Fuengirola on Spain’s Costa del Sol has over 5 miles of beach to choose from. There are around 8 main stretches of beach and each of them has slightly different features and offers a slightly different experience. Here is our guide to the best 5 beaches in Fuengirola and why you should visit all of them!
Ejido-Castillo Beach, Fuengirola
Where: Ejido-Castillo Beach is located just opposite the famous ‘Sohail Castle.’ It is the last beach in the Fuengirola region as you head out in the direction of Marbella. You can’t miss the turnoff as the castle is a pretty big landmark.
Nearby bar/restaurants: The Beatriz Palace Hotel and Spa are located on this beach and here you will find several restaurants including a beachside bar. Non-residents are welcome to use the facilities here and it is a lovely place to sit and enjoy lunch.
Special Features: Unlike many of the beaches in Fuengirola there are very few high-rise buildings near to Ejido-Castillo as the presence of Sohail Castle has prevented large hotels and businesses popping up here. This makes the skyline much more attractive! There is a lifeguard here in summer months, a first aid stand and shower facilities.
Go there if: You want a quieter beach. Although, it is only around 15 minutes’ walk from central Fuengirola it is far enough away to avoid the mass influx of visitors that the more central beaches attract.
Avoid if: You are travelling by car. There is parking near to the beach but this gets very full as it is a fairly small space so either get down to the beach early or arrive by foot, taxi or public transport.
Las Gaviotas Beach, Fuengirola
Where: This is Fuengirola’s main, most central beach. If you head into the town centre and just drive down towards the sea you can’t miss it. The beach stretches on for 2 kilometres.
Nearby bars/restaurants: Due to its central location there is no shortage of places to eat and drink nearby. The usual chiringuitos line the beachfront serving barbecued sardines, paella and many other dishes. If you want to get off the sand for a while there are hundreds of restaurants within walking distance in the town.
Special Features: Being one of the most central beaches there are no shortage of facilities. Hundreds of sun loungers are available for hire; a children’s play area; life guards and a safety lookout point. The beach also has shower and toilet facilities and disabled access.
Go there if: You like to be in the middle of the action. There are so many amenities nearby including watersports on offer, restaurants, shops and bars that you can easily spend the whole day here and be entertained.
Avoid if: You like to sunbathe away from other people! The loungers here are quiet tightly packed and in summer this is one of the busiest beaches and it can get crowded.
Los Boliches, Fuengirola
Where: Take the Los Boliches turn off on the A7 and just head down to the seafront. If you are arriving by train just hop off at the Los Boliches stop and the beach is just a 10 minute walk from the station.
Nearby bars/restaurants: There are lots of restaurants along the paseo in Los Boliches, as there are along the whole of the seafront in Fuengirola. If you want to eat on the beach there are the typical beachside chiringuitos but if you fancy something a little different try the Los Enebros in Los Boliches.
Special Features: Los Boliches has been awarded a Blue Flag for its cleanliness and facilities which include showers, toilets, a restaurant, sun loungers, parasols and children’s play areas. There are also handy wooden decking walkways that stop you from burning your feet on the sand if you are heading down to the sea. There are also plenty of watersports on offer here and volleyball nets if you fancy a game on the sand.
Go there if: You want a great family beach. Los Boliches has a lovely, friendly vibe and the soft, clean sand is great for kids.
Avoid if: You want high end restaurants and beach bars. Los Boliches is aimed at families who want a relaxed day at the beach, not people looking to pose and spend hundreds on Champagne.
Torreblanca Beach, Fuengirola
Where: Torreblanca Beach is the next beach along from Los Boliches as you head towards Benalmadena. There is a train station here and it’s just a short stroll down the hill from the station to the beach. The beach is around 1km long.
Nearby bars/restaurants: There are lots of great restaurants in Torreblanca and there are also lots of little kiosks along this stretch of the seafront promenade where you can get ice creams, drinks and snacks.
Special Features: Torreblanca Beach has public showers and toilets; lifeguards on duty; watersports and sun loungers for hire.
Go there if: You want a chilled out beach. As this is not as central as some of the other beaches in Fuengirola it doesn’t get quite as busy.
Avoid if: You want to fish. Fishing is not permitted off the shoreline here in high season.
Carvajal Beach, Fuengirola
Where: There is some debate as to whether Carvajal Beach is in Fuengirola or Benalamdena as it is really smack bang in the middle of the two resorts! If you are on foot just follow the Paseo Maritimo from Fuengirola as far as you can go. You’ll come to a roundabout and a little foot bridge, if you cross this you are now on Carvajal Beach.
Nearby bars/restaurants: Carvajal has about 4 good chiringuitos but try La Cubana for excellent food including delicious fajitas, burgers and pasta dishes; awesome cocktails (the mojitos are especially good); a chilled out atmosphere and friendly staff. The bright, comfortable furniture also make the bar look attractive and makes you want to sit here all afternoon! As Carvajal is away from the main stretch of beach you will also find prices are slightly cheaper here.
Special Features: Carvajal Beach is very well equipped with sun loungers for hire, a playground and a Red Cross point. It also has good disable access via ramps down to the sand.
Go there if: You don’t want to be surrounded by Brits abroad. Carvajal is favoured by local Spanish families because it is not swarming with tourists. It can still get busy in summer though.
Avoid if: You don’t like pebbles. The sand is soft but there are a few pebbles at the seashore so wear flip flops as you wade in or just grin and bear it!