5 minutes west of Malaga, Torremolinos is the place to go if you want gay nightlife, with more than 30 gay bars and clubs. It has the 3rd largest selection of gay bars, clubs and discos in mainland Spain (the much larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona having the most). However, in our opinion, much of the gay area, called La Nogalera, is very run down and has rather unwelcoming dark, narrow sidestreets. And you have to stay up very late in order to enjoy it, as most bars and clubs are completely dead before 1am! Many of the bars and clubs have darkrooms but beware of pickpockets.
Here are a couple of the nicer bars/clubs in Torremolinos:
- El Gato Lounge - a place to chill out and enjoy good food and drink at reasonable prices.
- D'Lirio - music and videos, with a darkroom and occasional drag shows.
- The Parthenon - recently refitted and modern club, with a young crowd. Darkroom downstairs.
- Passion Club - the most recently refitted club and the biggest. Very crowded at weekends.
Torremolinos also has the region's only gay saunas, Sauna Miguel and Utopia. Both are modern and clean but expect a lot of attention from the other guys in the sauna and beware of escorts! Private rooms available.