Plaza de La Nogalera, July 2016. It would be an understatement to say that the Spanish resort of Torremolinos doesn’t have a great reputation. Disparaged by many as the grottiest of the Costa del Sol towns, I arrived here with staggeringly low expectations. After all, this is a resort that’s picked up unwanted nicknames like Torrid-Molinos and The Armpit Of Spain. Imagine my relief then when I exited the train station out into this sleepy little square. Ok, there was a Dealz pound shop and some tattooed bottom feeders leaning against a lamppost discussing how amazingly pissed they’d got the night before. But other than that the overall vibe seemed rather… pleasant.
Old Town, July 2016. The old town wasn’t too shabby either, a compact network of narrow streets and charming, magnolia-lined squares. And for those tired of sitting around drinking and eating, there’s the seventeenth century San Miguel Church and the fourteenth century mud-brick Pimentel Tower.
Paseo Maritimo, July 2016. Torremolinos’ beachside promenade runs along pretty much the entire coast of the town. Jam-packed with bars, cafes and shops, on the day of my visit there was also an impressive display of intricate sand sculptures.
Bajondillo Beach, July 2016. The most disappointing part of my visit was the town’s main beach, a largely characterless affair. The sand is clean enough, but with cluster after identikit cluster of parasol villages and a pebbly, muddy shoreline, there’s little to get excited about. Maybe I’ve been spoilt after so many years discovering the beaches and islands of Asia.
Casa de los Navajas, July 2016. Bajondillo Beach stretches off into the distance as far as the eye can see. At some point I decided to cut back into town and was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this grand mansion. A plaque outside the main gate informs passers by that it was the former home of Antonio Navajas Ruiz, a famous sugar cane farmer. Constructed by the architect Francisco Fernandez Fermina, it’s now a national monument open to the public for free tours.