From Malaga we headed along the coast to Torremolinos. The idyllic beauty of sloping coastal mountains, leading down into seaside cities was all one would expect of this region of Spain. The broad beaches are bordered by a promenade, the Paseo Maritimo, which continue virtually uninterrupted up the coast line. They are lined with shops, bars and restaurants. The entire region is focused on the sea, from water sports to fresh seafood offerings.
It is important to note, however that the day in Spain starts at about 10am, for early risers. This is because the lunch hours of 2-4 are for Siesta time. Locals leave work, go home, get their children from school and they share the largest meal of the day with them as a family. Then people may have a siesta, before returning to work into the late evening hours.
April is off season in the Costa Del Sol region. It means that the beaches were vast expanses of sand with few people. The temperatures were perfect for walking and exploring at a beautiful, sunny 18-23 C ( or 65-71 F ). The temperatures in the evening did drop off enough that a light pashmina or sweater would be welcome. The rates at this time can be FABULOUS! They have long stay rates and many include a lovely breakfast. The cost of wine and meals there is so inexpensive that an all inclusive is definitely NOT necessary.
To avoid crowds and extreme temperatures, the perfect time for North Americans to visit southern Spain is April, May and June and then again in September and October. During the summer high season of July and August, you will find the area flooded with native Spaniards and other European tourists. Due to the close proximity and short 2 hour flights from Great Britain, the area is flooded with People from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. As a foreigner there, when you talk without one of those identifying accents, you are immediately asked if you are a Canadian as there are virtually no Americans.
Our stay in Spain was hosted by Sunset Beach Club. It was at the far end of this huge stretch of beaches and hotels. It was a short 20 minute drive from Malaga airport and there are over 15 golf courses all within 30 minutes of it. There is a casino a 5 minute walk from the Hotel, giving you more privacy and quiet. They have modern apartments with kitchenettes and terraces and include a hot buffet breakfast.
There is a wonderful lounge area which is enormous, with lots of TV’s showing sports or news, a wrap around terrace overlooking the pools and ocean and a daily happy hour of 2 for 1 drinks. Two large draft been was 2.70Euros. Wine was even less expensive. Their staff is lovely and accommodating. Plus the entertainment they bring into Disco area was by far, the best I have ever seen on a resort and would be comparable to a headliner on a cruise ship.