Fuengirola is known on the coast as a major tourist area. It has more than 8 kms of beaches and all the amenities required for a fantastic holiday.
Fuengirola has a population of approximately 72,000 inhabitants. 25% of people in this area are foreign, primarily British.
The train is a fantastic way to see the area around Fuengirola. With a train running to Málaga every hour, it’s clean, cheap and safe. There is also a regular bus route that stops between Málaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena and Arroyo de la Miel.
WHAT TO DO
Fuengirola has many historic monuments and open parks. The most ancient of these is the Arab Castle, built by Abd-ar-Rahman III in the 10th century. It is still in use today as a festival and concert venue in the summer. Previously abandoned, it was refurbished in 2000 and is now one of the highlights of Fuengirola´s cultural and historical scene. Also worth a visit is the Museum of Historical Monuments, where you will be able to find the remains of Seul, the sculpture of Fuengirola Venus and much more!
The port is divided into two zones. One side is the designated fishing area. Vessels go out to sea everyday and bring back fresh fish for the local market. On the other side of the port you will find the private marina and tourist attractions. Fuengirola’s marina has over 200 berths and all the usual amenities needed when docking. Within the marina there are many companies offering fishing trips, jet skiing, scuba diving, boat hire, pleasure trips, glass bottom boat trips and even parasailing! The port is also full of restaurants, bars and cafés.
For a lovely day out visit the famous Fuengirola Zoo. It is very animal friendly, quite small and therefore perfect for the little ones. The zoo is focused on endangered and exotic animals. One can also enjoy the moonlight area where you can watch the nocturnal activities of the animals, such as bats or leopards.
Very close to Fuengirola is the bustling resort of Arroyo de la Miel where you can find the amazing amusement park of Tivoli World, with thrilling rides, gondolas, restaurants and Wild West shows!
AT THE BEACH
Fuengirola boasts 8 kms of sandy beach lined with one of the longest promenades on the Costa del Sol. Well serviced with bars and restaurants, sunbeds and fun activities, it is the perfect location for a family summer holiday. All of Fuengirola’s beaches have been awarded European Blue Flags for cleanliness. The 3 main beaches are Las Gaviotas, Santa Amalia and Torreblanca-Carvajal, all of which are very popular. If you find them packed with visitors during the summer months you can always head to Los Boliches beach which is more popular with the locals.
Fuengirola is filled with little boutiques, shopping centres and designer shops. The Miramar shopping centre is very popular with many high street shops like Benetton, Pull & Bear, Zara, etc. Every Tuesday, Fuengirola organises the biggest and busiest street market and on Saturdays there is a big boot sale where you can buy anything from a new pet to valuable antiques.
Fuengirola’s population is generally very active and this is proven by an abundance of sporting facilities. Water sport lovers can try fishing, diving, swimming or sailing. If water doesn’t do it for you, try tennis, golf or cycling. Fuengirola´s most practiced sport is horse riding. Some riding schools allow you to venture out and ride on the beach or in the mountains, while under the watchful eye of a professional, of course! Fuengirola’s beaches have designated areas for specific sports like volleyball, wind-surfing, jet skiing, etc. Also available are yacht and boat charters and evening cruises, which can be found in the port.