We always associate Torremolinos with the beach and summer, but our city is also a cultural and modern destination where you can visit original corners such as the Botanical Garden, immerse yourself in its history with buildings such as the Pimentel Tower or enjoy with your children in the Battery Park. Here we show you 6 places you must visit if you come to Torremolinos.
If you walk along the «Paseo Marítimo» seafront promenade next to the Bajondillo, you will find this small palace from 1925, which owes its name to Antonio Navajas, owner and businessman who was dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane. The property, which was recovered by the Torremolinos City Council in the year 2000, was completely renovated for the public five years later.
The Casa de los Navajas is located on a cliff and consists of two floors with a neo-Mudejar aesthetic, which was common in Spain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. If you look at the photos, which remind you of the Alhambra in Granada, you are not very misled.
You can reach La Casa de los Navajas via the street of the same name or via Las Mercedes street. It is open every day with free entry. Check out the cultural program as it usually hosts exhibitions, concerts and plays.
You stand in front of the tower that gives the city its name. The «Torre de los Molinos» (currently known as Torre de Pimentel) is a defensive tower that was built in the Nasrid period between the 13th and 15th centuries, within the network of defensive towers built all over the coastline during the ancient kingdom of Granada. The name change is in recognition of Don Rodrigo de Pimentel, Count of Benavente, a soldier who assisted the Catholic Monarchs in the conquest of Malaga at the end of the fifteenth century. Torre Pimentel is located between Calle San Miguel and Cuesta del Tajo, on the road leading to Bajondillo Beach. It is 12 meters high and built in brick and adobe, and although it has been declared a place of cultural interest, the interior visit is not yet allowed, although the city council of Torremolinos has a transformative plan for its restoration,as the tower is practically broken from the inside. However, if you walk down Calle San Miguel to the promenade and come across this building, it makes you imagine the history of Torremolinos. Also, if you like shopping, next to the Pimenteltoren you will find a rich walk through small shops that you will love.
If you come with kids, it’s a more than «you must» visit. The Battery Park, north of La Carihuela and next to the Montemar Alto train stop, is the perfect place to disconnect and have a good time. It has more than 74,000 square meters and in the park you will find more than a thousand trees of 25 different species. One of the attractions is a large artificial lake where you can also take a boat trip, which you can rent there.
Another major attraction of the park is the beautiful Venetian-style merry-go-round in the background, where the youngest members of the family can enjoy their more than 50 figures with giraffes, horses and floats.
For those who love a panoramic view, from the watchtower, with a height of 15 meters, you can see one of the best views of Torremolinos. But don’t worry, you can also reach the top of the tower by elevator.
The Battery Park is an essential place for your visit if you come with children.
The Molino de Inca Botanical Garden is the perfect place to relax during your visit to Torremolinos.
The Botanical Garden is located around the Inca springs, the cave and the natural bathing pool later called the King’s Pool on the occasion of the visit of King Alfonso XIII for the inauguration of the water transfer from Torremolinos to Malaga and the Engineering edifice of the Pantano del Chorro.
The history of Torremolinos is, as the name implies, closely linked to mills and water. And it is that the different resources in the area caused different industries to develop around them. This is the case with the mill that takes its name from the Botanical Garden, Molino de Inca, which produced flour for many years.
The complex was not always like this, but, like other special places in Torremolinos, the garden underwent an extensive restoration and reopened its doors in 2003. Inside you can transport yourself to another world, with almost a thousand plant species, home to 150 species of palm trees, 300 trees and 400 shrubs stand out. Open your ears well as there are a dozen different birds living in the complex. Water remains the protagonist of the complex and, over the course of the visit, finds many decorative elements with fountains and small waterfalls that mimic the origin of the springs. You should not miss the Japanese garden with about 500 square meters or the natural maze in the central part of the complex.
La Punta de Torremolinos is a natural monument that separates the beaches of La Carihuela and El Bajondillo.
It is a natural divide in Torremolinos, a magnificent monument that separates two of the city’s most famous beaches: La Carihuela and El Bajondillo. The natural viewpoint of El Morro served as a solution to avoid the vulnerability, which came from the sea, in the area and usually with protagonists such as pirates and invaders. In the 18th century there was a defensive battery.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the defense complex was acquired by an English soldier named George Langworthy and was converted first into his residence and later into one of the first hotels on the Costa del Sol, the Hotel » Castillo de Santa Clara». If you want to know more about its history, don’t hesitate to visit the post «Torremolinos: Pioneer Destination» where we want to tell you some anecdotes about it.
If you like hiking, you must visit the natural landscape of La Cañada del Lobo. There you will find a beautiful natural viewpoint where the image of a wolf stands out and also gives the name to the viewpoint, from where you can admire the entire coast, the mountain range «La Hoya de Málaga» and in the distance the Sierra Nevada.
To start the route PR-A172 you have to go to the «Pinar de Torremolinos». Opposite the plant nursery and a few meters from the botanical garden, and from there you will find directions to start the climb that will take you to the top which is part of the Great Hiking Trail of Malaga. You will find more information about the walking route on the website of the town hall of Torremolinos.
The natural viewpoint of La Cañada del Lobo is a must for hiking enthusiasts.