Sinatra's image promotes Torremolinos as urban art centre

The new mural of Sinatra painted onto the façade of a house.
The new mural of Sinatra painted onto the façade of a house. / SUR
  • A mural inspired by Frank Sinatra's visit to the town in 1964 has been installed on the façade of a house in La Carihuela

In a bid to secure Torremolinos as a global centre of urban art, the town hall has presented the latest mural inspired by iconic figures who passed through the resort during the 1960s and 70s. Known as "the playground of the rich and famous", among the town's visitors at that time were several Hollywood stars, such as Frank Sinatra, whose portrait has been painted onto the façade of a house on the promenade in La Carihuela.

The mural was painted by graffiti artists Pablo Sánchez and Sergio Jiménez Herguedas Bermejo in recognition of Sinatra's visit to the town in 1964, when he stayed at the Hotel Pez Espada during the shooting of the final scenes of Von Ryan's Express.

The new mural, which was unveiled by the town's mayor, José Ortiz, is part of a project that will use street art to reflect the town's fabled association with movie stars and celebrities. Earlier this year, a mural of Brigitte Bardot was installed on the Hotel Adriano in the Plaza Costa del Sol, and over the coming months the town hall has plans to add murals of other famous visitors, including Ava Gardner.

"This initiative fits very well with what we want to do in certain areas of Torremolinos, as we want to recover the history and heritage of our town. The work is sensational and unique and it will give a greater prominence to La Carihuela," the mayor said.