Torremolinos is one of the most popular gay destinations in Spain. More than 30 gay and lesbian venues, all within a compact gay village called Nogalera, make it a very special experience for visitors from abroad. Torremolinos rather bad name in mainstream tourism has nothing to do with its popularity among Spanish gays.
It is all about party, late at night, indeed..
Gay Torremolinos is Nr 1 week-end destination for guys from Madrid, as well as the place to go out for young crowd from Malaga city. Torremolis as a nightlife magnet attracts hundreds of gays and lesbians from all over the coast, so when you want a Saturday Night Fever, then you go Torremolinos.
Dont’t expect to find a lot of scene daytime. Go to the beach, shop till you drop, explore medeaval Malaga and Granada if you are after the culture, or even go ski in Sierra Nevada. Ski resorts are just 2 hours drive.
Gays are still very visible in the streetlife, Torremolinos has a very large gay population, and a very young one!
Our Gay Torremolinos top 10 things to do for any gay tourist:
1.El Gato Gay Beach. The very central gay beach of Torremolinos is a place to meet local guys. And you really want it, right? Afterwards, this is not Sitges: some 80% of the gay travellers are Spanish, so 80% chance you will find Spanish friends. Beds and sunshades are 4 euros. Grab a printed copy of Gay Map there, have drinks at El Gato Lounge right in front of the beach, make new friends, have a nap to prepare for the night.
2. Shop at Plaza Mayor. This huge shopping mall is just 10 min by train direction Malaga. All major brands including Nike Factory outlet, Zara, Levi’s, Jack and Jones, Bershka, IKEA and even a comfortable cinema showing movies in English.
3. Go and visit Malaga city. Just 20 min by train, Malaga old center is a brethtaking beauty. Its Moorish castle Alcazaba is a structure comparable to famous Alhambra in Granada. Main shopping street calle Larios is one of Spain’s most beautiful pedestrian areas. Old town with tiny sidewalks, tapas bars and Picasso museum are just a must!
4. Start your night at El Gato Lounge. This gay bar and terrace became an institution: big summer terrace with designer lightning and best mojitos in town + the hottest crowd on weekend nights. Young and handsome meet at El Gato before the serious clubbing starts. In front of gay beach of Torremolinos. Lonely Planet Spain guide especially mentioned El Gato Lounge as the most fashionable gay place in Torremolinos. El Gato has free wifi, so bring your laptop or mobile.
5. Have a dinner at El Sabor Restaurant in calle Casablanca. This restaurant run by a friendly gay couple has an exquisite menu, with some Scandinavian as well as international tastes. Elegant cutlery and good wines. So, if you need that special dinner on a terrace, very central, gay-friendly and inexpensive, go El Sabor.
6. Pamper yourself during your stay in Torremolinos. Do you want more privacy, your own terrace overlooking Mediterranean and an elevator going down to the beach? I do! As a great alternative to hotels, stay gay friendly at Gay Bungalows Torremolinos. This gay run business rents out gay and lesbian owned bungalows and apartments in La Roca community, just 5 minutes walk from gay bars and clubs. Small bungalows and apartments start at 45 euros a night and have fully equipped kitchens, tv and all amenities. Even better, free parking (an impossible thing to find in Torremolins center!) is provided. We have heard great reviews from guys and girls staying there gay-friendly and with all the comfort!
7. Drink local wines! Spain has great wines and the best thing about them, they are cheap! So, whenever in the restaurant or bar, ask for a glass Rose, White or Red Rioja.. Mostly of a good quality and inexpensive. Or maybe even a bottle of Cava (El Gato has a fantastic Jaume Serra cava from Barcelona for a merely 15euros a bottle).
8. Flying into Malaga airport take a train going to Torremolinos. Train station is connected to the airport and the journey takes only 15 min, with a train ticket at 2 euros.
9. Do some day trips: there are so many affordable daytrips you can book everywhere: Granada, Gibraltar, Marbella, Tanger in Morocco or Seville. Dedicate at least one day of your stay to an educational trip, most are real eye opener. You are in the one of the most exciting cultural areas in Europe.
10. Enjoy! Stay on the beach as long as you want, eat whenever you want, drink and dance! Time is a relative thing on Costa del Sol. You can not go more Spanish then here..