Guide to Fuengirola
What are your favourite holiday activities? Sunbathing? Eating tapas? Visiting exotic markets or indulging in boutique shopping? Maybe you’re travelling with your kids or love playing golf? Perhaps you just fancy lounging by the pool with a good book, enjoying the sunshine…
It’s rare to find a destination that offers something for almost everybody, but there is a small, cosmopolitan Mediterranean city, which achieves just that. With five miles of sunny beaches, all-year-round mild weather and plenty of things to do for singles, families and couples, Fuengirola is Spain’s sure bet for a successful beach side holiday.
Getting to Fuengirola is very easy via Malaga’s large international airport, which caters for cheap flights from all main UK and European airports. A single train ticket from the Aeropuerto train stop to Fuengirola’s central station costs 2.05€ (£1.63) and takes under 34 minutes.Driving in a rental car will take you approximately 25 minutes.
If you are staying in a central Fuengirola holiday apartment like this one and like to get out and about, you’ll easily access the nearby train and bus stations for local and out of town trips. You can also walk down to the Tuesday Market to buy herbs and spices, fresh fruit,clothes, shoes and Spanish pottery, or haggle for second hand goods at the famous Saturday flee market (same venue). You can also spend hours shopping on the high street or at the Miramar Shopping Centre. (See below for bus and train information.)
Spain is a very child-friendly country and for lunch and dinner alike, you’ll find that you can take your kids to any restaurant. During the day, just run downstairs from your seafront apartment and let the little ones spend the day swimming, body surfing or pedal boating. In the afternoon, take them to see real great white tigers at the groundbreaking Fuengirola BioParc zoo, right in the town centre. You can also hop on a bus and reach the local water park in ten minutes.
If arts and sightseeing is your thing,get the train to Malaga city and visit the Picasso Museum or the Cathedral (3.50€single train fair, 40 min journey). For those wanting to venture further a field, there is a huge range of excursions available from local travel agencies. Take a day trip to Granada and see the impressive Alhambra Castle or travel to romantic Seville with its winding old streets and riverside café scene.
Visiting Fuengirola as a couple or with friends, you’ll want to eat out and have some fun. Start the evening off with a drink in the Dry Martini Bar on Fuengirola’s stunning main Plaza, just around the corner from this ideally located town centre apartment. For avant-garde Spanish cuisine visit the elegant Bodega Charolais on Calle Larga and for seafood, try any of the numerous restaurants on Spain’s longest beach promenade. Near the main Plaza you’ll also find an entire restaurant quarter, with popular places like Casa Rustica and Moocher’s Jazz Café. For cheap tapas,try Calle Palangreros behind the post office – some of these will give you a free tapa dish with a drink!
Night life in Fuengirola offers top class shindigs for all ages and you’ll find that coming home in daylight is more the norm than the exception! The Old Town drinks terrace and surrounding bars and clubs are the obvious choice for the young crowd. Try Lola’s Bar, Pachamama Gin Club for other great nights out.If you fancy a taste of Spanish music and flair, visit Bar El Piso on Calle Estación.
Last,but not least… golfers! Check out the leading 20 golf courses within an hour’s drive here. You are positively spoilt for choice, both for greens and for winter golfing sunshine!
To finish, here is some useful information about Fuengirola’s public transportation and weather for you. Enjoy your holiday and be sure to let us know how it went!
The train station is on Paseo Jesus Santos Rein. Trains run every 20 minutes between Fuengirola and Malaga city, stopping at Malaga Airport (Aeropuerto) on the way. The first train leaves between 05.30 and 6.20 hours and the last one between 22.30 and 23.20, depending on the weekday and the season. Visit the station or the online English language timetables here to check. Single journey tickets range from 1.70€ to 3.50€ - just double the price for returns.
Fuengirola’s main bus station is located on the corner of Calle Alfonso XIII and Avenida Ramon y Cajal, see the Googlemap location here. Take local busses to the waterpark, Miramar shopping centre or the zoo - amongst other destinations - for only 1.20€ single ticket price. You’ll also get buses to nearby towns like Marbellaor Mijas for 3.00 - 5.50€. Check timetables at the bus station’s ticket window.
For most of the year,Fuengirola’s average day temperatures stay in the 18 - 26 ºC (64 - 82 ºF) range.The coolest average daytime temperature in December and January is 15 ºC (59 ºF)and the hottest in July and August 29 ºC (84 ºF). The Costa del Sol is Europe’s sunniest place, so average sunshine hours range from a daily 7 hours in the winter, to a staggering 14 hours in mid-summer.