Torremolinos was a small fishing town that underwent a large amount of tourist development in the 60s before becoming one of the most important holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol and in the whole of Spain. The beaches of Torremolinos are notable for their fantastic conditions throughout the year. They are well-maintained and are equipped with Red Cross lifeguard posts, watch towers and life-saving equipment. The Torremolinos beaches are also known for their cleanliness and their length. The five main beaches are Los Alamos, Playamar, El Bajondillo, La Carihuela and El Saltillo.
La Carihuela Beach
This is an urban beach with seafaring origins, situated at the city's western end between El Bajondillo Beach and Benalmadena. It is famous for its dark sand. La Carihuela has a length of 2100 metres and an average width of 40 metres. This is a very popular beach that boasts all kinds of services, including "chiringuitos" (beach bars), souvenir shops and restaurants specialising in the famous "pescaito frito" (fried fish).
This Torremolinos beach is located between El Bajondillo and Los Alamos and has a length of 1000 metres and an average width of 50 metres. Again, this is an urban beach comprised mainly of dark sand. This beach is also known as El Retiro.
El Bajondillo Beach
El Bajondillo Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Torremolinos. With dark sand and moderate waves, this beach measures 1100 metres in length and 40 metres in width and offers a wide range of services.
El Saltillo Beach
This beach is situated in the heart of Torremolinos' tourist area and is very close to all the tourist complexes. It is even next to the marina of Puerto Marina. This beach is perfect for families and it also has easy access for people with disabilities. There are many restaurants in the vicinity that specialise in local cuisine.
Los Alamos Beach
Surrounded by residential areas, this extensive beach and its beachfront promenade combine to create an area that is extremely popular with locals of Torremolinos. This beach is also known as El Cañuelo. It is a semi-urban beach of golden sand and moderate waves situated in the northern part of the city between Malaga and Playamar Beach. This beach can be moderately busy and it is renowned for the cultural and sporting events that take place here, as well as the opportunity for visitors to enjoy sports such as surfing and kite surfing.