Idyllic and charming. The area is known as El Faro because of its iconic lighthouse. Perched on a jutting peninsula two kilometres west of Fuengirola. Most importantly El Faro offers some of the finest Mediterranean views that can be found anywhere on the coast.
Above all as with all lighthouses, El Faro’s role is to warn of an impending rocky shoreline.
The normally golden sands that characterize the Costa del Sol are broken here with sharp rocks. This makes for some exceptional rock-pooling. Children of all nationalities are especially drawn to the shore here. The children come down armed with nets and buckets. They just want to catch the biggest crabs possible.
At either side of the rocky section of El Faro there are fine beaches. The beaches are at the side of the highway. However it is peaceful enough once the iPod’s in place. Above all you need a good book to grab your attention.
At the other side of the highway are quiet residential streets. Most importantly all the properties also have well-tended gardens and there is minimal commercial activity.
Street noise won’t wake you, Errant dogs won’t wake you. Youngsters shouting, kicking footballs and generally being loud won’t wake you. These are none existent in El Faro. Above all the warmth of a rising sun might wake you. Als0 the anticipation of enjoying another relaxing, busy, exciting or fulfilling day on the Costa del Sol. Most importantly whatever wakes you, El Faro’s gentle pace eases you into the day.
If your ideal holiday home or new place in the sun revolves around the dream of lazy summer days and nights wrapped in the warmth of a Mediterranean embrace. Therefore try El Faro your perfect destination. You will need a car (or rely on public transport), but on the whole this chilled-out corner of the Costa del Sol has everything else you could wish for.
The beach at El Faro (the lighthouse) is within easy walking distance; as are several dining-out options. From here you can walk to Fuengirola but you need a lot much energy. Here you will also find the imposing Sohail Castle and Miramar shopping mall.
Families with school -age children can send their offspring to nearby international schools or kindergartens. Marbella’s Costa del Sol hospital is handily located, and neighboring areas in Mijas municipality have some of southern Spain’s finest golf courses.
Near the western end of the beach are a handful of restaurants and small bars, all affordable and mostly Spanish in atmosphere, service and cuisine.
In the evenings, the local beachfront bars are welcoming and will stay open late if the numbers demand it. The restaurants are just as inviting. If you wish for a little more nightlife you are going to need to head into Fuengirola or take the slightly lengthier journey west to Marbella.
Otherwise, stock up the car with drinks and food and invite friends around to help create a social buzz in the comfort of your own backyard.
Accomodation El Faro