Just behind our hotel was the village of Torromolinos. This was packed with tantalising shops, and it thronging with people at times but was quiet on others. the main artery of the town is the pedestrian only Calle San Miguel,. This smartly paved pedestrianised street is lined with boutiques and shops with a great variety of goods on offer, attracting a constant flow of people. The Cuesta del Tajo, at the end of San Miguel, leads down a steep flight of steps through the old fishing district of El Bajondillo. This is a popular, picturesque area lined with restaurants and market-style kiosks, selling souvenirs. Down at the bottom is the beach of El Bajondillo.
This is not the place for serious shoppers but it is great to brose around. Some of the more interesting things are the local leather goods or perhaps a woven beach hat would be useful. Things are a bit pushy in the souvenir shops but the staff in the smaller boutiques and family-run business are very friendly and helpful. Look around as you climb the steep streets because there are some great views.
The Costa del Sol being so international, doesn’t particularly feature typical Andalusian fare however the Carihuela district of Torremolinos has some good bets. Pescaito frito, small fried fish, is the most typical dish. Fish from fresh sardines to besugo, sea bream, take pride of place in many places. Málaga wine, made in the municipality of Málaga from grapes grown all around the province, is a dessert wine, but you might want to try a white wine from the adjacent province of Cádiz which are light and dry and goes well with anything except dessert. The local beer is San Miguel, usually served very cold indeed.
There are many restaurants and cafes along the waterfront including Yauco which offered a coffee, orange juice and croissant for 3 Euros. It was fun to sit there at a table right next to the promenade and watch people go by. The coffee was excellent, the orange juice freshly squeezed and the croissant tasty.
Another restaurant hub is Avenida del Lido which runs inland from the plaza de Las Comunidades Autonomas and the information office. There are several cafes here with both indoor and outdoor seating which are great for a light lunch. If you want something much more upmarket you could try either of the following restaurants.
Cetus. Many locals say that this seafront-bordering restaurant is the finest choice within the bustling heart of Torremolinos. This elegant house has been decorated with wooden furnishings and creamy colors, providing an inviting spot for dining. Try to reserve a table on the terrace overlooking the sea. One of the highlights on the menu is the creamy red lobster dish served with rice. The kitchen also offers a number of delightful meat dishes. Try the lamb ribs sweetened with honey and flavored with fresh spices.
Casa Juan. In a modern-looking building in La Carihuela, this seafood restaurant is about 1.6km (1 mile) west of Torremolinos's center but you can still walk here. Menu items include selections from a lavish display of fish and shellfish. Of special note is lubina a la sal -- sea bass packed in layers of roughly textured salt, broken open at your table, and deboned in front of you.
The area of El Calvario is less known to the average tourist. Located to the north of the main road which cuts through Torremolinos, it offers a quieter area of small streets of bars, with an appeal to those who prefer to be away from the bustle of the centre.