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Fuengirola, Spain

Fuengirola 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 thesuburb 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 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.

Nightlife in Fuengirola

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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Restaurants in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has a wide range of restaurants in all price segments from all over the world. Along the entire beach promenade you will find restaurants that mainly are adapted to the mass tourism, but moving a little further up in town you will find restaurants with a wider variation regarding cuisine and style. In both Fuengirola centre and in the suburb of Los Boliches there are restaurant streets where the restaurants are lined up.

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...

Hotels in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has a wide range of hotels in all price categories. Most of the large hotels are located along the beach promenade, while some of the smaller hotels are located in the the main street and in the side streets. Some of the larger hotels in Fuengirola also have Spa.

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Holiday rentals in Fuengirola

An alternative to living in a Hotel is to rent an apartment or a house while you are in Fuengirola. Many prefer doing this because it gives a better comfort by having your own kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. Many expats own apartments or houses in Fuengirola that they rent out on a weekly basis. There are many places to look for holiday rentals, but one of them are

Attractions in Fuengirola

At the end of the beach in Fuengirola 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. The entrance fee is 3 € and you if you do not have claustrophobia you can climb the towers.

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.

Ferry from Fuengirola to Benalmadena

There is a ferry from Fuengirola to Benalmadena. The ferry takes about 50 minutes in one direction and is a great adventure for a day.

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.

Boat Excursions Fuengirola

Activities in Fuengirola

In 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 Fuengirola

There are countless car hire companies, such as Avis, Hertz, Oasis, Goldcar and Cicar, to name a few. Many car hire companies have offices at the airport and are well available in the major tourist resorts and cities. The easiest way to hire a car in Fuengirola is through the web site where you will find rental cars to the best price. The advantage with is that they compare prices from several car rental companies at the same time, so you can choose the one that suits your wallet. Their website is

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Some useful tips when hiring a car in Spain...

One of the nicest 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 Fuengirola

Fuengirola 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.

Festivals and holidays in Fuengirola

Easter celebrations in Fuengirola or Semana Santa as it is called in Spanish, is completely different than back home. The streets are filled with processions that carry enormous thrones with statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary and the city is filled with curious tourists and faithful Spaniards.

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 900,000 visitors from all over Spain and Europe. Read more about Feria de los Pueblos...

Feria del Rosario is arranged from 6th to 12th of october. 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. 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 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 Fuengirola

The 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.

Spanish classes in Fuengirola

Whether you want to learn Spanish from scratch or you want to improve your Spanish skills, Fuengirola is a superb choice. The advantage of attending a Spanish class in Fuengirola is that you can practice your Spanish skills everywhere. On you can find Spanish courses in Fuengirola and many other cities in Spain.

Fuengirola - Virgen del Carmen

Baobab tree in Fuengirola Zoo

Castle in Fuengirola

Fuengirola Beach
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