THE last thing you expect to find in the busy town of Torremolinos – just a five minute walk from the train station – is a white village full of charm.
Al fresco dining, international restaurants and stylish bars await you in the beautiful area of Pueblo Blanco.
A Labyrinth of narrow alleyways built in the early 1970’s, it is a charming, must visit zone for foodies and anyone looking for somewhere a little different.
But Pueblo Blanco has had to work hard to shake off its notorious past.
The area has been mired in controversy and intrigue since its creation, with rumours that it had been created out of the proceeds of a nasty kidnapping!
It had soon become the main centre for the buzzing nightlife of Torremolinos in the 70’s and the awakening of the gay scene in the 80’s.
At its peak, 48 bars/clubs were crammed into the narrow corridors situated between Calle Skal and Calle Casablanca.
That is until the residents living above successfully won the war on fun.
Their complaints and police intervention closed most of the late night bars, leaving only Shwarma Simon, to this day, as a lone survivor.
The white village has had a renaissance, with a real sense of community and pride in being straight friendly!
The bars and restaurants are as varied as the crowd they attract.
In particular, you will find authentic Italian cuisine direct from Rome at Osteria de la Roma. The pizza’s are to die for and the service that will put a smile on your face.
Meanwhile, tapas doesn’t come any better than at Pletora, with its fine dining decor and relaxed service.
Teteria Albanta is worth a visit, Teresa serves Moroccan teas, coffees and fruit shakes. In the summer months you can enjoy a cooling cocktail and an unforgettable Mojito! It’s the ideal spot to sit back, forget your troubles and watch the world go by.
The star of the show though, has to be Boomerang Bar run by Gill, a Scot who definitely challenges the stereotype.
A warm and friendly greeting is assured and you leave feeling you have made a new friend. Ice cold beer, fine wines and cocktails are served on the generous terrace. Surrounding the beautiful candlelit fountain that acts as a wonderful backdrop, this is the place to be seen.
If you are looking for a classier, trendier destination in Torremolinos, then this is the place for you.
Pueblo Blanco is the hidden gem, that probably won’t stay hidden for long.