Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lunch in Torremolinos...

On Thursday we went to Torremolinos which is situated on the Costa del Sol in the Province of Malaga.  Before the growth of tourism in the late 1950s, Torremolinos was a poor fishing village and one of the first resorts to develop on the Costa del Sol.   The town is particularly popular with British and Irish tourists and in the summer months it is very crowded with young tourists in particular and has, in the past, had a bit of a bad reputation because of the rowdiness of these tourists who are attracted by the abundance of bars and nightclubs.  However now that the height of the season is over, the place is now back to being a regular but bustling town.  There are still lots of tourists but these are of a different generation....I have to say that when I visit Torremolinos at this time of year, I almost feel like a 'spring chicken'!!! 

Although many people probably only think of Torremolinos because of the above, it does in fact have a very interesting history, here is just a small sample to whet the appetite! 

Archaeological finds including human bones, tools, and pottery prove that the Torremolinos area was settled as early as the Neolithic Age. Some remnants are neanderthalians and dated 150,000 years old by radiocarbon dating.


According to the Egyptian Greek geographer Ptolemy, the Phoenicians had founded here a colony named Saduce, but the Romans are the most likely to have founded the current town, as shown by findings of edifices and a necropolis (from whose size it has been deduced that the settlement had around 2,000 inhabitants). They also built the road joining Cadiz with Malaga, passing through Torremolinos.  (Courtesy of Wikipedia, where much more can be found on the history of this interesting town).

All that aside my reason for wanting to go there is an art shop in the high street that I wanted to visit for some supplies, and after that we had our lunch in a lovely Asian restaurant that served Chinese, Japanese and Thai food.  The restaurant was very bright and airy and they had a roof terrace but we preferred to eat out of the sunshine as it's still very hot.

I thought I'd just share some photos that I took, hope you enjoy them.....


Looking out over the rooftops down towards the beach...


 The modern mixed in with the traditional architecture...



 The restaurant's roof terrace, which is particularly lovely to sit on in the evening...






I hope you enjoyed this little bit of Toremolinos, and hope you all have a lovely week ahead.


12 comments:

  1. I spent a day or two in Costa del Sol over thirty years ago! I sometimes think it would be fun to visit again.

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    1. Barb it's a lovely place to visit nowadays. There was a time when it really was known as 'Costa del Crime' because of all the ex Pats who, having got into big trouble in the UK, ran off to the Costa del Sol to get 'lost' and not have to face the music, but it's not like that any more. The towns are bustling and the Spanish people are lovely! I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I'm trying to persuade my hubby that we should sell our house inland and move permanently to the coast, after all, we've been down at the beach since March as it is!!!!!
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  2. Thanks Sharon - very interesting. I love the photo of the roof terrace. But could you email me some of your sunshine?

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    1. If I could get some into a jiffy bag I would send some to you Rosie, as we have had an abundance of it and still going strong.
      I do love the sunshine, waking up to it each day does make me feel that it's worth getting out of bed...not too early though ;)
      xxx

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  3. Beautiful photos of Torremolinos! And so sunny! The Costa del Sol is a popular vacation place in my country, I've been there too in the past and loved it. Have a great week! xxx

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    1. Thank you very much Linda, I'm glad you enjoyed them. There are a lot of northern Europeans down here, both visiting and living, it does make for a nice mix of people!
      xxx

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  4. Looks lovely and bright and WARM!!! :) lovely photo's it's nice seeing photo's of the Costa Del Sol from another angle. I'll have to try that.. going to a place where I feel like the 'Spring' Chicken , just need to find it!! and some warmth!! anyone would think it's November here today!
    hugs Dee xxx

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    1. It is indeed Dee, thank you! Yes, feeling like a spring chicken sometimes is good!! In the summer I'd feel like an old broiler though! ;)
      My mum said she'd had the heating on, we're still in 'no sleeves' weather here.
      xxx

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  5. Definitely a case of me 'wishing that I'd been there with you' having luncheon in this attractive bustling town.....IF it wasn't for that extreme sunshine and heat (as now in the process of a seven week recovery from having yet another batch of skin Cancer surgically removed from the left ankle.)
    Hoping too that you managed to get the required items from the art shop!

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    1. Yes, it's been a very very hot summer but it's lovely in the shade too Kendal :)
      Oh dear I'm sorry to hear that, I hope you'll be all fit and well to go to the CnS next month?
      Yes, I got what I wanted and then some.....a gorgeous set of 60 water colour pencils which I wanted...but obviously didn't need, but they are so pretty....I just love all my art supplies....just wish I had time to use them more.
      xxx

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  6. What a beautiful place. The ocean is such a pretty color! Looking at those photos, it's hard to believe how old it is and how many different people have walked that beach. I love learning about new places and this history behind it so this was very interesting to me. Lovely photos!!

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    1. Thank you Farrah, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the photos.
      Yes, it is very old and there is so much history here in Spain and the rest of Europe too of course.
      I will have to post on here about my own town one of these days, it has a very interesting history that you might enjoy too.
      xxx

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