Just 20 minutes from Malaga airport Fuengirola is a modern cosmopolitan resort with some of the best beaches on the entire coast.
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Fuengirola can be what YOU want it to be, a town bustling with nightlife cafes, bars and restaurants OR just a few hundred yards out of town a beautifully clean peaceful seaside resort with miles of unspoilt beaches and ideal for a young family. No wonder Fuengirola more than any other is THE town on the Costa Del Sol where the Spanish choose to enjoy their holidays.
Fuengirola’s sandy beaches stretch for 5 miles so no matter how busy it is, you’re guaranteed a spot in the sunshine. The beaches are very family friendly with sloping shores and soft sands. There are also plenty of watersports on offer, from pedal boats to jet skis. The promenade that runs the length of the sea front is known as the Paseo Maritimo. This wide promenade has been much improved over the last few years and offers lots of space for walkers and joggers to enjoy the sea views whilst on the move.
All along the beach you’ll find restaurants dotted along the sand serving fresh seafood and other local and international dishes. Lots have barbeques on the go to grill delicious freshly caught sardines, a must have! There are also plenty of shops and kiosks selling refreshments and beach toys along the seafront making Fuengirola feel like a true seaside resort.
If you want a busy beach that is great for people watching then head for Los Boliches or Las Gaviotas beaches which are the most centrally located in Fuengirola. For quieter bathing head for Torreblanca Beach which is close to neighbouring Benalmadena.
Fuengirola has lots of attractions including shopping malls, a cinema, a water park and a fantastic zoo. Fuengirola’s zoo- Bioparc Fuengirola has a great variety of animals from tigers to orang-utans and crocodiles. There are no metal bars on these cages, only water or glass separates you from the animals making you feel like you’re very close to nature. In peak season (July and August) you can also visit the park at night time as it stays open til 1am. This allows guests to view nocturnal animals that may not be seen in the daytime. Visitors can also enjoy a meal in one of the Bioparc’s restaurants.
On the outskirts of Fuengirola you’ll find the Parque Acuatico Mijas; a fun packed water park filled with attractions for all the family. There are water slides for all ages. Children will enjoy ‘Lizard Island’ a child friendly adventure play area in the water. Adults can throw themselves down the kamikaze before chilling out in the Jacuzzi! The park also has lots of places to eat and drink so you can spend a full day here without having to bring along refreshments. This is a great day out.
Shopping in Fuengirola is great. Whether you are looking for handcrafted gifts or high street brands like Zara and Mango you will find them in the town centre. Fuengirola is also famous for its huge street market which is held every Tuesday and Saturday mornings on the Fuengirola Fairground. You can pick up lots of bargains here and it is particularly good for quality leather goods, jewellery and handcrafted souvenirs. Just off the main A7, opposite Fuengirola Castle, you’ll find the Miramar Shopping Centre and Cinema. This is very much like any shopping mall you would find at home with shops such as Dorothy Perkins and Wallace mixed in with popular Spanish stores. As well as boutiques there is a huge Eroski supermarket, cafes and restaurants. The multi cinema has 12 screens and usually shows at least one or two English speaking films per showing.
Evenings in Fuengirola have just as much to offer. There is a great choice of restaurants to suit all tastes. Just behind the street lining the seafront you’ll find ‘fish alley’ a street full of restaurants and bars offering everything from Chinese, Indian, Italian and local Spanish cuisine. The quality of food in all of these restaurants tends to be good but it can get very busy down here in the summer months. You’ll also need to avoid the usual street salesmen. If you wander further down the little windy streets of Fuengirola you’ll no doubt uncover some of the great hidden treasures. There are little Bodegas with cured hams hanging over the bar; or delicious tapas restaurants with a great variety of dishes on offer. Although Fuengirola is a popular holiday resort, if you look in the right place you can still find little pieces of traditional Spanish life.
If Fuengirola doesn’t have enough to keep you occupied for your whole holiday I would be surprised but you may want to get out and explore the area. Fuengirola has excellent transport link with the A7 coastal road nearby and a modern train station and trains running regularly to historical Malaga and the airport. If you want to visit Marbella there is a regular, affordable bus service that leaves from the station in the centre of town.
There is plenty to see and do in Fuengirola and its surrounding areas with lots of bars, restaurants, Theme Parks and attractions and you may not necessarily always want to walk or drive to. This is where the reliable and handy taxi services of Mijas and Fuengirola taxis come in handy. Both companies are happy to take bookings in English, just make sure you have your property address ready when you call. If you need picking up from your Holiday Home then give Mijas Taxis a ring on 952 247 149. To get back home after an enjoyable afternoon or evening then Fuengirola Taxis are the best to use. You can either pick up a taxi from the sea front from one of the many taxi ranks or give them a call on 952 471 000. if there is more than four of you then give there 8 seater a direct call on 654 281 480.