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Fuengirola is famous for having plenty of sun, sea and sand, making it a popular choice of Costa del Sol holiday destination in 2017. With a sprawling 7 kilometres of sandy beaches, there’s plenty of time for you to enjoy relaxing on the beach to sunbathe without fighting over sun loungers and parasols. As a former traditional fishing village, Fuengirola has evolved from small and quaint to bustling and tourist-friendly, whilst keeping a lot of its charming authentic character and individuality. With a selection of historic and religious landmarks, easy access to popular tourist attractions and stunning natural beauty, Fuengirola is the perfect pick for your next Costa del Sol holiday whether you’re travelling as a couple or with family and friends.

Most popular hotels in Fuengirola

Ilunion Fuengirola
Ilunion Fuengirola
Ilunion Fuengirola

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €217 pp
Stella Maris Fuengirola
Stella Maris Fuengirola
Stella Maris Fuengirola

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €186 pp
Nuriasol Apartments
Nuriasol Apartments
Nuriasol Apartments

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €211 pp
Las Piramides Hotel
Las Piramides Hotel
Las Piramides Hotel

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €283 pp
Las Rampas
Las Rampas
Las Rampas

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €229 pp
La Jabega Apartments
La Jabega Apartments
La Jabega Apartments

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €182 pp
Las Palmeras Hotel
Las Palmeras Hotel
Las Palmeras Hotel

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €211 pp
Fuengirola Park
Fuengirola Park
Fuengirola Park

Fuengirola, Costa del Sol

from €261 pp

At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Average flight time: 3h 5m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

With pristine beaches and beautiful weather, it’s not hard to see why many visitors choose to spend all their time in Fuengirola at the beach. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of great attractions in and around Fuengirola, though. As with many beach resorts, Fuengirola is famous for its bustling nightlife, with a wide selection of buzzing nightclubs and bars to keep you entertained long into the night. At Calle Capitan, you’ll find some of Spain’s most iconic nightclubs, with a strong emphasis on cutting loose and having fun. Cheesy dance moves are not just accepted but actively encouraged here, making Calle Capitan a popular choice with holidaymakers of all ages. If you’re looking for family-friendly attractions, head to the large water park at Aquatico Mijas to enjoy a selection of adrenaline pumping and fun things to do. There’s also great family entertainment and amenities here including families, bars and family friendly facilities. If you’re planning a special family holiday, you can even book your children’s birthday parties here or sign your kids up for a summer camp for an unforgettable holiday experience. Another great family attraction is the Bioparc Fuengirola, a popular local zoo with a strong family oriented feel, ideal for teaching your kids how to respect and help conserve the natural environment. Inside the zoo you’ll have plenty of fantastic photo opportunities and the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of your favourite zoo animals.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

As Fuengirola welcomes a lot of tourists from around the world, you’ll find a wide range of both traditional Costa del Sol cuisine and international offerings on offer here. Whether you’re an open minded foodie or more of a fussy eater, you can get most types of popular international cuisine here including British, Irish, European and American. Along the beachfront you’ll find a large number of bars, cafés and bars to keep you full up and refreshed throughout the day. You can stop for a coffee or tea and biscuits, fish and chips, pie and mash or a hearty steak, and keep the kids happy with a juicy burger and fries. If you love the idea of trying out new cuisines, you’ll enjoy stopping at the various restaurants and bars and sampling traditional Costa del Sol cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes from the authentic cuisine of Fuengirola include traditional Spanish paella, seafood platters and tapas. By opting for a tapas meal you can sample a wide range of Spanish food such as cured meats, olives and seafood. If you find a dish you prefer, you can then opt for the full-sized version next time you eat.

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For Families

For Families

If you’re looking to keep things strictly family friendly, there’s plenty of fun, wholesome attractions both in and around Fuengirola that make it an ideal choice for a family holiday destination. As a popular Costa del Sol beach destination, Fuengirola has a wide range of hotels and resorts with family oriented facilities including entertainment programmes and day care centres. When it comes to family attractions, two of the most popular are the zoo and conservation area of Bioparc Fuengirola and the main waterpark Aquatico Mijas. Aquatick Mijas has a wide range of rides for all ages, with more adventurous offerings for older children and slower, gentle rides for little ones. There’s also themed areas such as Lizard Island and the Jungle Area, which give your children the opportunity to create their own exciting adventures. At the end of the day, you can head to the relaxing Blue Pool to wind down, or if your kids are still asking for more, take them to the Wave Pool for even more excitement. By visiting Bioparc Fuengirola, you’re also helping support a non-profit organisation that cares deeply about wildlife and conservation. Bioparc has a sort of zoo-meets-conservation-project feel that aims to get kids excited about wildlife and nature, encouraging them to be more active in conservation and living in an environmentally friendly way. Some of the most popular attractions here include the geographically themed areas including the India/Pacific region, Africa region and a mini Isle of Madagascar.

 

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

Owing to its roots as a traditional fishing village, Fuengirola naturally gravitates toward sea and beach based activities when it comes to fun and staying in shape. The beach is a sort of all-in-one venue when it comes to living the active life, with people coming here to run, walk, play volleyball and football or enjoy a quick dip in the water. For those who prefer more adrenaline pumping experiences, there’s snorkelling, jet-skiing, scuba diving and sailing, with a number of brief tours or day long excursions departing from the local harbours. One of the best outdoor experiences to enjoy in Fuengirola is dolphin spotting, giving you the opportunity to spot these beautiful and playful creatures in their natural habitat. Some tour operators offer more than just ferrying trips, allowing you to stop to swim or do water sports. Other active outdoor attractions include Quad Adventure Safari Tours, where you can hire quad bikes either individually or in tandem to explore the surrounding areas in a fun and exhilarating way.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

One of the main draws of Fuengirola as a holiday destination is the pristine beaches. If you’re a fan of soft white sands and clear blue waters, you’ll be pleased to hear that Fuengirola has them both in abundance. In recent times Fuengirola has gained a reputation as a beach holiday hotspot, with idyllic beaches and the opportunity to enjoy adventurous water sports off the coast. The sun drenched weather and pleasant swimming conditions make the beaches here the ideal setting for a family picnic or a romantic couples’ meal. If you prefer your beaches quiet and secluded, try El Ejido and El Castillo, close to Sohail Castle, for a relaxing day at the beach.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Fuengirola is a popular party destination on Costa del Sol, keeping party goers from all over Europe and the world coming back for more. The main area to head to for a buzzing nightlife experience is the Calle Capitan, a bustling place with a wide range of music genres and a laid-back atmosphere. If you’re looking for a traditional Irish pub experience, there are a number of pubs in the town centre with beer on tap, darts and a pool table. Thanks to the popularity of tourism in this area the most popular style of nightlife venue is bars, which serve classic drinks like margaritas alongside cheap and cheerful whiskey sours and naughtily-named cocktails.

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For Couples

For Couples

There’s few better places on the Costa del Sol for a romantic couples’ retreat with a relaxed, tranquil ambience, giving you the space and time to spend plenty of quality time together. There are a number of charming little bistros in Fuengirola that are the ideal backdrop to romantic candlelit dinners and date nights, perfect for injecting excitement into your relationship. Many of the eating establishments in Fuengirola have charming interiors and outdoor seating areas so you can enjoy a romantic meal under the starry sky for an unforgettable couples’ experience. Many hotels in Fuengirola have designed their facilities to cater to couples, with a variety of luxurious health and beauty spas. Book a couples’ massage, rejuvenating facial or mud wrap to feel pampered and look your best ready for your date night ahead.

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Culture

Culture

Fuengirola has a long and rich heritage that reflects the many cultures that settled here over the centuries. Some of the best cultural attractions include Sohail castle, a Moorish castle that has played a vital role in the town’s history. One of the joys of visiting Fuengirola is browsing the local street markets for authentic goods and souvenirs, while many tourists flock to the Rio Fuengirola Pedestrian Bridge for the perfect holiday snaps. For an artistic experience, visit the Monumento a la Peseta to experience distinctive Costa del Sol artwork. There’s also a number of important historic attractions here including the Mezquita de Fuengirola, Monument to the Catholic Monarchs and Finca Del Secretario. Foreigners have been visiting Fuengirola since the 1960s, so the population here has exploded from around 8500 at the start of the 60s to more than 63000 official residents now. Fuengirola is a well connected resort with convenient links to other popular nearby locations such as Marbella and Torremolinos, and even as far as Algeciras and Estepona.

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