Spain Guide


Torremolinos Nightlife

Torremolinos boasts the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast of Spain with hundreds of disco bars, clubs, huge dance halls and a thriving gay scene. Start your evening off with some tapas in one of the local Spanish bars in Calle San Miguel or take your pick of the international restaurants which line the promenade.

La Bodega in San Miguel is one of the most popular meeting points you get a great range of delicious, cheap tapas here (but don't bank on a seat in high season). Bar Central in Plaza Andalucia is good for cocktails and snacks which you can enjoy in a lively atmosphere on the French style covered terrace.

For a full scale meal, take your pick of more than 250 restaurants offering every imaginable cuisine including a good selection of Chinese, Italian and seafood "eateries."

Take your time because the bars and restaurants stay open late and the clubs won't be in full swing until the early hours of the morning.

When you've digested your food head off to the biggest disco in town (and reputedly the largest in Europe) the Fun Beach in Avenida Palma de Mallorca has several dance floors and a swimming pool. The waiting staff here wear swimsuits to serve you!

In the same street is the hugely popular Palladium disco, regarded by many as the most "happening" place in town. This also boasts a swimming pool, impressive strobes and spotlights and DJs who'll keep you boozing, bopping and bathing till 6am when the doors finally close.

In La Nogalera you'll find Oscar's, a disco bar which attracts a more "mature" crowd. This area of town is also the centre of the local gay scene. Popular gay bars here include Abadia, Contactos and Morbos. Nogalera is home to the top gay disco, Tension.

Many of the local bars and clubs have live cabaret shows, some of which can get quite raunchy with lap dancing and the emphasis on audience participation, be warned!

There's a good night out to be had at Hotel Torrequebrada in the nearby resort of Benalmádena take a taxi or arrange a visit through one of the local travel agents.

The hotel has a casino with 15 gaming tables and 34 slots. It stays open until 4am (5am at weekends). You can dine in one of the hotel's five restaurants and enjoy international cabaret and flamenco shows.

If you're visiting "Torrie" at the end of September you'll be able to join in the town's biggest fiesta of the year the feast of patron saint San Miguel when a giant "romeria" (outdoor party) attracts more than 200,000 revellers in a typically Spanish "knees up" to honour the town's patron saint. It's a spectacular event which combines time honoured traditions with modern day mayhem decorated carts pulled by oxen, religious processions and rock concerts all merge into one extraordinary and unforgettable end of season party.

The more culturally inclined should check with the local tourist office to see what events are taking place at the town's Principe de Asturias Municipal Auditorium which can accommodate an audience of nearly 8,000 for classical concerts, theatre and ballet.