Over the past few years, Torremolinos has experienced a sort of “gay-renaissance”. New gay beaches, a vibrant party scene and the opening of Europe’s largest gay hotel have helped the city regain its former cachet across Spain and it is now attracting international visitors keen to experience another side of gay life in Spain! With miles and miles of sandy beaches, a season that stretches from March until November and low prices, Gay Torremolinos ticks all the boxes for a holiday to remember.
Torremolinos has an extensive event calendar including the popular Mad Bear Beach party every August.
Torremolinos is blessed with miles and miles of continuous sandy beaches and great beach clubs.
Our Insiders Guide to Gay Torremolinos!
Torremolinos can trace back its gay beginnings to the 1960’s, when its very first gay bar, Toni’s was opened. The cosmopolitan, multicultural and tolerant atmosphere attracted visitors from all over the world, including celebrities like Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, who enjoyed excellent weather (with more than 300 days of sun each year), the Mediterranean Sea and vast beaches of fine sand. While the 60’s style or architecture is still quite prevalent, the LGBT scene has undergone significant changes over the past few years with a city council keen to embrace the gay dollars, euros and pounds.
Gay Torremolinos is a popular Summer destination, especially with gay boys from Madrid, keen to escape the stifling city heat. Popular events such as Pride and the Mad Beach bear weekend continue to draw record numbers and the gay beach clubs along the Costa del Sol have made the area even more popular with gay visitors.
So whether you want to just relax on the many beaches, go partying in “La Nogalera”, Torremolinos’ very own gay district or hit the shops along the Calle San Miguel, this former fishing village has something for all tastes.
We have found hotels with good reviews that keep you close to all the action,
Torremolinos has a great gay-beach scene! The beach clubs are well appointed and host regular theme parties and circuit events.
Torremolinos – Getting your bearings!
Torremolinos is spread out over 7 distinct districts, however there are 4 popular zones within easy walking distance of each other offering everything the gay visitor needs for a memorable holiday.
The centre of Torremolinos is alive 365 days of the year. Its streets, full of stores and restaurants, are perfect for discovering the way in which tradition and modernity combine in this town perched on the western shore of Malaga Bay Here you will find Plaza La Nogalera y Pueblo Blanco. Plaza de La Nogalera is the main gaybourhood in Torremolinos and is host to a large number of bar and restaurants.
The local train station is located in this plaza in central Torremolinos, only a few minutes’ journey from the airport, María Zambrano intercity train station, the centre of Malaga or Fuengirola, and other parts of the town.
Paseo Marítimo, offers the best route along the local beaches, with plenty of dining options. The Paseo Marítimo joins the city from Saltillo beach to los Álamos beach, in the most easterly point of Torremolinos. It is easy to reach from almost every part of town: to get there, just head towards the sea. It’s divided into two stretches by the natural projections of Punta de Torremolinos, popularly known as El Morro.
El Bajondillo is one of the busiest beaches in Torremolinos, found between Carihuela and Playamar beaches, and can be accessed from the centre through several streets and stairs –known as Paseo de la Playa.
El Bajondillo is a superb expanse of beach 40 metres wide and one kilometre long, is located practically in the centre of town and is therefore one of the most visited.
There are two lifts to get to the beach: a municipal lift which is open all year and goes from plaza del Panorama (calle de las Mercedes) to plaza de los Tajillos, and the hotel Meliá lift, which is normally only open in the summer.
El Bajondillo is where you will find the popular gay beaches,El Gato and Eden Beach.
Los Alamos is a big beach with a long promenade. Here you will find many of the hetro-beach clubs. But everywhere in Torremolinos is pretty gay-friendly and the seafront restaurants here offer great views for lunchtime dining.
When to visit?
Torremolinos sits snugly between the mountains and the beach and has a subtropical climate offering hot Mediterranean Summers and long mild winters. Indeed, the beaches stay busy well into October. The biggest events take place in August.
Getting to Torremolinos
The city is just five kilometers from the International Pablo Ruiz Picasso de Málaga,- Costa del Sol airport. From La Nogalera the airport can be reached in less than fifteen minutes and Malaga train station and the centre of the capital in about half an hour. Torremolinos is a 20€ taxi ride from Malaga airport to the centre of town. From Malaga Airport, the regular C1 train service runs direct to Torremolinos every 20 minutes. The journey time is just 10 minutes, and a single ticket starts at €1.80.
Getting to the Beach!
The town is perched above the beach and most people access the sea front using the public ‘acsensors’ (lifts). Along the very long sandy beach (playa) there are a huge range of hotels, shops and eating places and thousands of sun beds and umbrellas dominate the beach foreshore.
Choose a beachfront hotel. They offer great views and amazing sunsets! Hotels close to El Bajondillo beach are the most popular, so book in advance.
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Torremolinos Gay Scene HIGHLIGHTS
Torremolinos is home to more than 25 bars, so all tastes are catered for! All the bars open around 11:00pm and party time is until at least five in the morning. Friday and Saturday nights seem the busiest as the crowds fill with an influx of gay visitors from nearby Malaga.
Boomerang is a popular spot to kick-off your night out before moving on to Nogalera after 2am.
Centuryon is the busiest nightclub in Torremolinos and host to big party-name events.
Eden Copas is brought to you by the same group behind Eden Beach with cute waiters and a fun vibe.
Codigo music bar is always a good choice, busy throughout the night with regular drag acts.
Nightlife – Where to Party?
La Nogalera is an open-air shopping complex in the very centre of town. What it lacks in style, it makes up for in sheer fun and atmosphere. At weekends the entire complex is full of both gay and straight people visiting a mix of gay bars, family restaurants and shops, typical of many Spanish resorts.
Gay nightlife in Torremolinos is a fun and varied affair catering to all tastes. The gay area of La Nogelera is where you will find the gay crowds gathering from midnight. But blink, and you can miss it a few streets off from the main promenade. In La Nogelera you will find rows and rows of gay bars and terraces lining the street.
Next to the Plaza de La Nogalera and near the Bajondillo is Pueblo Blanco, a set of shops, restaurants and apartments built in the Andalusian style in the 70’s. Pueblo Blanco has a very gay-friendly atmosphere with charming terraces and restaurants with a quiet atmosphere, an ideal place to start your night out.
Codigo Music bar is always popular. Staff are cute and friendly. Chessa bar is a great place for an early evening drink. Boomerang Bar, in the Plaza. is very popular before moving on to Nogalera after 2am.
For some eye-candy, head to Eden Copas with cute waiters and a welcome atmosphere. Bears should check out Bacchus. Looking for a Drag show? Then head to Contacto, one of the oldest bars in Torremolinos. Those who want to dance to the latest house mixes should visit Parthenon Club. Think 18-30! Cruising bars are especially popular. Free Eagle, Men’s Bar and Querell are all busy with guys looking for fun late into the evening.
Late night partygoers head to Centuryon Club. The club hosts many of the official parties for the big events such as bears week, fetish week and Pride. Busier at weekends, the club charges a cover and plays a mix of house and pop.
Where to stay in TORREMOLINOS?
Most of our top Torremolinos hotels are just a short walk to the gay beach area (El Gato), the city centre and La Nogelera gay nightlife. The main hotels are close to the beach and it’s a short walk to the gay bars and restaurants.
Meliá Costa del Sol 4 Star
Close to the Gay Beach
The Meliá Costa del Sol is located just a few steps from the El Gato (Beirola) gay beach area and just a short walk to Arcos Bar, CENTURYON club and other gay bars in Torremolios. The hotel has an outdoor pool surrounded by gardens overlooking the sea. A poolside towel and bar service is provided from May to October. The hotel also has an extensive spa & sauna, a gym, restaurant and bar. Check rates
This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Just 60 m from the charming La Carihuela Beach in Torremolinos, El Tiburon Boutique Hotel offers an outdoor pool and an on-site restaurant. Free WiFi access is provided. Each air-conditioned room comes with a flat-screen satellite TV. All have a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Bed linen and towels are provided.
The gay nightlife is even closer than the beach – just a couple of minutes’ walk from away. Torremolinos bus & train station is also very nearby. Check Rates
Hotel Ritual is set to become the biggest LGBT-focused hotel in the Costa del Sol, with 189 newly renovated, modern, stylish rooms, all with excellent sea views. This adults-only hotel features a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath, along with roof top nudist area and bar.
Location wise, the hotel is within a couple of minutes’ walk of the very gay-popular El Gato Lounge and EDEN Beach Club. The extensive gay nightlife in the town centre is also just a short walk from the hotel. Check Rates