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Torremolinos Malaga

The approach to Torremolinos - easily done via a 30 min ride on the electric train from Málaga - is a rather depressing business. There are half a dozen beaches and stops, but its a drab, soulless landscape of kitchenette apartments and half-finished developments. In recent years the local council have been trying to give the resort a facelift, the main feature of which has been the construction of a new seafront promenade and the renovation of the old town, the narrow alleyways of which are not without charm.

Torremolinos, to its enduring credit, is certainly different: a vast, grotesque parody of a seaside resort, which in its own kitschy way is fascinating. This bizarre place, lined with sweeping beaches and infinite shooping arcades, crammed with Irish pubs and real-estate agents, has a large permanent expatriate population of British, Germans and Scandinavians. Its a weird mix, which, in additions to thousands of retire people, has attracted - due to a previous lack of extradition arrangements between Britain and Spain - an extraordinary concentration of British crooks and more recently Russian mafia bosses.

Torremolinos's social scene is strange, too, including, among the middle-of-the-road family discos a thriving pram-pushing, gay transvertite scene. All in all it's an intiguing blend of the smart and the squalid, bargains and rip-offs.

Malaga Towns and Villages

  • Alameda
  • Alcaucin
  • Alhaurin de la Torre
  • Alhaurin el Grande
  • Almachar
  • Almuñecar
  • Alora
  • Alozaina
  • Alpandeire
  • Antequera
  • Archez
  • Archidona
  • Ardales
  • Arena
  • Benahavis
  • Benalid
  • Benalmadena
  • Benamargosa
  • Benamocarra
  • Benaojan
  • Caleta de Velez
  • Campillos
  • Carratraca
  • Cartama
  • Casares
  • Colmenar
  • Comares
  • Competa
  • El Chorro
  • Estepona
  • Fuengirola
  • Gaucin
  • Guaro
  • Istan
  • Iznate
  • Jubrique
  • Manilva
  • Marbella
  • Maro
  • Mijas
  • Monda
  • Montejaque
  • Nerja
  • Ojen
  • Periana
  • Pizarra
  • Ronda
  • Salobreña
  • Torremolinos
  • Torrox
  • Velez-Malaga

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