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Water and Torremolinos, a historical link

Springs have for centuries been silent witnesses to the development of Torremolinos, the common thread of our history. The water that flows from the Sierra de Torremolinos and produces enough strength, to flourish the industry of the spinning mills,  for many years in our city.

Around the water, which adorns the history of Torremolinos, homes and its urban fabric were erected, which after the tourism boom, became the city you see today, but where the water essence still endures in the small details and history of the City. A story that is inescapably linked to the water that for centuries flowed along its paths into the Mediterranean sea.

Public Fountains: living history of Torremolinos

From that past linked to water, there are still some symbols of the importance of the springs on some streets of Torremolinos. Throughout history, there have been several public fountains that have given water in Torremolinos. The fountain of the Bajondillo and the fountain of Carrasco, located at the junction between San Miguel and Casablanca street, already disappeared, give rise on the Camino del Agua, to the Plaza Costa del Sol, which for years was displaced from its original position, but after the remodeling and its conversion into a pedestrian area, has returned to its origin, becoming one of the most decorative elements of great ethnographic value on the square.  The fountain dates back to 1873, and is part of the oldest urban furniture that our city preserves.

If you follow the so-called water path, after the fountain on Plaza Costa del Sol, you will find the Calvario fountain. For years the neighbors of this traditional and picturesque neighborhood of Torremolinos, have made use of its water, which has been watering the area since the 50s or 60s. You will find it at the intersection of  Calle Fernando de Prado with Calle  Europa.

Very close to it, there is another fountain, that you will rarely find empty, since the neighbors of Torremolinos continue to supply themselves from its water. It is the Pinar Fountain, at the recreational area of the Manantiales, in the Pine forest, just behind the Water Park.

About twenty mills, supplied by the force of water

Taking advantage of the fact, that an important waterway came down  from the springs, the inhabitants decided to erect several mills on either side of the riverbed, or “cau” as it was commonly known. They were flourishing since the 15th century, promoting various industries in the Torremolinos network. Some estimate, that the first mills were installed by the Arabs, who also erected the Tower of Pimentel. Others consider the mills to be older than the tower.  What seems to be clear, is that the mills were of great importance in designating our city and vital for development until the first decade of the twentieth century. The water flowed from the springs of the Inca Cave and this provided the strength to move the grinding wheels that crushed grain or metals. You can see an example in the Botanical Garden Molino del Inca, where the sound of water will remind you of the history of our city.

One of the first documented is the La Plana Mill, a mill that was used in the paper industry. The Inca mill was used for flower. They were operating until 1923, when the water from Torremolinos was diverted to the city of Málaga. The last to stop working, the Manojas Mill.

A route that recreates the Water Trail

It is a hiking route that will link the center of Torrremolinos and the history of the springs and water, with two of the hiking trails that you can already enjoy in Torremolinos: the Great Senda of Málaga and the Senda Litoral along the coast. You can get to know the fountains and different ecosystems, that you find on our streets, as well as the culture and historical heritage of Torremolinos.

On the  water path, some geographical points of special value stand out, such as the birth of the Cañuelo or the Cuevas del Toro and the Murciélagos caves, until you reach the area known as the Cañada del Lobo, with a viewpoint with the best views over the Bay. Don’t forget to take the traditional photo with the wolf statue and of course share it with us on our social networks.

Llevamos Torremolinos a tu casa

Llevamos Torremolinos a tu casa

Torremolinos Turismo
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Navega por nuestro blog y descubrirás que Torremolinos, aunque siempre lo relacionemos con playa y verano, también es un destino cultural y moderno donde se pueden visitar rincones tan originales como el Jardín Botánico o dar un vuelta a bordo de una jábega tradicional.

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