The magazine “Litoral”, founded in 1926 and dedicated to poetry, art and thought, has published a book with the Torremolinos City Council dedicated to the village of Torremolinos that reviews the recent history of this town on the Costa del Sol, a history that elevated it “from village to myth”.
The 250-page book reviews the events and protagonists that from the 1930s onwards made Torremolinos a world reference in art, leisure and culture. This publication has numerous images and texts by more than 30 authors including Salvador Moreno Peralta, Estrella de Diego, Antonio Rivero Taravillo, Eugenio Chicano, Guillermo Busutil, Alfredo Taján and Javier Ojeda.
Beginning its development in the 1930s, when Torremolinos began to change from a fishing village to a town oriented to foreign tourism, the book develops how tourism settled in the town until the great landmark: the opening of Hotel Pez Espada in 1959 as the first luxury hotel on the Costa del Sol. The hotel welcomed world-class stars such as Brigitte Bardot, Anthony Quinn, Lee Remick, Frank Sinatra and Jean-Paul Belmondo.
In his prologue, Alfredo Taján expresses the following: “(…) the hotel establishment that was visited by an international jet-society, the hotel that gave fame urbi et orbi to the area, and that has already been instituted as a great myth, the Pez Espada, our great Hotel, with a list of guests at the height of George V, which raised its fascinating tower, lit during the night (…)”.