Fuengirola is a buzzing seaside resort renowned for its 5 miles of fabulous coastline and sandy beaches. With a bustling promenade running the full length of the resort, there is a plethora of eateries to choose from and plenty of shops stocking those essential beach items. Head inland along the narrow winding streets towards the main square, Plaza de la Constitución, and you’ll find designer clothes and Spanish boutiques. You’ll also be ideally located to explore the rest of the Costa del Sol, with the traditional Mijas town and the popular Marbella resort less than 30 minutes’ drive away.
Fuengirola is home to a fantastic flea market held on a Tuesday or Saturday at the fairground in Los Boliches. If you love hunting for bargains, this is the perfect place for you! One of the largest markets of its kind, you’ll find hundreds of stalls selling all sorts of goods from second hand clothing and handbags to pottery, furniture, souvenirs and more. There is also a good range of handmade arts and crafts.
For daily essentials there are many mini markets lining the promenade as well as lots of small shops selling beach wear and souvenirs. You’ll also find a number of large supermarkets on the outskirts of town, so you’ll be well equipped for any BBQ’s back at the villa.
You’ll be spoilt for choice in Fuengirola with a huge selection of bars and restaurants lining the seafront and dotted amongst the winding streets. All tastes will be catered for with both local and international menus available, from Spanish favourites to burgers, pizzas and even an English breakfast. Why not enjoy a glass of sangria and some delicious tapas with a sea view? There are also plenty of bars to choose from, with some offering late night music for those looking for a livelier affair.
There is no shortage of sandy beaches in Fuengirola with 5 miles of beautiful coastline. You’ll find plenty of sun loungers and parasols available to hire as well as some attractive little chiringuitos – beach bars – serving fresh food and cold drinks. There’s also a full range of water sports on offer, including scuba diving, water skiing, jet skis, parasailing and much more. Walk along the promenade and you’ll soon come to the marina, where you can organise trips on glass-bottomed boats and dolphin watching excursions.
Bioparc Fuengirola is much more than just a zoo and well worth a visit! It’s a simulated tropical environment with flowing rivers and waterfalls offering a wonderful experience to see animals such as tigers, hippos, orangutans, crocodiles and more. You’ll also find a large play area and miniature farm to explore.
There are also plenty of theme parks in the area that are great fun for all the family. Located right on the seafront next to the marina is Sould Park, a small amusement park ideal for younger children with rides, bouncy castles and trampolines. Or, head to Tivoli World, 20 minutes’ drive away. Part show, part vast amusement park, it’s a world within a world with its own currency, a train to help you get around, and more than forty rides. You’ll also find go-karts, bumper cars and Tiny Town for tots. There are 3 purpose-built theatres with mini discos, magic shows and very popular flamenco shows throughout the day – great when you need a rest!
Sohail Castle is a former Arabic fortress on the seafront at Fuengirola. With its powerful square towers and unmistakable silhouette, this landmark castle had a long and turbulent past before it was finally abandoned. Restoration began in 1989, and now it is a great focus of pride and a major tourist attraction. As well as an important monument, it also houses a remarkable open-air auditorium and a small museum. In the summer the castle hosts a programme of open-air concerts and festivals.
If you fancy a day out, both Marbella and Mijas can be easily reached by car. A traditional, whitewashed Spanish village set high in the hills, you can easily while away an afternoon in Mijas. Wander round the cobbled streets, visit the boutiques and shops or enjoy an alfresco meal whilst admiring the stunning mountain backdrop. In contrast, the popular resort of Marbella is another cosmopolitan destination with plenty of chic bars and restaurants to choose from, up market boutiques to browse and wide boulevards overlooking the seafront.