LGBT tourists visiting Torremolinos have had a rough deal in recent years with a lack of activities, events, and infrastructure presenting a limited holiday experience based around the town centre’s aging bars and discos, leading many with little reason to return when far greater variety is on offer in Sitges (Barcelona) and Ibiza.
This may now be set to change with the new council recognising the promise of LGBT tourism, and this year will see a total of four large events in what promises to be the greatest summer in history for the local LGBT community.
Gay Pride LGBT2 takes place from June 2-5, with opening speeches by LGBT luminaries set to be followed by a parade and plenty of musical support, including free live performances and DJs.
From July 5-10 what is arguably Torremolinos’ biggest summer event, ‘Wonder Beach’, will bring artists including Fangoria and Monarchy, plus theatre and other shows, to the Palacio de los Congresos, supported by bars and discos in La Nogalera.
On July 11 ‘La Demence’, the largest LGBT boat cruise in Europe, hits Malaga City in what promises to be a historic day for LGBT tourism in the province.
Around 2,500 visitors are expected to disembark in the port, and free coach transfer has been arranged to transport the revelers to Bajondillo beach in Torremolinos, where famous chiringuitos such as ‘Eden Beach’ have prepared a busy schedule of events.
Finally, around 1500 ‘bears’ will invade Torremolinos, from August 10-16 as the ‘Mad Bear Beach’ party comes to town in celebration of the LGBT subculture related to hair and beards.
Torremolinos Mayor Jose Ortiz says that in order to be a truly LGBT-friendly destination, it is also necessary to build links with local businesses who must say not to discrimination, as he recalled that the LGBT rainbow flag was hung from the main balcony of the town hall in “an historic event featuring 12,000 people.”