Torremolinos holiday attractions - are you ready. The list is long in this well established Costa Del Sol resort, making Torremolinos a top Costa Del Sol resort for family holidays, stag and hen dos, group activity holidays or anyone basically who wants to get active and out and about.
Torre has a superb choice of family attractions on its doorstep including a Crocodile Park, Tivoli World Show and Amusement Park, nearby Sea Life Aquarium in Benalmadena, and a choice of boat trips from nearby Benalmadena Marina, not to mention Fuengirola Zoo, mini golf and amusements lining the Torremolinos promenade and pedalos and low key watersports on its many beaches. A recipe for resort holiday success indeed alongside those peak warm summer temperatures reaching into the 30s centigrade. You've a choice of nightly glamour packed shows too in venues like Benalmadena's Casino Torrequebrada. Don't miss the Benalmadena Cable car ride up to Mount Calamorro (boarding is beside Tivoli World Amusement Park in Benalmadena). Spectacular views of the Costa Del Sol coast and the African continent beyond are to be had up here!
Conveniently close to Torremolinos near neighbouring resort Benalmadena is the whooper of an amusement park - Tivoli World. Hold onto your sun hats as Tivoli World promises a mega amusement park adventure. There's a mix of entertainments here including numerous funfair styled rides (knuckle ones for the daring and mini rides for the tots). The 60m sheer vertical drop of the relatively new Caida Libre is particularly hair-raising.
There's a funfair feel here at Tivoli with old favourites like a big wheel, Twisters, Swing Boats and little carousel rides for younger visitors. Alongside this are a host of shows including flamenco dancing in the Andalusian Square, Wild West whoops in the Western Square with best barbecue Texas Grill inclusive and for smaller children the children's theatre and thematic Tivoli Landia Square performances. Also on-site are is the Tivoli Garden area, a rather jazzy botanic gardens, the model train exhibit and the Jurassic exhibit with life-size model dinosaurs!
Adjacent to the Tivoli World Amusement park is the Benalmedena Aerial Cable car which climbs its gentle ascent 2600 metres from Benalmadena up to Mount Calamorro. The ride takes around 15 minutes and the views of the Costa Del Sol Coast and interior along the way and at the peak are spectacular and not to be missed! On a clear day you're likely to make out the African continent in the distance from the top! Arriving at the top there's an exhibition on birds of prey - Mount Calamorro is home to eagles, falcons, owls and vultures. plus there's a Spanish dressage riding exhibition and numerous walking and mountain bike trails for exploring the site in-depth. Highly recommended, the cable car is open daily in the summer. See the Teleferico Benalmadena weblink right (Spanish only) or in English details are on the Visit Costa Del Sol site/Benalmadena.
Tivoli World Amusement Park, 29631 Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena Malaga. Tel. 952 57 70 16. (see website right for opening times and ticket options for rides and shows).
You'll learn quite a lot about crocodiles here at the Torremolinos Crocodile Park where around 300 Crocs live, from baby crocs to the big 5 metre long Big Nile Crocodiles.
The Big Daddy 600kg croc living here at the park is claimed to be Europe's biggest crocodile! The croc's nursery is a highlight too. Other animals are to be found in the Pet's Corner and Prairie Dogs as well as exotic birds, Raccoons and emu are on-site.
Picnic areas, an African museum, restaurant and more. The park is large, with an educational slant, breeding nursery area and safe and secure guided tours by handling experts.
Crocodile Park Torremolinos, C/Cuba, 14-29620 Torremolinos Malaga. Tel. 952 05 17 82. Open Daily, see website right for details.
Just adjacent to Benalmadena Marina sits the Sea Life Benalmadena attraction. Essentially a large aquarium with around 3000 marine creatures including turtles in the Turtle Reef zone. Other zones include the Tropical Lagoon, the Mediterranean Sea and Amazonia.
With a genuine educational slant, also on-site are other entertainments such as mini golf plus a shop and cafe. If the kids are getting bored of the beach or the sun dips for a bit here's where to head. Sea Life Benalmadena, Puerto Deportivo de Benalmadena 29630, Benalmadena Costa, Malaga. Tel. 952 56 01 50. See the Sea Life website right for more information. Sea Life have aquariums across the UK too. For more aquarium entertainment see too Selwo Marina Sea Adventure centre also in Benalmadena at Parque de la Paloma s/n 29630, Benalmadena Malaga. Tel. 902 19 04 82. (see weblink right for more details). Selwa also run the Selwo Aventura park in Estepona and the Teleferico cable car in Benalmadena, and special discount ticket prices are available if you visit all three.
Other popular family holiday attractions within easy reach of Torremolinos include Fuengirola Zoo, a recreation of a tropical forest. Fuengirola Zoo is involved in around 35 European endangered species breeding programmes. Checkout the zoo's website right for details. To get here and to Benalmadena you can join an excursion direct from your hotel, or simply hop aboard regular buses running towards Benalmadena and Fuengirola from Torremolinos bus station.
The further afield Costa Del Sol excursion choice from Torremolinos is excellent. It's easy to hook into excursions for dolphin watching and the cable car ride in Gibraltar, day trips to stunning inland Ronda and even more adventurous trips to Granada, Cordoba and even Seville are easily accessed with the many excursion outlets based here in this busy Costa Del Sol resort. With car hire trips out from Torremolinos to historic locations such as Granada demand a day really, as does Cordoba and Gibraltar. With visits to Seville your probably best grabbing a night's stay there.
Winner of the World's Best Marina on two occasions, and with adjacent blue flag beach, Benalmadena Marina is one of the best equipped and most pleasant marinas on the Costas.
Evening and lunchtime strolls around Benalmadena Marina are popular, with a choice of relaxing restaurants and bars available. Adjacent is the Comercial Puerto Marina Shopping Centre and the Sea Life Aquarium. Fishing trips and boat trips also tend to depart from Benalmadena Marina.
Benalmadena Marina is within easy reach from both Torremolinos and Benalmadena and well worth a visit during your holiday. Torremolinos' long Paseo Maritimo reaches as far as Benalmadena Marina to the west.
The Benalmadena City Sightseeing open top bus tour (hop on, hop off) stops at the marina on its sightseeing route around the main sights of Benalmadena. Highly recommended to get your bearings, the City Sightseeing tour tickets last for 24 hours and you can hop off and on at your leisure during that timeframe. Fully disabled-friendly, the route starts at Plaza Solymar just up from Benalmadena Marina and scoots along the coast then up to Selwo Marina, Parque de la Paloma and the Tivoli Teleferico cable car ride. The route also takes in Play Arroyo de la Miel then winds back to Benalmadena Marina. Their website is under construction (link right), but you'll find leaflets on City Sightseeing tours around both Torremolinos and Benalmadena.