Gastro shopping in Torremolinos 

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By Maríbel Martín

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You have arrived to Málaga tired from the airport, sometimes it’s late like 16.00 and the kitchens of the restaurants are close. When clients do do the pick up, they are told  ¡Welcome to your CamperVan! It will be your home in the nexts  days sometimes weeks.

In these complicated times we have to think very carefully how and where we spend our holidays, a camper van is a very safe way to do it, and Andalucia is an ideal place with its low level of Covid 19 and such a lot of places to see and enjoy, this way of traveling you can keep your distance from other people and there is plenty of excellent campings available in the area.

The first stop is to fill the fridge in the supermarket, so we will be able to resolve the thing of the food and doing a picnic wherever we want.  So now is necessary to look for a place to park and also have something to eat. 

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We can start in Torremolinos, for all your shopping needs, you could park in the surrounds of the Ruiz Picasso Center, a short walk will take you to the La trastienda de Juan Pasaje Las Gitanillas ,9 to a great Gourmet grocery store.

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Miguel will advise you on your purchases, in this store you can buy canned goods, olives, the best cold meats, high-quality preserves (Galician mussels XXL) asparagus, artichokes, zucchini or stuffed peppers, baby broad beans etc. It is also a Vinoteca where you can taste and peck such things as Iberian belly of pork with tomato, Serrano ham, stews and other dishes together with good wines and beers, it has a cozy interior room with high tables, surrounded by its typical product of the land for sale, it also has a terrace on the pedestrian street. They also serve a great breakfast. Open early.

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Close by in “Plaza Andalucia” you will find the Mercadona Supermarket, for your ordinary shopping of toiletries, dairy etc.

Torremolinos has a lot to offer to its visitors, if you like to walk, there is a sea front promenade that goes on for miles, from the Playa Los Alamos, at the Malaga end to Puerto Marina in Benalmadena-Costa and beyond, Los Alamos is quiet, with sea front bars, called “chiringuitos” with beach beds and good Malaga seafood and fish, there is some nightlife for young people here too.

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Playamar beach is full of good restaurant, bars and shops, Carihuela beach has a small area with small fishing boats, and if you go very early in the morning you will see the local fishermen return with their catches, which they sell to the local restaurants, this area is the best if you want to go for lunch or dinner and the busiest, at the end, underneath the “Castillo de Santa Clara”, there is a lift that will get you back to the center of Torremolinos.  Montemar beach is full of hotels and beach bars, this will take you to Benalmadena-Costa and its Marina, full of restaurants, souvenir shops and boats, and night life, you can take a trip to Fuengirola and back from here.

Other attractions of the town are Aqualand, a water amusement park, cococriles park,  the Inca gardens, well worth a visit and Battery park with small artificial lake with rowing boats.

Another interesting place to visit is the House of the Navajas in Playamar, a small Moorish palace, very well conserved.

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A walk along San Miguel Street, to experience the live of the town , to sit on a terrace with a drink and watch the world go by is a very enjoyable experience. You can walk down all the way to the sea front through the old town too.

San Miguel Street, to experience the live of the town , to sit on a terrace with a drink and watch the world go by is a very enjoyable

There is a camping site, at 2,9 kms on the Malaga road, with bar and restaurant, also bungalows to hire.

And for breakfast for tomorrow freshly-baked loaves of bread in La Canasta also from a step. After you can go to buy all the bath staff you need in Carrefour that have very nice prices. And we are ready. Near this place the app of Park for the night I suggest you download recommends some spots so you can have a nice nap or a walk in the forest in a place called El pinar de Torremolinos. When you rest a bit I recommend you to go to A special botanic garden where the water is the protagonist, its very easy to park in the front side.   Enjoy your day!