From Spanish, Torreblanca would translate as ‘White Tower’ – the name comes from the beacon tower that was located on the hills but was destroyed in 1960s as they were extending one of the main road junctions. Later on, a new circular tower has been added which is now located close to the famous Osbourne Bull looking over the district.
I have been living in Fuengirola for many years and spend a lot of time in and around Torreblanca, so in this article, I will share some local insights and practical tips if you’re planning to stay in Torreblanca for your holiday. Feel free to use the table of content links and jump to the section that interests you the most.
Where is Torreblanca in Spain?
Torreblanca is a district within the city of Fuengirola, between the neighbourhoods of Los Boliches and Carvajal. Unlike the rest of the city areas, much of Torreblanca is spread out on the hills, with most of the roads being pretty narrow one-way streets.
Torreblanca is accessible from most travel connections via its own train station on line C-1 between Fuengirola train station and Malaga Centro.
Where is Torreblanca on the Map?
The rough location of Torreblanca is marked on the map below.
Is Torreblanca Worth Visiting?
Torreblanca is a popular holiday location within Fuengirola as it’s one of the few places in the city where you can rent a house instead of a flat, and most of the properties here offer beautiful views.
The only downside with the location is the fact that it’s all on a steep hill so going down to the beach and back involves a bit of a walk, or driving by car.
In terms of things to do and activities, there isn’t much in Torreblanca itself, but there are lots of things you can do in Fuengirola city ( I will share some of the popular ones further down).
To summarize, Torreblanca is not a destination you would go and see as a tourist, but it’s one of the prettiest places to say for a holiday if you’re coming to Fuengirola.
What to See and Do in Torreblanca
As I mentioned earlier there is no sightseeing as such in Torreblanca, but there is plenty to do in Fuengirola and surrounding areas.
- climbing the hill to enjoy the views from the Torreblanca bull
- climbing the hill to see the Sohail Castle
- enjoying a concert at Marenostrum (check the events section below)
- taking a walk on Paseo Maritimo
- visiting the Bioparc in Fuengirola
- trying out some of the best local restaurants
- taking a day trip out of the town to see the highlights of Malaga
- see the old town of Fuengirola
- plan a sunrise picnic at Playa de Torreblanca
- do a bit of shopping in the Miramar shopping centre
- play minigolf if you’re visiting with kids (next to Miramar shopping centre)
- take a day trip to Marbella and explore the old town
- spend a day exploring the next door town of Benalmadena
- head up to the hills to explore the pretty village of Mijas Pueblo
- hiking in the hills above Mijas Pueblo
Where to Stay in Torreblanca
There are a few hotels available in Torreblanca, they are all located close to the small train station. There are a couple of lower-quality hotels located on the Paseo Maritimo too.
Most people who stay in Torreblanca prefer to rent a holiday apartment, as they are often better value and you get better views. The downside is that almost all the properties in Torreblanca are up in the hills unless you get one at Paseo Maritimo, so it’s a bit of a walk to get to and from the beach (and mostly uphill too).
There are better quality hotels available next to Torreblanca in Los Boliches and Carvajal too, if you want to extend your search.
Beaches in Torreblanca
Playa de Torreblanca is the main beach of Torreblanca (marked on the map below) – is a pretty sandy beach with lots of space and availability to rent out sunchairs and umbrellas in the season.
As with all other beaches in Fuengirola, it is well-serviced with public toilets, showers, and recycling bins and you will find small shops with beach equipment and drinks opposite the beach on Paseo Maritimo.
The beach is divided into two parts by Espigon de Torreblanca, often used as the best place for fishing and watching the sunset.
Costa Waterpark is also located at the end of Playa Torreblanca, on the border with Carvajal district.
Train Station in Torreblanca
There is a small train station uphill in Torreblanca, it is situated between Los Boliches and Carvajal stations, on the route C-1 commuter train between Fuengirola and Malaga. You can check the departures from the station with times here.
I have marked the location of the Torreblanca train station on the map below – to walk down to the coast from there takes just between 5 to 10 minutes. The station is located opposite the Hotel Monarque Torreblanca.
This train station is just a single platform station with a ticket booth available and no gates – that means you don’t need to scan your train ticket when you start the journey. There are no ticket controls on the train, but you will need to scan it as you arrive at your destination. A lot of the smaller stations like the one in Carvajal also don’t have ticket gates.
Within the small train station, there aren’t really any facilities to speak off. There is a small cafe place close to the station, but I have not seen any taxi rank there. In case you need transport from the station, I would recommend getting an uber or bolt.
Weather in Torreblanca
I have written a detailed weather and local update on each month of the year for Fuengirola, which applies also to Torreblance as it’s part of the city. You can check them out in the list below.
- January: January in Fuengirola: A Guide by a Local Expat
- February: February in Fuengirola: A Local Update
- March: Weather in Fuengirola in March: Local Update
- April: Weather in Fuengirola in April: Local Update
- May: May in Fuengirola: Local Expat’s Guide
- June: June in Fuengirola: Local Guide
- July: July in Fuengirola: Local Weather Update
- August: August in Fuengirola: Local Expat’s Guide
- September: Weather in Fuengirola in September: Local Update
- October: Fuengirola in October: A Report from a Local Expat
- November: Fuengirola in November: A Guide by a Local Expat
- December: December in Fuengirola: a Guide by a Local Expat
Questions About Torreblanca
How far is Torreblanca from Fuengirola?
Torreblanca is a district within the city of Fuengirola, between Los Boliches and Carvajal.
How to get to Marbella from Torreblanca?
The easiest transport option is getting the local bus from the main bus station in Fuengirola. The buses go roughly every 30 minutes or so. I have a detailed transport guide with prices and departure details available here.
Is the water in Torreblanca Spain safe to drink?
This is something that often divides opinions, but the general advice is that you should avoid drinking tap water. Perhaps not for any contaminants, but for the taste – while locals avoid it, some expats do not object to drinking tap water.
In my apartment, we have a filter that you attach to the tap which will purify the water or you can get bottled water from the supermarket.
What is the train fare from Torreblanca to Los Boliches?
As its all within one zone, the price of the ticket is 1.80 euros one way.
Fuengirola: Recommended Day Trips & Experiences
- Caminito del Rey Day Trip with Guide – explore the world-famous pathway of the king, and admire the stunning views from the gorge El Chorro. Includes pick up in Fuengirola, entrance to Caminito del Rey and helmets.
- Day Trip to Gibraltar – with pick up from Fuengirola with a minibus, with free time in Gibraltar for shopping and an optional tour of the nature reserve.
- Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour – a more structured day trip with a full tour of the nature reserve, showing you all the highlights, with free time for shopping. Pick up from Fuengirola.
- Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas Day Trip – see the famous Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, with one of the oldest bullrings in the country, and admire the homes and restaurants built into caves in Setenil. Pick-up in Fuengirola – includes a walking tour of Ronda and a complimentary glass of wine in Ronda.
- Day Trip to Granada with Alhambra Tour – see one of the architectural wonders of Spain, the Moorish Palace complex of Alhambra, with free time to explore Granada. Includes pick-up from Fuengirola, tickets to Alhambra and a guide.