The beating heart of the Costa del Sol was once a peaceful little fishing village, and despite growing into a much-loved tourist destination, still retains much of its ancient character.
It’s this character that sees holidaymakers returning year upon year to Fuengirola – and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful Old Town, dominated by the Plaza de la Constitucion that separates into a series of narrow streets, is filled with historic monuments and delicious tapas bars.
With over 5 miles of golden sandy shores, Fuengirola is a beach lover's paradise. It also features the longest seafront promenade in the entirety of Spain. Decorated with swaying palm trees and exotic flora; the promenade makes for a delightful walk at any time of year.
Boasting mild winters and sun-filled summers (almost 3000 hours of sun a year!), Fuengirola is ideal for perfecting a tan or riding the famed Mediterranean surf. If heavenly sunbathing on the soft sand shores sounds far too relaxing, Fuengirola has some great historical landmarks, too.
Sohail Castle, of Roman origin (rebuilt in the 10th century) offers both fascinating history and unrivalled views of the coast.
Whether it’s beach-lounging, late night dancing or delving into the history, we think you’ll love Fuengirola just as much as we do.
A few miles inland from Fuengirola is the hillside town of Mijas. This is one of the most picturesque views on the Costa del Sol, and is met with stunning weather, too. Mijas is also a key destination for any chocoholics, with the incredible Monkey chocolate factory. Here, the whole family can watch locally sourced chocolate and ice cream being made right in front of their eyes!
Benalmadena is the resort town for the more distinguished tourists among you. A little less developed than many destinations on the coast, Benalmadena’s charm lies within the Old Town. Set a little way back from the coast in the hills, the town features classic white-washed Spanish-style buildings in true Spanish fashion.
But Benalmadena is livelier than its cobbled streets might suggest. Spanish city slickers from as far as Madrid travel here for great dining options, brilliant bars and a lively resort. The blend of traditional and modern makes this town a popular pick for an exciting twist on your Spanish getaway.
This picturesque resort along the eastern edge of the Costa del Sol is especially popular with families. A little quieter than its raucous neighbours, Nerja is a great place to explore. Offering great hikes and climbs for any experience level, and the so-called Balcony of Europe, Nerja’s views are exceptional. If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not explore the 5km caves of Nerja? With spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations, the caves are certainly worth exploring.
Castillo de Sohail
Southwest of town is the old Moorish castle, Castillo de Sohail. The castle, which is thought to have originated with the Romans, was rebuilt by the Moors and destroyed in the 15th century during the Christian re-conquest. The present structure dates from 1730 and is open to the public, as well as being a summer venue for concerts. A walk up here is highly recommended for the coastal views.
Fuengirola is popular with holidaymakers who come for extended stays in winter. Los Boliches is the part of town where you will find many English-run bars and souvenir shops.
Zoo in Fuengirola
The Fuengirola Zoo is renowned for having various different natural environments for its wildlife. Take the family through tropical rainforests, deserts, abandoned mines and more. With 2 tours per day, you won’t want to miss out.
Every Tuesday from morning until 3 pm the Fuengirola Market comes to life. It’s one of the largest (and most colourful) markets on the coast and is a great place for shopping. It’s worth noting that knock-off merchandise can be prevalent here, but small trinkets and souvenirs can also be found.
This fair starts in October and is in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fuengirola’s patroness. It includes a fantastic parade of horsemen who sing songs to the crowds and celebrate a national competition of horse-drawn carriages. A visit here would certainly provide some great snaps to add to your holiday album.
Costa del Sol cuisine
The cuisine of the Costa del Sol is rich with flavour and variety, met with influences from all over the world. But you simply can’t talk about the Costa del Sol’s cuisine without mentioning tapas – delicious small plates that will be hard to miss.
You also shouldn’t miss out on the paella, although not technically from this area, the delicious rice dish has been perfected here. As for locally inspired dishes, why not try the fried fish (Pescaito Frito) to test out just how fresh it is, or try the gambas al pil-pil, prawns in a delicious spicy salsa served sizzling. Then sit back and enjoy a full-bodied glass of rioja for the ultimate in Spanish cuisine.
From international cuisine to delicious tapas bars, Fuengirola will satisfy any gastronomic needs on any budget. If you are looking to experience the more traditional, why not find a restaurant that serves Pescaito Frito, watch the fisherman bring in a haul in the morning, then eat that same haul in the evening. That’s seafood at its most fresh!
Of course, a visit to Fuengirola isn’t complete without sampling some local tapas, available nearly everywhere. And trying out tapas treats is a great excuse to try a range of Spanish wines and beers with the locals - it doesn’t get more authentic than that.
Fuengirola holidays are made for holidaymakers from all walks of life. From party animals to families and groups of friends. With day trips to Valencia and the surrounding area as well as world-class golfing facilities, historic treasures, annual festivals, and unrivalled beaches, Fuengirola is a vibrant and beautiful place to visit year-round.
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Fuengirola not quite sealing the deal? Have a read of our other Costa del Sol destination guides for further inspiration and temptation!