Fuengirola lies just 25km south west of Malaga airport half way between Malaga city and Marbella. It is the third major tourist development on this section of Spain’s Costa del Sol along with Torremolinos and Benalmadena Costa.
This huge resort covers some 10km of coastline with intensive developments of hotels and apartments many of them high rise forming the typical concrete jungle resort which attracts mainly British tourists.
Although catering for all age groups it is probably most popular with families and middle aged couples than with the younger crowd. You can find a selection of highly recommended hotels and apartments at discount rates on our Fuengirola Hotels page. Alternatively take a look at our Fuengirola Villas and our Fuengirola Apartments.
The beaches are impressive and spread the whole length of the resort area apart from the central marina area from where you can take part in a selection of watersports. Surprisingly in such a tourist centre you’ll still see fishermen out on their small trawlers each morning catching your evening meal should you frequent one of Fuengirola’s seafood restaurants where the morning’s catch becomes the evening speciality. No need for the less adventurous visitor to be afraid as there’s plenty in the way of pub grub and fish and chip shops!
Things to Do
You can pass many hours wandering along the long promenade along the coast stopping at the many bars and cafés. If you can cope with the climb you can visit the remains of the Moorish castle of Sohail on the western edge of the resort. Tuesday is a big day for shopaholics when the weekly market which moves up and down the coast each day is set up in the centre of town and is the Costa del Sol’s most popular market destination.
If you’re feeling a little more energetic you’ll find plenty places from where you can go windsurfing and scuba diving is popular. There’s a zoo which should keep the kids amused for a few hours as well as a water park. Fuengirola is especially popular with golfers as it is ideally located for access to a wide selection of courses on what has become known as Spain’s Costa del Golf. By night there’s no shortage of bars and restaurants to suit every taste and pocket.
You can book half day excursions from Fuengirola to Marbella, Mijas, the Caves of Nerja and Malaga city. Full day tour destinations include Granada to visit the Alhambra Palace, Seville, Cordoba and Ronda. Other novel tours are a Gibraltar shopping trip and a full day excursion to Morocco. Take a look at our Costa del Sol excursions page for more information.
If you’d prefer to just use public transport rather than going on a scheduled coach tour you can always find a taxi for local outings and there are regular coastal bus services up and down the coast. There are trains into Malaga city every 30 mins which is well worth the effort to see the Moorish ruins of the Gibralfaro and the new Picasso museum.
The Fuengirola map below is interactive and lets you zoom in for a more detailed street view or zoom out to get a wider perspective.