In the not so distant past, Fuengirola used to be a small fishing village. However, in the last few decades, it has grown and grown to become the modern, desirable destination that it is today. Featuring a number of amenities and facilities, the seaside town has become a popular place for tourists to visit, with several luscious beaches to relax on and enjoy.
About the area
In recent times, Fuengirola has been tarnished with a reputation as a bit of a ‘party place’ where foreigners come due to its cheap booze and flights. While this does happen on occasions, this reputation is fairly unjustified, as you can enjoy many peaceful fun-filled nights there without any trouble.
Plus, while the town has become more modernised over the years, there are many neighbourhoods within Fuengirola which remain very traditionally Spanish. They are definitely worth a visit, as they’ll give you a real insight into the Spanish culture and way of life.
What to see
If you come into the town via the coastal road, you will arrive in Fuengirola’s Los Boliches District where there is a fantastic open-air market held twice a week. It’s one of the biggest in the area too, so it’s definitely worth visiting if you get the chance.
If you like animals, the town also has a very nice and well-maintained zoo to go and visit. The animals it contains are really well looked after, as the zoo was deliberately built to try and recreate the home environments where each of the animals originate from.
There is also a selection of great food to choose from at Calle Moncayo. This pedestrianised area is wall-to-wall with restaurants and, since its name translates to Fish Alley, I’ll let you work out what it specialises in.
How to get there
Fuengirola is located approximately 28 km west of Malaga airport, on the way towards Marbella, and can be easily reached via the autovia or coastal route.
The coastal route is a much more pleasant drive, offering a range of stunning scenery to look at along the way. However, the autovia is much quicker, so the choice really depends on how quickly you want to get there.
You can also get to Fuengirola by bus or train, with both stations handily located in the town centre.