Fuengirola it is the typical holiday town of the Costa del Sol: a crowded seaside resort with a long line of buildings - almost all hotels - built close to the beach and a large number of shops, bars, restaurants and tourist services.
Along its coast there are sandy beaches one after the other, equipped with all services and easy to reach. They are the ideal solution for everyone: families with children and retirees will appreciate the amount of services and comfort; young people, on the other hand, will have numerous opportunities for fun and summer flirting.
Fuengirola is cosmopolitan and jovial, full of tapas bars, chirinquitos, fish restaurants, disco-pubs and night clubs, but if you venture into the most typical neighborhoods you will discover the authentic soul of this former fishing village.
Beaches of Fuengirola
Fuengirola's tourist fame is certainly due to its 5 kilometers of coastline: a single, long sandy coastline that goes from Sohail Castle in the west to Torrebianca in the east. Parallel to the beach extends the Paseo Maritimo Rey de España, a long pedestrian boulevard.
La Fuengirola beach is divided into several sections:
- The Castle: the farthest beach from the city center and therefore generally quieter
- Saint Amalia: one of the most central beaches and the richest in bars and clubs for young people
- San Francisco: smaller beach, often confused with Santa Amalia
- Los Boliches: one of the most popular beaches, also accessible by train from Malaga (the station is about 10 minutes walk from the beach)
- The seagulls: the widest stretch of beach both in length and in width, very popular with tourists from northern Europe, in particular from England
- Torreblanca: at the opposite end of El Castillo, it is also a less central and therefore quieter beach
What to see in Fuengirola
What little remains of the old city can be seen in the stretch between the beach and Avenida Matías Sáenz de Tejada, with Plaza de la Constitución, built in the XNUMXth century. The square is overlooked by the most beautiful religious building in the city, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Some districts of the city retain a particular atmosphere: Santa Fe de los Boliches proudly displays its maritime roots while in the area of Lopez Town you will see interesting examples of Andalusian folk architecture. Take a stroll to the lively one too marina and watch the comings and goings of boats coming in and out.
Moving a little from the city center you can reach the Sohail Castle, which rises on a small hill to the right of the Fuengirola river. Built in the XNUMXth century, today it is used as an event location.
As for the possibilities of fun in Fuengirola and surroundings you are spoiled for choice. The more active will be able to practice numerous sports activities, including diving, sailing, tennis, golf, beach volleyball, hiking and horseback riding.
For a day of family fun you can choose between the water park or the Bioparc, a modern zoological garden divided into four areas (Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and Indo-Pacific) where animals live in environments that recreate their natural habitat.
For the younger ones, we recommend spending the afternoon relaxing and conserving energy for the evening: Fuengirola's nightlife is quite lively, it starts late and ends the next morning.
Where sleeping in Fuengirola
Fuengirola has a long tourism tradition, therefore the choice of hotels in the city it is really wide. Many mid-range hotels are competitively priced even for half board or full board.
But be careful: despite the large number of hotels, lodges and guesthouses, if you travel in July and August it is advisable to book well in advance.
How to reach Fuengirola
Fuengirola can be done easily raggiungere because it is only 25 km from Malaga international airport, served by numerous low cost flights departing from different cities. From here you can get to Fuengirola with the direct train of the C1 Malaga centro - Fuengirola line or with a rental car along the AP-7. By renting a car you will be in Fuengirola in just 30 minutes!
Fuengirola is served by bus direct to all the most important tourist destinations in Andalusia, including Malaga, Cadiz, Algeciras, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla. For some cities, the rides are not very frequent so it is best to inquire about the timetables in advance.
If you prefer to travel by train, you can easily reach the city of Malaga, but for other important destinations, at least one change should be taken into account.