It is located on the western shore of the Bay of Málaga and behind the Sierra de Mijas. It lies at a distance of 13 km from Malaga and is served by the A-7 motorway, which bypasses the city to the north, and by train.
In 2010 it had 66,957 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in the province. The township has an area of 20 km˛ and a population density of 3153.85 inhabitants/km˛, which is multiplied during the summer months.
It is very popular with British tourists and has a large British expatriate population. In the past the influx of younger British tourists has caused controversy. Areas of the town are dominated by high-rise development.
In addition to its tourism sector, Torremolinos is known locally for its vibrant nightlife, particularly its numerous bars and clubs catering to the LGBT community.