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This once sleepy fishing village on the Costa del Sol has blossomed into one of the region’s leading resorts, loved for its sweeping golden coastline and traditional Spanish charm. The resort has a lively town centre focused on a breezy square, and enjoys a fast-paced nightlife scene and delicious local cuisine. The chic marina and towering Moorish fortress set Fuengirola apart from the crowd.
Fuengirola enjoys beautiful Mediterranean summers and mild winters.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Fuengirola for the Costa del Sol’s most beautiful beaches and upbeat, diverse nightlife underneath the watchful eye of Sohail Castle.
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Fuengirola’s beautiful Costa del Sol location is a beach paradise, with kilometres of smooth, golden sand curved around the coast. Pick a different beach every day and stroll along the sunny boardwalk that connects them, right the way up to the marina. The marina is the place to go for a relaxing boat excursion along the coast. It’s well worth the walk up to see the town’s landmark, Sohail Castle, perched on a hillside with fantastic views across the whole town. Fuengirola holidays have great nightlife, with a tempting array of waterfront bars, big clubs, tapas bars and pubs to spend the warm evenings in.
Fuengirola’s magnificent golden coastline reaches for nearly eight kilometres. It is divided into several Blue Flag beaches that include the popular central Las Gaviotas and the smaller, peaceful San Francisco Beach. Complete with powdery soft white sand that melts into the clear Mediterranean shore, the coast is paradise for beach lovers and has all mod cons, including sun loungers and umbrellas. Running along the back of the beaches is the Paseo Maritimo Rey de Espana, the palm-lined promenade filled with seafood restaurants and shops. The best place in Fuengirola for water sports is Los Boliches, where you can surf, hire a pedal boat or play a game of beach volleyball.
Fuengirola began life as a fishing village, and its bustling port remains an important part of the town. Today, it stands beside a modern marina, which has lots of opportunities for boat excursions where you can learn to sail or go dolphin spotting. Beyond the beach, you’ll find remnants of the town’s past, with the old town centre retaining a traditional feel with busy fish and produce markets nearby. One of the biggest attractions in Fuengirola is the spectacular Sohail Castle, a 19th century fortress on a hill overlooking the town and coast. It takes a brisk climb to get up there, but the views are worth it.
Fuengirola’s thriving nightlife has a great mix of styles, with venues catering to the clubbing crowd, Spanish-style nights out and relaxed post-dinner drinks. The seafront promenade and marina have great bars, pubs and some big clubs open until 7am. If you’re seeking a traditional Spanish night out, the best place in Fuengirola is the town’s central square, which has a buzzing cosmopolitan feel after dark, when the terrace bars and tapas restaurants fill up and spill out into the square. Make sure you visit some Mediterranean and seafood restaurants on the marina for some tasty local fare.
Beach lovers: Fuengirola has eight kilometres of beaches, each of them blessed with smooth golden sand, clear waters and a vibrant promenade.
Culture vultures: Between its old town, Moorish castle and busy port, Fuengirola has a lovely traditional feel with lots of sightseeing opportunities.
Night owls: The nightlife in Fuengirola is superb, with beachfront bars dotted along the waterfront and dance clubs open until dawn.
Language: The language spoken in Fuengirola is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Fuengirola is the Euro (€)
Local time: Fuengirola is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Malaga Airport. The transfer time to Fuengirola is about 1 hour.
Flight time from UK: The Fuengirola flight time is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Fuengirola tourist information can be found at www.spain.info/en_GB/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/fuengirola.html
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Fuengirola.
Temperature: 12-24 (°C)
Fuengirola enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. If you're planning on exploring the outdoor attractions, come in the spring when the weather is heating up and the resort isn’t as crowded. For the best beach weather, book your holiday in summer or early autumn when you can enjoy highs of 29 and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day, or experience a more peaceful holiday during the mild winter season.
By bus: Fuengirola has a bus station in the town centre, with a bus service running to the coast and out to nearby resorts. Buses are regular and reliable and are an affordable way of getting around.
By taxi: There are several taxi ranks throughout Fuengirola, including close to the bus station in the town centre.
By train: Fuengirola’s train station is a few minutes’ walk from the bus station in the centre of town. The airport and resort on Costa del Sol are well-connected by train, and the journey is an opportunity to enjoy the scenery.
The fun of the fair: Spain is big on town fairs, and Fuengirola hosts its own in October. Feria de Fuengirola consists of a week of kids’ funfair rides, activities and stalls, with lots of food, drink and live music. Traditionally, locals drink sherry and dress up in colourful flamenco costumes. The fair closes with a big party and firework display.
Beer festival: In August, Fuengirola goes all Bavarian. The town’s beautiful Moorish castle, Sohail, becomes the venue for Bierfest, a 10 day beer festival featuring German specialties and the best beer from around the world.