was indispensable to Roman cuisine. All that remains of them, however, is a few signs of one of them on the grounds of the old Campamento Benitez. A small necropolis that came to light during some work on the Plaza Cantabria is also from the Roman era. The Arabs, with their undying reverence for water, did not hesitate to avail themselves of the stream that had its headwaters in the area of Los Manantiales and ran to the beach. They built numerous mills all along this stream. In about 1300, at the height of the Nazarite epoch, construction was begun on a defensive tower at the end of present-day Calle San Miguel to prevent, so far as was possible, invasions from the sea. The name of the city ('Tower-Mills') alludes to the tower and the mills. Shortly after the fall of Malaga, the Catholic Monarchs granted that capital ownership of the springs in Torremolinos. This decision was reaffirmed years later, in 1511, by Juana la Loca. Thus, quite a few years later, the mills that had been built by the Arabs gradually became inoperative for lack of a water current. It is an interesting footnote that the first resident of Torremolinos whose name appears in any official document was Alonso Martin, who was contracted as a tower guard with the mission of giving warning of invasions from the sea. One such invasion occurred in 1503, as is shown by a document in the Archives of the Malaga Cathedral. The resident in question was paid 25 maravedis per day, but since his job consisted of watching over the coast he was not permitted to have a fishing pole or play games. For failure to comply with that rule he could be punished by two months without pay or even expelled from the service. Pirate vessels did not relent in their harassment of the Malaga coastline, and in order to defend the Torremolinos coast Antonio Jimenez Mesa, the Royal Army engineer, proposed that a castle or artillery battery be built. This work began in 1770 on the site.


Torremolinos Police & Emergency Numbers

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 112
  • National Police : 091
  • Local Police : 092
  • Guardia Civil : 062
  • Fire Brigade : 080
  • Ambulance : 061

 

 

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