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Fuengirola Area Guide

“A popular and buzzing cosmopolitan town, with over 7km of golden beach front”

Fuengirola is one of the largest and most popular towns on the Costa del Sol. Fuengirola boasts an endless array of bars, restaurants and other facilities in addition to some of the finest quality beaches on the coast.

Fuengirola has a very multi-cultural population and also welcomes visitors from all areas of the World. This diversity creates a warm and friendly atmosphere and a huge choice of food and other experiences.

Located only 25km from Malaga International Airport Fuengirola is easily accessible by road, rail or bus and the town has fantastic transport links to many of the other surrounding areas. The main train line (Line C1) runs north from Fuengirola to Malaga with an average journey time of 42 minutes, stopping at a number of popular towns and villages along the way, such as Benalmadena and Torremolinos. From Maria Zambrano Malaga you can also connect to the high-speed trains if you wish to visit larger cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Sevilla and Cordoba.

When you consider the above factors it is not difficult to see why this buzzing cosmopolitan town on the Mediterranean is the number one choice for so many to spend their holidays, relocate to or purchase a second home.

If culture is more your thing, why not take some time to visit the local museum and Sohail Castle, which was built in AD 956 by Abd-ar-Rahman III to strengthen the coastal defences.  In 2000 the Town of Fuengirola renovated the ruins of the castle turning it into a tourist attraction and is today a functioning space used often for concerts and other festivals.

There are a number of ´fiestas` held in Fuengirola´s main fairground (between train stations of Fuengirola and Los Boliches) including;

Feria Internacional de los Pueblos - This event is usually held at the end of April and lasts for 1 week.  The Feria International de los Pueblos has grown rapidly and is increasingly popular with both local residents and visitors. This feria invites up to 50 different countries from all over the world to promote their own nations, inviting the public to experience their unique foods, music and ambiance. This in addition to a number of shows and parades makes for a great day out for all.

Feria del Rosario - This is a more traditionally Spanish event that attracts around 1 million visitors each year over the week that it occurs, usually at the beginning of October.  During this period many of the locals are on holiday and the entire town of Fuengirola is filled from morning to night with beautiful horses, horse drawn carriages and traditionally dressed Spanish men and women.  It is perfectly normal during this period to be in a bar next to a tethered horse while his ride, in full traditional dress, enjoys a casual drink next to you!

Regular Markets - Every Tuesday and Saturday you will find a large local market, ideal for picking up a good bargain.

Fuengirola itself is a major tourist resort with more than 7 km of beaches. This stretch offers a large choice of bars and restaurants. You can also find a plenty of water activities along the shoreline such as the inflatable Costa Water Park, jet skis, pedalos and Parasailing. There are also several fishing, sailing, speedboat and other sea excursions from the nearby port that you can take advantage of to ensure that you and the family are entertained the whole day. During the summer months you will see the central beaches packed full different nationalities from roadside to shoreline but if you want a little more space then the beaches at los Boliches, just a few mins walk from the centre of town are also beautiful and typically less busy.

If the beach is not for you there are plenty more attractions to keep you busy, such as the Aqua Park, Skate Park, cinema, golf & mini-golf, ten pin bowling, padel tennis  or shopping in the large local mall, Miramar Centre.

Miramar has plenty to offer by the way of shops that will soon have your appetite going and with a variety of restaurants to satisfy all your needs, you won’t go hungry! For the child in you, you can even have a go at Go-Karting, which is located on the top floor of the centre.

Fuengirola´s zoo, BioParc Fuengirola is also very popular and so much more than just a zoo, it is a breeding centre for endangered animals. The park is located in the heart of Fuengirola, just a few minutes’ walk from the bus and train stations.  It homes a number of different animals such as crocodiles, monkeys, gorillas, tigers and many more.

If you head approximately 32km south from Fuengirola you will find the popular holiday destinations of Marbella and Puerto Banus. There are no trains but plenty of regular buses.   You could also take the bus up to the quaint and traditional village of Mijas Pueblo, which is situated just above Fuengirola. This village is full of bars and restaurants and homes a spectacular view over Fuengirola town and coast line.  The village has a number of its own attractions including a chocolate factory where you can make your own chocolate.

When you are thinking of moving permanently to a different location your children’s education is one of, if not the, most important things to consider.  Fuengirola offers a wide range of schools from state schools to private and international schools and colleges. Most international schools follow a UK syllabus, up to GCSEs and A/S levels.

There are a number of medical centres, some private and some state. The main centre, Centro Medico Fuengirola is located on Calle San Rafael, however you should find a local centre depending on the location you choose to live in.

There are two police stations in Fuengirola and a Guardia Civil station. Policia Local Fuengirola is the main central station and Direccion General de la Policia Comisario Jefe, this is where you would go to register for your Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) and other documentation related matters. 

For your culinary needs there really is nowhere quite like Fuengirola.  The town offers an endless number of places to eat from one side of Fuengirola to the other. Over the past few years Fuengirola has seen a fast growth of quality new bars and restaurants providing a huge range of different delights to satisfy all taste buds.

If you prefer the more traditional Spanish cuisine then perhaps try Plaza Chinorrios, a very popular location to taste the local tapas and other cuisine located in the centre of Fuengirola. This little square is usually bustling with people enjoying their long lunches and dinners with friends and families within a typically Mediterranean environment.
If this is not for you then no need to worry, you can eat in any number of Argentinian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Brazilian, Scandinavian, Italian and other eateries.  The town even has a Burger King, Macdonalds and KFC. 

Be warned however, that the late dinners can easily lead on to the small hours! Fuengirola is a magnet for all party goers and caters to all tastes and requirements to satisfy all your dancing needs. You will find most bars and discos close to each other which are ideal for bar hoppers.  Evening experiences range from tranquil modern and traditional bars, to pumping party bars and nightclubs that stay open until sunrise.  

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