Fuengirola is on the costa Del Sol, Southern Spain. It is situated between Malaga and Marbella. Furthermore Mijas and Benalmadena are nearby. Because of this, it is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol. Also it is a great holiday choice for families with children, because there is a fantastic offering of beach activities for all the family.
Tourism is an important industry for Fuengirola. This is clearly because of its 6 kilometers of splendid beaches, its seaside promenade and not to mention its endless attractions. However behind this touristic façade, Fuengirola is an old-fashioned, friendly Spanish working town.
Fuengirola is located just 25 kilometers from the city of Malaga and its international airport. The town has a good bus and rail service from Malaga. It also has a bus service to Marbella and other locations.
Over the centuries the area has been occupied by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and the Moors. The history records date back to the second century B.C.
The town is dominated by the old Moorish castle, Castillo Sohail. This is at the top of a hill just outside the town. In ancient times this area was known as Suel and then Suhayl. Hence this is how the castle first got its name.
Furthermore Roman remains have been found in sites in around Fuengirola. These remains can be found in the Museo de Historia (History Museum) in the town.
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Just 8 km away is Benalmadena, with its elegant Casino de Torrequebrada, Selwo Marina and Tivoli World. Also the capital city of the province Malaga is only 20 kilometers away. Malaga is a beautiful city of culture, history and great cuisine. The city is well worth a visit. You can reach Malaga by bus, train or car.
The charming pueblo (village) of Mijas is around a 10 minute drive away. It is true to say however the Mijas is now more populated with foreign residents and tourists than local inhabitants. However you will certainly get the feel of traditional Spain by visiting Mijas.
The glamorous seaside resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus are around 25-30 minutes journey time in the car. If you prefer you can call a taxi, or you can catch a bus. The bus take a little longer as it stops at every stop along the way.
The broad sandy beaches of Fuengirola and Los Boliches offer many things. There are restaurants, water sports and other activities. All the beaches are well equipped with both showers and toilet facilities. The local beaches are Carvajal, Gaviotas, Boliches, San Francisco, Santa Amalia and Castillo. Chiringuitos line the beachfront. The delicious smells of ‘Sardinas al Speto’ (Sardines on the spit) wafting out onto the promenade. All the beach restaurants serve tasty traditional local seaside dishes, such as Gazpacho, paella and pescaito frito (mixed fried fish platter).
Fuengirola offers all the facilities you would expect in a major tourist center. There are many restaurants, bars, discos, sports clubs, etc. There is also a large shopping complex. This is the Parque Miramar Shopping Centre. The Parque Miramor houses over 160 shops, plus bars, restaurants, cinema and also a children’s play park.
Apart from the general attractions of a tourist centre, Fuengirola offers a number of interesting venues. There is the Roman baths at Torreblanca, the Arab castle of Solhail, the Outdoor Museum. At the museam they exhibit paintings by a variety of artists. Fuengirola also has the yacht harbour and club. It also houses two fantastic golf courses – Los Olivos and Los Lagos.
You won’t go hungry in Fuengirola. The town has got some amazing restaurant choices. There are some great Spanish restaurants, tapas bars and beachside restaurants that all serve traditional Spanish cuisine. Furthermore there is also such a diversity of cultures and people here in Fuengirola. As well as Spanish of course the population is made up of British, Scandinavian, German, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Moroccan, Lebanese. The inhabitant’s nationalities are endless and likewise therefore the choice of food.
The wonderful Fuengirola Feria (festival) takes place annually between the 6th and 10th of October. This is in honour of Our Lady, the Virgin of El Rosario. She is the Patron Saint of Fuengirola.
The town’s feria is one of the most important on the Andalusian feria calendar. It is also one of the most vibrant. Because of this week long celebration everyone feel like they are on holiday.
Fuengirola has a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate. There are hot summers and warm winters. Cooling breezes from the sea, make the summer heat manageable. The temperatures average 32 º Centigrade during the summer.
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