Once a sleepy fishing village, Fuengirola is now a vibrant and busy cosmopolitan town close to the fashionable holiday destinations of Marbella and Torremolinos.
Although Fuengirola may not be as famous as these two resorts, it stands proudly in its own right as an extremely popular destination. It’s a favourite amongst the British and other Northern European tourists, as well as Spanish holiday makers, not forgetting the huge multi-national ex-pat community who live here all year round.
The area has grown in popularity as both a holiday destination and as a fabulous place to buy a second home or to live permanently. This is due to a variety of factors. Both the rail and bus networks are excellent from Fuengirola and it’s very easy to travel directly from here to Málaga International Airport, Málaga city centre, up into the mountains of Mijas Pueblo and all the way down to Gibraltar.
Trains from Fuengirola go to Málaga city and stop at quite a few interesting destinations in between, including the neighbouring resort of Benalmádena and the busy Málaga airport. Its proximity to Málaga airport means Fuengirola is a very convenient base for exploring the entire Costa Del Sol area. Compared to places such as Marbella and Puerto Banus, Fuengirola is also surprisingly cheap and there are always plenty of things to see and do.
The zoo is a popular Fuengirola attraction. At Fuengirola Zoo there are many species of animals all in their natural habitat; tropical gardens, streams and little waterfalls. There’s a great variety of animals to see, much more than you would expect for a town centre zoo. Groups of Sumatra Tigers, Leopards and Nile Crocodiles are all residents at Fuengirola Zoo, as well as many other species. During July and August the zoo keeps twilight hours and is open until 1am.
For shopaholics, Fuengirola will certainly not disappoint! Every Tuesday morning there is a huge street market in the centre of the town where you can pick up a real bargain – anything from classic Spanish souvenirs and clothes, to your weekly fruit and vegetables. The local market sellers shout their wares creating an atmosphere and an experience that’s not to be missed. Horse and carriage rides are also available from the town centre and seafront to the entrance of the market. Every Saturday you will also find a car boot sale with a wide variety of things for sale.
This creates a magical atmosphere as the place seems to come alive with nocturnal activity on the warm summer nights.
El Castillo du Sohail is the name of the grand Moorish castle that sits on top of the hill at one end of Fuengirola. From here you can look over the whole town and right out to the Mediterranean. At certain times of the day a tour of the castle takes place for a minimal fee and during the summer months it makes a fantastic venue for many concerts and fiestas. The castle is probably Fuengirola´s most prominent landmark.
Alternatively, there is a large commercial centre on the other side of town called Miramar. Here you can find all your favourite high street shops such as Mango and Zara as well as a large supermarket stocking quite a few UK branded foods. Also in the Miramar complex is a 12 screen cinema, which usually shows two films in English every week with a daily choice of times. You’ll find many great bars and restaurants at the Miramar so grabbing a quick tapa and a drink before the film starts, or after a heavy day shopping, is also an attractive option. The Miramar centre really does have something for everyone all under one roof.
Parque Aquatico Mijas is Fuengirola´s own Water Park and it makes a great family day out. So in those hot sizzling summer months when the temperature is rising, the family can cool down and have some fun in the water. The park is well maintained and decked out with plenty of sun loungers and grassy areas for sunbathing and picnics. Keep an eye out in the local newspapers before you visit the park as there are often good discount vouchers and other offers to be found.
If it’s a fusion of old and new that you’re after, take a stroll down to Fuengirola marina. The small, but picturesque marina is home to traditional Andalucían fishing boats on one side and some impressive big yachts on the other. The marina is lined with restaurants and bars, which serve a wide variety of international cuisine between them. And if going out to sea is something that takes your fancy, you can choose from boat chartering, dolphin spotting or fishing. There is also a ferry service that goes to the neighbouring port of Benalmádena and back. All the activities and the ferry leave from Fuengirola Marina.
The quieter part of Fuengirola would arguably be Los Boliches, which used to be a town in its own right. This is a quaint place with typical Spanish narrow winding streets. Los Boliches has a strong community, with shops, restaurants, bars and a beautiful wide beach.
The glorious sandy beaches of Fuengirola stretch for five miles without interruption and are arguably the jewel in the area’s crown. Whether it’s to lie on a stretch of the award winning blue flag beach (awarded for cleanliness, facilities & safety) and soak up the rays, or for a stroll along the palm fringed promenade – you can’t beat a trip to Fuengirola beach. The promenade has recently been upgraded and widened to provide many areas where you can rest and watch the world go by.
Restaurants, cafes and colourful flower beds line Fuengirola´s beaches and there are many fish restaurants, bars and sunbathing areas where you can relax and soak up the sun. If you like water sports there are plenty of places where you can try your hand at that too. There are also a variety of children’s play areas dotted along the beach to keep the little ones amused when they get fed up of sunbathing!
Due to the large numbers of Northern Europeans that live and holiday in Fuengirola, there is an impressive choice of restaurants and smaller places to eat. You can choose from a corner kiosk selling burgers and hotdogs, an English fish and chip shop, a traditional Spanish tapas bar or a top class restaurant of every nationality imaginable. The town of Fuengirola is a fantastic place to eat and there is something on offer for every taste and budget. One of the main restaurant areas is known locally as Fish Alley and if you take a stroll along here you’ll find all types of restaurants. Don’t be misled by the name though, there is a lot more than just fish on offer.
Don’t be put off by the number of tourists and ex patriots who come to this area! Despite the international influences, Fuengirola is still very much the Spanish town it has always been. If you stroll just a short distance back from the seafront you can dine in traditional tapas bars, dance the night away in a Latino style salsa club, and practice your Spanish while shopping in some of the lovely local boutiques. It is not just tourism that makes Fuengirola go round – it is a self-contained working Andalucían town that has everything you could possibly need to live here and has a wide selection of properties for sale.
Buying property in Fuengirola will always be in demand due to it being a first class holiday destination. Thousands of people have already bought property in Fuengirola and it has some fantastic amenities in and around the town.
If you like the idea of buying property or looking at buying property in Fuengirola then you will find some excellent properties for sale.
Many people from northern Europe have bought property in Fuengirola and there is a wonderful choice of property you can buy, from frontline beach properties to smart apartments, penthouses and townhouses to villas. There are also some excellent reduced and bargain property and bank repossession properties available for sale throughout the Fuengirola area.
If you are thinking about buying property or looking to buy property in or around the area of Fuengirola then you will realise over time what an excellent long term investment Fuengirola is.