A pioneer town in tourism since the boom of the 60s and 70s
Torremolinos has been a leading destination in Spanish tourism starting in the 1950s and, above all, since the 60s and 70s when a boom turned the old village into a town, with hotels, bars and restaurants proliferating at a frenetic pace. 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.
Daytime leisure and nightlife, with something for everyone, and superb cuisine –from tapas and fried fish to the most international dishes–, helped convert Torremolinos into one of Spain’s most visited tourist destinations.
Regarding the most ancient history, the area of the current town has been an enclave occupied by humans since the Paleolithic period, for which reason prehistoric caves abound. There are also archaeological sites from the Phoenician, Roman and Moorish periods, and the history of the milling industry stands out, with Torre Pimentel or Torre de los Molinos as the prime example, giving its name to the town.