Fuengirola is one of the most popular coastal towns in the province of Malaga and the Costa del Sol. A town that offers multiple options for those looking for nature, beaches, good weather, Mediterranean gastronomy… and a lifestyle that prioritises tranquillity and enjoyment. In this post we tell you what to see in Fuengirola, a corner of the Spanish coast that you will definitely want to return to.
Beaches in Fuengirola
One of the main attractions of Fuengirola is undoubtedly its beaches, which stretch along 8 kilometres of sandy beaches in the urban area alone. In the summer months, Spanish and foreign visitors come to Fuengirola to enjoy its calm and clean waters.
In addition, the beaches of Fuengirola are designed so that you have all the comforts at your fingertips. With umbrellas, sun loungers, shaded areas and a variety of shops on the other side of the promenade where you can buy everything you need for a day at the sea.
Los Boliches Beach
Los Boliches beach is a beach of golden sand and calm waters, ideal for families with children. With more than 2 kilometres long, it stands out for the variety of services it offers and for its accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
It has the Blue Flag award thanks to its cleanliness and the quality of its waters, which also have a very moderate swell throughout the year. We love to stroll along its shore in spring and autumn, when there are fewer visitors and the weather is still good enough to enjoy it. These are our two favourite beaches in Fuengirola:
The eight hundred metre long Playa del Castillo or Playa del Ejido is located around Sohail Castle and is noted for its dark sand and very calm waters. Dogs are allowed, there is a wide range of water sports and facilities such as zip wires and trampolines, making it a great place to visit with family or friends. It also has green areas next to the river, ideal for a relaxing time, where you will also find some little boats that can be used for barbecues.
Culture and history
Like many of the towns on the Costa del Sol, Fuengirola also has a rich history and traditions that look towards the sea.
On the outskirts of the town is Sohail Castle, Fuengirola’s most famous building. This 10th century Moorish castle, which crowns the town from a hill on the banks of the river Fuengirola, served as a defence for the area in ancient times.
The views of the town and the bay from Sohail Castle are breathtaking, and in summer music festivals and plays are often held in its gardens. The visit is free, so don’t miss it!
Old town of Fuengirola
Although Fuengirola does not have an old town as such as other towns on the Costa del Sol, a stroll through the old town is just as welcoming. The narrow streets, squares, bars and restaurants create an atmosphere conducive to enjoyment and relaxation.
The heart of the town is in the Plaza de la Constitución, where the Town Hall is located, and offers other interesting places such as the Museum of History of Fuengirola and the Plaza de los Chinorros. In addition, the old town of Fuengirola is closed to traffic, so the best thing to do is to explore it on foot.
If there is one place where you can feel the tradition and customs of a town, it is at its markets. Fuengirola has traditional markets on Tuesdays (the biggest in Andalucía!) and Sundays, and on Saturdays you can visit a flea market for second-hand goods. Here you can find unique local and regional products, such as:
- Local agriculture, fruit, nuts and food in general.
- Handicrafts, footwear, ceramics, textiles…
- Furniture, decoration, electrical appliances, books…
Nature in Fuengirola
Nature also has its place in Fuengirola, with proposals that allow us to connect with the environment, the flora and fauna, breathe in the fresh air and feel the warmth of the sun on our skin.
Fuengirola Riverside Park
The Fuengirola Riverside Park surrounds the first navigable canal in Malaga and is located at the mouth of the river Fuengirola, next to the Sohail Castle. It is a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike.
Walk along the paths and green areas along the river or burn off some energy on the bike path, the football and basketball courts or even with a game of pin-pong! There’s also an artificial lake and a skating rink.
Bioparc is one of the most popular attractions in Fuengirola. To call it a zoo would be a lie, because it is unlike any zoo you have ever seen before.
Located in the heart of the city centre, its wall hides an authentic tropical jungle that recreates the natural habitat of a multitude of animal species originating from Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands. Moreover, it does not only exist for us to enjoy them, but also carries out biodiversity conservation projects, reproduction in captivity and environmental education.
Where to eat in Fuengirola
To find out where to taste the most intense flavours of Mediterranean gastronomy, visit this post of the best restaurants in Fuengirola.
Now that you know what to see in Fuengirola, can you imagine living in such an environment? At Sonneil we offer the best houses in Fuengirola and other coastal areas, we show them to you!
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