Fuengirola, SpainFuengirola is a small holiday resort with 60,000 inhabitants and between 200,000 and 400,000 tourists. Fuengirola is located midway between Malaga and Marbella. It takes about 30 minutes by car from Malaga or Marbella. The city is suitable for anyone who likes to be in the sun. If you think it is too crowded in August, you can always go to the suburb of Caravajal to rent a comfortable hammock or Torreblanca which is a bit more spacious. The area of Fuengirola is completely melted together with the city of Mijas Costa.
Fuengirola has one of the nicest and longest beaches on the entire coast. Several years in a row, almost all the beaches in Fuengirola have been awarded with the "Blue Flag" which is a quality designation that goes on purity, availability and ease of use.
Fuengirola has a vibrant life is reflected by all the nationalities that live here. People from all over northern Europe long for the sun and heat, and many people have bought a holiday home here. In addition, Fuengirola is home to a lot of people from the rest of the world that have moved here because the Costa del Sol is the only place in Europe which has a subtropical climate. Here's a unique opportunity to get to know with lots of interesting people from around the world.
Since Fuengirola is a relatively small town you will usually meet good colleagues and friends when you go for a walk through town or on the beach, which makes it easy to feel at home even if you live in another country.
Fuengirola has a great nightlife with everything from discos that stay open late into the morning, rock bars, latino bars, salsa bars, blues bars that organizes jam sessions, jazz cafes, flamenco bars, belly dancing and so on.
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In the suburb of Torre Blanca there are many good restaurants that are difficult to find unless you know where they are located. In addition there are so-called Chiringuitos, beach restaurants, along the beach in Fuengirola. These restaurants are generally open only during the day and you will find a large selection of classic Spanish dishes of seafood as well as salads and common meat dishes. There is however a big difference in the quality of the Chiringuitos.See our list of good restaurants in Fuengirola here...
One hotel of special interest is Hotel and restaurant Las Islas which is located at the top of Torreblanca. Las Islas lies hidden between palms and trees and is a true gem with a relaxing atmosphere where you can find peace and quietness. Las Islas is a small cozy hotel with an excellent lebanese restaurant. The outdoor area consists of a garden with a swimming pool in the center. www.lasislas.infoSunnyRentals.com
Fuengirola Zoo is very small, but the space has been well utilized. The zoo has been designed to fit the animal's natural habitat and you come very up close to the animals. In 2004, the Fuengirola zoo was chosen as the best Zoo in Europe.
The water park in Mijas, Mijas Parque Aquatico , is located at the border between Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Here you will find water slides for children and adults, wave pools and lots of fountains and small pools for children of all ages. It takes 15 minutes to walk from the center of Fuengirola to the water park. The park is open from late April to late September.
Activities in FuengirolaIn the port of Fuengirola there is an activity center, where you can sign up for different water sports like paragliding, jet skis or motor boats. You can also rent a fishing boat or you can go to a dolphin safari. Read more about water sports in Fuengirola...
Costa del Sol has been marketing itself as the Costa del Golf for many years. There are many golf courses nearby Fuengirola, more precisely in Elviria and Mijas Costa.
There are several tennis courts and padel courts in Fuengirola. There is also a mini golf course and a skate park near the Eroski Miramar shopping centre.
Mijas Pueblo is a white mountain village in the mountains overlooking Fuengirola. The bus from Fuengirola takes about 20 minutes and costs €1,2. Mijas has whitewashed houses, narrow streets and plenty of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. The view from Mijas Pueblo is fantastic, so here it is possible to get some amazing holiday photos. Every Wednesday at 1200 there is a free flamenco show at the town square in Mijas Pueblo.
From Mijas Pueblo, you can also go up to the mountain top, a climb of 500 meters. From the top you have views to Malaga, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. On a clear day you can also see all the way to Gibraltar and Africa.
Car hire in FuengirolaWhen you need to hire a car in Fuengirola there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga.
One of the nices places to hire a car in Fuengorola is Rent a Car rios, where you get a bottle of wine whenever you hire a car. Read more...
Traveling and transportation in FuengirolaFuengirola is located at the terminus of the railway line between Malaga and Fuengirola. There are buses to Malaga, Marbella, Mijas, Ronda, Gibraltar and many other destinations.
There are plenty of great destinations in the immediate proximity of Fuengirola. You can rent a car at a ridiculously low price, or you can take a bus or train to Gibraltar, Cadiz, Ronda, Granada, Marbella, Torremolinos, Malaga, Seville, Cordoba and so on. In 2007 a high speed train line from Malaga to Madrid was opened. The train runs at a staggering speed of 350 km/h and travels the distance between Malaga and Madrid in just 2,5 hours! From Malaga airport you can travel to the major cities in Europe without having to change planes.
Spaniards love a good party and there are many opportunities to partying in Spain. Any decent town in Spain has a so called feria, ie a city feast. Fuengirola is home to two annual ferias!
The international feria - Feria de los Pueblos is held in April/May. Many of the nationalities living in Fuengirola have their own stand which serves traditional food and drink from each country, and there are also music and dance performances to enjoy. This annual event attracts some 800,000 visitors from all over Spain and Europe. See images and videos from the Feria de los Pueblos...
Feria del Rosario is being held in the end of September. The city closes for a week and everyone dresses up to party, the spanish in their finest flamenco outfits, scrambling to the fair ground to dance, eat, drink and have fun late into the night. Horsemen from the area gather to show off their best horses, and you shouldn't be surprised if you see a horse parked outside a bar during the evenings. On the first night of the fair there is a giant firework in the harbour.
Midsummer's Eve is the day the Spaniards regard as the beginning of a new year, and is of course duly celebrated. It's a huge beach party with barbeque, drinks, dancing and singing and everybody is invited. At 2400 all Spaniards walk backwards into the water while they wish for something for the new year. In addition, there is a huge fireworks in the harbour.
In addition there is a number of smaller festivals during the months of June to September: The City Festival in June with a lot of concerts, the medieval festival in August, the tapas festival in August and Virgen del Carmen in July, to mention a few.
Shopping in FuengirolaThe two largest shopping centers are Eroski in the Parque Miramar, which is located on the outskirts of town near the castle and El Corte Ingles which is located next to the highway that surrounds Fuengirola. If you continue along the river from Eroski you will find several large stores in Parque Miramar like Dunne Stores, AKI, Worten and Decathlon.
Fuengirola also has the largest street market on the entire Costa del Sol. There you can buy everything between heaven and earth like jewelry, clothing, shoes, belts, fruits and so on. The market is held every Tuesday at the Fair ground. In addition, there is a second hand market every Saturday at the fair ground, and a smaller street market every Sunday next to the mosque.
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