Torre del Mar is located on the Eastern Costa del Sol.
Torre del Mar is a tourist resort situated south of the larger town of Velez Malaga. Malaga International Airport is the closest gateway a mere thirty minutes away by car.
Torre del Mar was once a fishing and agricultural village which has transformed itself into a major tourist destination on the eastern Costa del Sol. The resort is at its busiest during the summer months from June to September where tourists flock to the resort from all parts of Spain as well as Europe.
Are you an expat in Torre del Mar? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know in the comments box at the bottom of the page.
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Torre del Mar has an impressive four kilometre long beach and promenade which stretches all the way to the neighbouring village of Caleta de Velez. One of the attractions on the beach is the chiringuitos which serve barbequed meat and fish dishes during the peak tourist season and on the weekends all year round to the local inhabitants.
Sights and Attractions
The main tourist hub of the resort can be found on the Paseo de Larios and the Avenida de Andalucia where you will find the majority of the restaurants, bars, pubs, discos, banks, shops and supermarkets.
The tram stopped running about a year ago with the carriages having been sent to Australia – more info here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22932518
Things to do in Torre del Mar apart from spending days at the beach can be playing golf at the nearby Baviera Golf Course which is a five minute drive to the east of the resort centre. To the west of the resort is the Añoreta Golf Course which is neatly situated between the tourist resorts of Hacienda Conde and Rincon de la Victoria.
Aquavelis Water Park
The Aquavelis Water Park is open from June until September. Day passes start at €15 fro children aged 4-12 and €20 for adults. For further information, opening times and special offers you can look at http://www.aquavelis.es.
The Parroquia de San Andres Apostol is located on the Avenida Andalucia and is also well worth a visit.
Days out can be spent exploring the neighbouring resorts of Nerja, Torrox, Caleta de Velez and of course the town of Velez Malaga. An hour and a half away by car is of course is the city of Granada, which is a major tourist hot spot as it is steeped in history, museums and historical buildings.
The Embalse de los Bermejales is a quiet beautifully tranquil lake approximately a ninety minute drive away from the resort where the scenery is that stunning that it more than makes up for the journey time.
Further a field are the great cities of Cordoba, Seville and Ronda which make for much more than just a day trip.
Accommodation wise Torre del Mar has fifteen hotels to choose from of which the most recommended include the Hotel Miraya, Hotel Palacio Blanco, Hotel Dila, Hotel Paraiso and the Avenida Hotel.
A well know apartment complex where you can rent an apartment by the week are the Holiday Apartments Cortijo Las Vagas, while there are also plenty of three and four bedroom villas with swimming pools to rent as well.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Going out in Torre del Mar is definitely more exciting if you head off to the top locales recommended by the Trip Advisor which include the La Monda Bar Restaurant, La Cueva, Mas K Tapas Café Bar, Chiringuito Rosa, Brujas Lounge, La Nenna and La Tasca.
Torre del Mar nightlife venues include Anticuario, Mojito, Cape Diem and La Caverna. The top nightclub in the resort to visit is the Discoteca Acero.
Torre del Mar is a great tourist resort to experience more of an authentic Spanish each holiday.
Tourist Information Office
Torre del Mar Tourist Office Address:
Casa Recreo, Paseo de Larios s/n 29740 Torre del Mar, Velez-Malaga (Malaga)
Telephone Number +34 952 541 104
Email Address: email@example.com
Moving to Torre del Mar
If you are thinking of moving to Torre del Mar, then you must read our expat interview with Andreas Hansen of Hansen Real Estate below:
Andreas, what would you say would be the advantages to living in Torre del Mar compared to other Costa del Sol towns?
Torre del Mar is a great middle point in many ways. Firstly it is part of a larger community (Velez-Malaga) and has advantages of being a city in terms of availability of utilities and goods, while not being as busy as Málaga for example.
On the other hand it has a very interesting level of tourists; as they are mixed between foreign and national. It is not as overwhelming here as it can be in for example Nerja, Benalmadena or Fuengirola.
Would the area not suit certain types of people, i.e. are there any possible downsides?
The only demographic that might find this area slightly lacking is the younger adults, that will maybe be unsatisfied with the night life on offer.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
I would say around 75-80 percent.
What are your favorite things to do in the area?
Lots of good restaurants and bars. The beach is also very nice.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Eclipse in Caleta, Safari Lounge in the centre of Torre del Mar and Bella Giulietta, also in the centre of Torre del Mar
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
At least two different private clinics with a wide arrange of services; at least a dozen different dentists and of course the very large Hospital Comarcal.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
As explained earlier, Torre del Mar, as well as Almayate and Caleta de Vélez are all part of the much larger Vélez Málaga. Caleta is mainly residence to the larger more luxurious properties, and have a bit less to offer in terms of leisure. Almayate is a much more quiet little village with a few great restaurants and huge Avocado and Mango exports.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
I’m not entirely sure here, but I think the closest one is Novaschool. I cannot comment on the quality though.
Is crime an issue for expats?
Not at all. The only relevant crime is during summer, where theft (without violence) is a bit more common; mainly when tourists leave their things at the beach when going to the bathroom or buying an ice cream.
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
Prices have been steadily increasing since 2011, but are still not quite where they are supposed to be, in a year or maybe two the market will be back to normal again. It is still a market advantageous to buyers.
Is this a good time to buy and are there any repossessions or very cheap properties still available to buy?
It is definitely a good time to buy still, though very cheap properties are beginning to be hard to find.
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
There are quite a few from which to choose. Depending on financial capabilities and proximity to the beach mainly.
A large part of Caleta de Velez, and La Viña in Torre del Mar are high-end areas where most people would like to live.
How much are the typical property prices in Torre del Mar for apartments, villas etc?
A studio near the beach will cost around 60-80,000.
A 2-bed apartment near the beach will cost about 120,000-150,000.
A very nice 4-bed villa in Caleta or La Viña, will cost between 200,000 and 1,000,000.
Any tips and advice to people looking to buy in Torre del Mar or surrounding area?
That people come by our office and explain us their situation and we will gladly help as much as possible.
Andreas, thank you so much for taking the time to help our readers with your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact him, you can find his details below.
Hansen Real Estate
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