Torremolinos council to get rid of unslightly signs by historic tower

The Pimentel tower was built in the Middle Ages but views from some angles are obstructed.
The Pimentel tower was built in the Middle Ages but views from some angles are obstructed. / SUR
  • Work to improve and landscape the pedestrianised area around the Pimentel tower at the end of Calle San Miguel will begin in the autumn

The town hall in Torremolinos has announced plans to tidy up a historic area at the heart of the resort, including the removal of business signage that obscures views of a local landmark.

The work will focus on the Cuesta del Tajo road and the famous Torre de los Molinos tower, at the end of Calle San Miguel above the beach.

The project, due to start in the autumn, will be funded by the Diputación provincial government and aims to improve the immediate surroundings of the tower, also known as the Pimentel tower, a protected building and listed as of special cultural interest (BIC).

The plan for the refurbishment of this part of the town includes steps to smarten up the façades of several rundown nineteenth-century buildings by the landmark.

In addition, the town hall is keen to preserve the Molino de la Bóveda, an old flour mill recently uncovered in the Cuesta del Tajo. This part of the work will be supervised by archaeologists to avoid the possible loss of any items of historical value.

The clean-up project will also take in Calle Peligro and the steps that lead to the beach at Bajondillo.

It will be a continuation of restoration in the area, including work that was recently completed on San Miguel Church, next to the Pimentel tower itself.

The town planning department has urged local business owners to respect the rules concerning installing signs or awnings that might restrict the view of the tower.

Measures have been reinforced to control the installation of advertising boards, telecommunication antennas, canopies and washing lines.

Councillors stressed that keeping the area visually attractive is a priority and those businesses and residents that do not comply with guidelines could face legal action and the forced removal of the obstructing items.

The Pimentel tower was part of a Moorish defensive system and is one of only five towers, out of the 21 that remain in the province of Malaga, that dates back to the Middle Ages.