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Fuengirola, Spain

Fuengirola is a small holiday resort with 70,000 inhabitants and between 200,000 and 400,000 tourists, located 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. Fuengirola is completely melted together with the Mijas Costa area.

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.

Beaches in Fuengirola
Beach in Fuengirola

Beaches in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has one of the nicest and longest beaches on the entire Costa del Sol. Every morning the beaches are being cleaned to keep them tidy and inviting. During the winter, the sand gets washed away by storms, a few weeks before easter the municipality refills the beaches with new sand. 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 cleanliness, environment, accessibility and services. There are no nudist beaches in Fuengirola. The nearest nudist beach is in Cabopino, Marbella.

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Climate in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has a subtropical climate. In the summer, i.e. from May to September it hardly ever rains and the weather is warm without clouds. August is the warmest month with day time temperatures normally between 30 and 40 degrees. January is the coldest month with normal daytime temperatures around 15 degrees and nighttime temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees. In March, April and November, the daytime temperature is about 20 degrees.

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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. Most of the night clubs are located in the area above the harbour. In the narrow streets surrounding the Plaza Constitucion, there are several pubs and bars that all have their different style and atmosphere.

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Useful information about Fuengirola
Tienda de Cartuchos

Statue in Fuengirola

October in Fuengirola

From Feria de Pueblos

New tiger in Fuengirola Zoo

September in Fuengirola

A travel vlog from Fuengirola

Sunrise in Fuengirola

September in Fuengirola

A travel vlog from Fuengirola

Sunrise in Fuengirola

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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 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.

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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 Facilities.

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Attractions in Fuengirola

The Castle in Fuengirola
Castillo Sohail, 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 up in 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. 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.

Around Fuengirola

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 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.

Boat Excursions Fuengirola

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.

Water jet in Fuengirola harbour
Water jet i Fuengirola

Activities in Fuengirola

In the port of Fuengirola there is an activity centre offering different water sports like paragliding, jet skis or high speed 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 and Goldcar, to name a few. Many car hire companies have offices at the airport and are 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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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...

Travelling and transportation in Fuengirola

Fuengirola is located at the terminus of the railway line between Malaga and Fuengirola. There are three departures per hour from early in the morning until late evening. You can check the timetables here:

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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

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.

Festivals and holidays in Fuengirola

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

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...

Horses at Feria del Rosario, Fuengirola
Feria del Rosario, Fuengirola
Feria del Rosario is celebrated from 6th to 12th of October every year. Many shops are closed for a week and everyone dresses up to party, the Spanish in their finest traditional 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 horses, and you shouldn't be surprised if you see a horse parked outside a bar. On the second night of the fair there is a huge fireworks display that can be seen from the fair ground and many other parts of the town. 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.

Shopping in Fuengirola

The two largest shopping malls 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 Dunnes Stores, AKI, Worten and Decathlon.

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.

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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.

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. One of them are
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Sunrise in Fuengirola

Baobab tree in Fuengirola Zoo

Castle in Fuengirola

Fuengirola Beach

From Feria de Pueblos

Mijas Pueblo

Water Park

From Feria de Pueblos

From Feria de Pueblos

Flamenco mass

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