Delayed Torremolinos plaza to include a time capsule

The Christmas lights were switched on last Friday.
The Christmas lights were switched on last Friday. / SUR
  • Residents have been invited to submit items to be sealed in the capsule as evidence that might be of interest to future generations

Although a delay in the progress of the pedestrianisation of the centre of Torremolinos has postponed the official inauguration until January, most of the new boulevard and central plaza was opened in time for the switching on of the Christmas lights last Friday. The decision to open access to the new boulevard last week was taken in order to prevent more harm to the businesses in the area, many of which have been affected by twelve months of disruption caused by the work.

The whole of the Avenida Palma de Mallorca and almost all of the Plaza Costa del Sol has been finished and fitted with a central water feature, benches, a stage for cultural performances and a large pergola, which has been named Pergola Torremolinos. However, the finishing touches will not take place until after the festive season. One of the last steps in the project will be the burying of a time capsule, which will be placed under the Plaza Costa del Sol. A plaque recording the date of the event will be installed to mark the spot.

The town hall has invited residents to submit items to be sealed in the capsule as evidence that might be of interest to future generations. These can include photographs and artwork, historical data and maps, newspaper articles, or written statements that reflect personal experiences that have occurred in Torremolinos.

The council will also include a book about the history of Torremolinos, the day's newspapers, currency, several historical documents and a current photograph of the new-look town centre.

All entries must be in PDF format and no bigger than one A4 page. The name of the applicant and any personal information for future descendants must accompany the document. Personal, social or political criticism will not be accepted. Submissions must be made by e-mail before Tuesday 15 January 2019 to

The renovation of the Plaza Costa del Sol and Avenida de Palma Mallorca is one of the largest urban transformations that the town has experienced in recent decades. The town hall hopes it will reactivate the local economy, which has been in decline for more than a decade.