In its earliest incarnation Fuengirola was known as Suel, and the town has its origins in Phoenician, Roman and Arab civilisations. Today it is a well-developed modern urban municipality with numerous high-rise blocks of apartments, mainly near the seafront.
Fuengirola has more than eight kilometres of broad beaches along a promenade extending east and west from the town. With a population of 80,000, it offers all the facilities to be expected of a major tourist centre: hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, discothèques, sports clubs and a yacht harbour.
Considerable commercial development has taken place in recent years, including construction of Parque Miramar, one of the largest shopping and leisure centres on the Costa del Sol, home to all the top Spanish high street stores as well as a multi-cinema complex, bars, restaurants and free parking for as many as 3,500 cars. In addition, a large branch of El Corte Inglés was opened in 2006 in the adjacent Mijas suburb of Las Lagunas.
Fuengirola has an excellent local bus service and plenty of taxis but, if you’re not in a hurry, you can walk anywhere as its main amenities and attractions are concentrated in one sprawling flat area.
Fuengirola offers much more than just sun, sea and sand. When you become tired of lazing around on the beach and want to add a little culture or amusement, or a thrill, to your holiday Fuengirola has many attractions including concerts, ballet and flamenco shows, hosted in the renovated Sohail castle.
The History Museum‘s collections focus on the Carthaginians, Moors and Visigoths, at Torreblanca (on the eastern outskirts of the town) there are hot springs and the remains of a Roman fish-salting factory dating to the fourth century and the Bioparc Fuengirola zoo specialises in captive breeding of endangered species.
At Fuengirola Riverside Park visitors can enjoy walks, pedalo and rowing boat hire, bike hire, table tennis, basketball, outdoor gym equipment and a children’s play area.
One of Spain’s smallest tourist municipalities, Fuengirola packs a lot into its 10 square kilometres – all just a 20-minute drive from Málaga international airport and half an hour from Marbella.
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