This Costa del Sol gay hot spot can keep you warm both day and night
The Spanish town of Torremolinos is a modest size city but is still one of the major gay hot spots in Spain with people coming in to party and relax in the sun from all over the country and even the rest of the World.
Located on the famous Costa del Sol (Sun coast) this resort is a favored vacation spot for gays from all over Europe and has a large number of gay bars, shops and restaurants that rivals many major European cities. The city itself may lack some of the charm of some of its neighboring Spanish coastal cities but its friendliness and openness still makes it well worth a visit. The city is located on a plateau quite high above its beautiful beaches so expect to get those calf muscles trained on your way back from the beach in the evening.
In the downtown area, it is common to see gay couples strolling hand in hand through the narrow streets as they navigate their way home to their hotels after a late night out at the bars, which often can last until early morning.
Torremolinos offers a wide range of different bars and clubs that cater to almost any kind of clientele. Some are happy hours bars that mainly are open in the afternoon and early evening but, like in the rest of Spain, most of the clubs do not get crowded until late at night. So if you want lots of people around you it is unlikely you will have much fun until after 2 am.
Most of the gay places are conveniently located in two adjacent malls so you can easily bar hop between at least a dozen different establishments which all are located within a 5 minute radius. Many are quite raunchy and it is very common that they have their own dark rooms. So do not get surprised if your trip to the restroom suddenly suddenly becomes a bit more entertaining than you where planning for.
Spain has an excellent public transport system and the Torremolinos train station is conveniently located underground in the middle of the city. Only a 30 minutes train ride away, the neighboring city of Malaga is well worth a visit and provides many of the things Torremolinos lacks, such as historical landmarks and shopping opportunities.
As you expect from a major tourist destination, Torremolinos offers a wide range of hotels and other accommodations, including a number of gay-friendly hotels and apartment rentals. Some of the places can be a bit “rusty” so it is important that you take your time to investigate the different options before you make your booking.
Pierre & Vacances Torremolinos Stella Polaris is probably one of the best locations for gay travellers to Torremolinos. Just steps down to the gay beach and a 5 minute walk to most of the gay clubs. This central aparthotel, with a seasonal outdoor pool, is 200 metres from Bajondillo Beach, Torremolinos. All air-conditioned rooms and apartments come with a flat-screen TV and private balcony, some with sea views.
The 4 star Melia Hotel is one of the most popular gay friendly hotels for those with a better budget. You get a breathtaking view over the Mediterranean and the Malaga mountains. The service is great and the hotel has many amenities including its own spa and parking.
Hostal Guadalupe is a cosy and charming gay run hotel which has rooms with balconies overlooking the sea, and a couple of bigger apartments on the same street. The majority of the guests are gay, and the gay beach is just a 7 minute walk away. The Nogalera gay clubs are 15 min climb up the hill to Torremolinos.