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Sunshine, sand, and sangria: the classic ingredients of a holiday in Spain can all be found in lively Torremolinos, which is on the Costa del Sol.

Why go?

Torremolinos has been welcoming holidaying Brits for decades, so it knows a thing or two about great holidays in the sun...

Some come for the nightlife, some come for the amazing beaches, and some come for the delicious local food, but everyone checks into hotels in Torremolinos for just one main reason: a fantastic break in the heat of sizzling Spain. And that's exactly what you'll get in one of Spain's first package-holiday destinations.

From its humble roots the resort has grown steadily since the 1950s: hotels can be found in high-rise blocks; hundreds of restaurants and cafés pepper the area offering all kinds of global cuisine; and clubs, pubs and bars play the latest tunes and serve up cocktails in a rainbow of colours, alongside a classic Spanish red for the more conservative. But the gorgeous stretch of beach hasn't changed a bit, and that's why millions flock here every year when the resort shakes off its winter coat.

For another shot of excellent nightlife, Benalmadena is just 10 minutes along the coast. Malaga is also close by; you can visit by train or hire a car and see the city. The rest of the Costa del Sol is also worthy of exploration, and you can visit Gibraltar. The stunning countryside of Andalusia is just a short distance inland where you'll find quiet villages steeped in Spanish tradition. See the historic city of Ronda or mountaintop Mijas.

Where to stay

In Torremolinos, hotels range from basic hostels through to luxury five-star hotels...

You are sure to find something to suit your budget and style in Torremolinos. The Spanish love this resort just as much as holidaying Brits so it makes sense to book as early as possible to secure a great deal, especially during the peak summer months of July and August. You'll find budget hotels whatever the weather, as Torremolinos is home to a large number of accommodation providers and they keep prices low to stay competitive. Brands such as Melia, Sol, NH, Barcelo, H10 and Tryp are all represented, as well as many independent properties ranging in classification from one to five stars.

You can book self-catering apartments in the resort, or stay at hotels on bed and breakfast, half-board, full-board, or all inclusive.

The promenade of Paseo Maritimo runs behind the beautiful beaches and connects one end of the resort to the other. For a quieter stay, opt for a hotel towards the further reaches of town where the crowds dwindle and the evening entertainment is low key. For a livelier break in the sun, stay centrally and be close to the very best nightlife in Torremolinos.

What to see?

If you can resist the temptation to just doze in the shade after a morning in the sun there is much to see around Torremolinos...

The main attractions are obvious - the glorious beaches of Torremolinos are huge and pristine. But there's much more besides sun and sand...

Top five attractions

Beaches
The undoubted stars of the resort, the two main beaches - La Carihuela and La Bajondillo - are perfect for family fun, dipping in the sea, high-adrenaline water sports, and lying back with a good book.

Aqualand
This waterpark manages to lure visitors away from the beaches and hotel pools. It's got slides, flumes, wave pools and all kinds of wet adventures for all ages. The park is open between May and September.

Tivoli World
Make the short journey to neighbouring Benalmadena to experience the rides and see the shows at this famous Costa del Sol theme park.

Puerto Marina
A marina links the resorts of Torremolinos and Benalmadena via Montemar. Venture here to dine for special occasions or shop in the designer boutiques. The marina's nightlife is renowned.

Gibraltar
See the Rock - Britain's slice of Spain on a peninsula close to the southern tip of the country. The macaques that call the Rock home are famous (mostly for pinching snacks). It's less than a 90-minute drive from Torremolinos to “Gib”.

What's on?

Use our guide to find out what's happening when in lively Torremolinos...

No one needs an excuse in this resort to let their hair down and have a knees up, but these events are certain to fan the flames of the party atmosphere.

Events

Dia Del Pescaito; June:
If you love freshly-caught seafood - and mountains of it - this is the event for you. Every year La Carihuela Beach is home to a celebration of the bounty of the sea. Come hungry.

Fiesta de Virgen del Carmen; July: This is a traditional yet festive event where a statue of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of sailors and the sea - and therefore revered in these parts - is carried from church to water aboard a sea of eager participants who then swim out with her. It's quite a moving event to witness.

Feria de San Miguel; September: Celebrate Saint Michael with the Torremolinos locals as they dish up free paella during this week-long party - it might be worth enjoying the fairground rides before filling your belly.