Fuengirola has a vibrant life which is reflected by all the nationalities that are living here. People from all over northern Europe long for the warm and sunny climate, 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 lots of interesting people from around the world.
Since Fuengirola is a relatively small town, you will usually meet friends when you go for a walk through town or along the beach, which makes it easy to feel at home even if you live in another country.
In the suburb of Torreblanca 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...
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. There is a feeding display every day where you get really close to the animals. During summer the zoo is open until midninght and there is also a great African dance and drumming show during summer.
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.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 etc. You can get to Benalmadena by train or bus.
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.
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.
From Fuengirola to Benalmadena every day at 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 16:45.
From Benalmadena to Fuengirola every day at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30 and 17:45.
The ticket office is located inside the port area. www.parasailingfuengirola.com
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.
One of the nicest places to hire a car in Fuengirola is Rent a Car Rios, where you get a bottle of wine when you hire a car. Read more...www.renfe.com
For info about local bus services in Fuengirola check transporteurbanodefuengirola.com/en/
There are plenty of great destinations in the immediate proximity of Fuengirola. You can rent a car, or you can use public transport to visit Malaga, Marbella, Mijas, Ronda, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Granada, Torremolinos and many other destinations. For information about buses see portillo.avanzabus.com
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.
The Christmas eve in Spain is celebrated on 6th of January. On the evening of 5th of January there is a procession with the three kings in all Major Towns and Cities in Spain.
New year's eve does not come with fireworks in Spain. Instead there is a party on the City Square. In Fuengirola the party is in front of the Town Hall. There's usually a concert and the square is filled with celebrating people drinking Spanish Cava. The Spanish tradition is that when the church bells chime at midnight you're supposed to eat one grape for each time the bells are chiming and then make a wish for the new year. This sounds easy enough, but surprisingly often you will end up with one excess grape when the bells have finished chiming.
Spaniards love a good party and there are many opportunities to partying in Spain. Any decent town in Spain has a so called Feria, i.e. a city Fair. 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 Caseta, a stand inside the small bars on the Fiar Ground, which serves traditional food and drink from each country, and there are also music and dance performances to enjoy. This annual event attracts some 900,000 visitors from all over Spain and Europe. Read more about Feria de los Pueblos here...
Read more about Feria del Rosario...
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 barbecue, drinks, dancing and singing and everybody is invited. At 2400 all Spaniards are walking backwards into the water while they are wishing for something for the new year. In addition, there is a huge fireworks display in the harbour that an be seen along the entire beach.
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, the Beer Festival and Virgen del Carmen in July, to mention a few.
The neighbouring municipalities of Mijas and Benalmadena, that are only a few minutes drive from Fuengirola, also have their own Fairs and Festivals throughout the year, so you will never get bored in Fuengirola.
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 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.