Fuengirola and the surrounding areas have plenty of sights and activities suitable for tourists in all ages. Besides the beautiful beach that stretches along the entire town, Fuegirola and the surrounding area has a zoo, water parks, a tivoli, an aquarium, a family park with dolphin shows and other displays, a climbing park, and much more. Bus and train services are well-developed, making it easy to get to popular destinations like Benalmadena, Malaga, Mijas and Marbella.
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. There is a feeding display every day where you get really close to the animals. During summer the zoo is open until midnight and some of the nocturnal animals are being released in to the enclosures. There is also an amazing African dance and drumming show during summer. The zoo has two restaurants and an excellent shop selling souvenirs and gifts.
The water park in Mijas, Mijas Parque Aquatico, is located at the border between Fuengirola and
Mijas Costa. It has water slides for children and adults, a wave pool and lots of fountains and small pools
for children of all ages. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the centre of Fuengirola to the water park. The park is open
from late April to late September.
Fuengirola also has the largest street market on the Costa del Sol, where you can buy everything between heaven and earth like jewellery, clothes, shoes, belts, fruits and so on. The market takes place at the Fair ground every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. 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.
At the end of the beach in Fuengirola there is a small castle, originally built in Roman times. The castle has been extended several times and has been used to defend the city and scout for intruders.
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.
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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 washed Spanish village with beautiful views over Costa del Sol. They are famous for their photogenic streets, the donkey taxis and their traditional pottery. There is also an awesome miniature museum in Mijas Pueblo. You can get to Mijas Pueblo by bus. The bus from Fuengirola takes about 20 minutes and costs €1,2.
Mijas has narrow streets and plenty of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. The view from Mijas Pueblo is fantastic, with a possibility to get some amazing holiday photos. Every Wednesday and Saturday 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.
The neighbouring municipality Benalmadena is only a short drive from Fuengirola and has a wide range of activities and attractions such as Tivoli World, the cable car, Sea Life aquarium, Selwo Marina with dolphin shows, de butterfly park etc. Benalmadena also has the very popular Paloma Park with chickens and rabbits running free, a nice playground, and a cafe. You can get to Benalmadena by train or bus.
Marbella with it's fame and glory is the centre of jet set life on the Costa del Sol. In Marbella you will find celebrities, Saudi Princes and regular tourists side by side and the landscape is dominated by marvellous mansions and well managed golf courses. Marbella is easily reached by bus or by car and is only a 30 minute drive from Fuengirola.
The most visited attraction in Marbella is Puerto Banús, the harbour that is known for its luxury and glamour. Luxury cars and boats are lined up in front of the large fashion houses, while the bars and restaurants are filled with tourists and celebrities from all over the world. In Marbella centre you should visit Casco Antiguo with it's narrow pedestrian streets and alleys. Cobblestones, French balconies and town squares filled with orange trees are some of the elements that gives this small town its Andalusian charm.
Ronda, a small town north of Marbella, is rich in history that is build over a 120 meters deep canyon where the river Tajo runs. It is one of the most visited attractions on the Costa del Sol. Historical architecture, beautiful palaces and old bridges makes Ronda an unforgettable experience.
Gibraltar, is about one and a half hours drive from Fuengirola. In Gibraltar you can take the gondola up to the viewpoint where you also can experience the famous wild monkeys. Just remember not to bring anything edible up to the viewpoint, as the monkeys have become used to stealing food from tourists. It is actually not recommended to bring either bags, bags or backpacks as the monkeys are lightning fast and very curious. There are daily buses from Fuengirola to La Linea and from there you walk across the border to Gibraltar. Remember to bring your passport. If you are driving, it is recommended to park in La Linea and cross the border by foot. On the other side of the border, you can jump on the shuttle bus which takes you to the city centre.
Fuengirola is a small holiday resort with 75,000 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.