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FuengirolaSpain

Popular among expats, Northern European travelers and domestic vacationers, this sun-drenched coastal town offers convenient, well-maintained beaches.

Fuengirola has long been a popular destination for tourists seeking a convenient beach break. Join the many British expats who make their home here as well as European tourists discovering historic monuments, soaking up the sun and enjoying the buzzing nightlife.

The Costa del Sol is big among sun worshippers who flock to its beaches for sunbathing. Among the most popular urban beaches in Fuengirola is the blue flag-awarded Carvajal, a 1,480-foot-long (450-meter) stretch of dark sand north of the city center. Rent lounge chairs, swim in the safe waters and sip cocktails at beach bars.

South of here and closer to the town center is Los Boliches Beach, which backs onto Fuengirola’s old fishing quarter. Bring the whole family to this wide, well-equipped beach. While here, wander the historic neighborhood behind the beach, which still retains much of its original charm.

For some cultural appreciation, explore the History Museum. Exhibits contain archaeological finds from Ancient Carthage as well as Moorish items. Continue learning about local history at Sohail Castle. This hilltop fortress, which has stood here in some form since the 10th century, is a city icon. Also within easy reach of the city is Finca del Secretario, where you’ll find the remains of an old Roman spa resort.

In the Bioparc Fuengirola animals roam freely in spacious plots designed to resemble their natural habitats. See white tigers and other large cats, as well as chimpanzees, reptiles and pygmy hippos.

Don’t miss the town’s Tuesday street market, which draws in visitors from all around the Costa del Sol. Shop for souvenirs, handbags and shoes. On Saturday, a flea market takes place.

Find Fuengirola just 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Malaga Airport. Rent a car, take a taxi or ride the train to the town center. It is possible to get around the beachfront and city center on foot. Suburban trains run along the coast, while local bus companies also offer routes in the vicinity.

Where to stay in Fuengirola

Fuengirola City Centre

Fuengirola City Centre

4/5Very Good!(102 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Fuengirola City Centre. A stop by Bioparc Fuengirola or Fuengirola Beach might round out your trip.

Fuengirola City Centre

Top hotels in Fuengirola

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel El Puerto by Pierre & Vacances
Hotel El Puerto by Pierre & Vacances
3 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo Rey de Espana, 32, Fuengirola, Malaga
The price is €82 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Fuengirola City Centre hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola S.A.M. and Fuengirola Beach. Bioparc Fuengirola ...

3.9/5Good! (1,238 reviews)
Long weekend break

"Excellent stay again. Room was good perfect view. Rooftop pool fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Hotel El Puerto by Pierre & Vacances
Hotel ILUNION Fuengirola
Hotel ILUNION Fuengirola
4 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo Rey De Espana 87, Fuengirola, Malaga
The price is €94 per night

Located in the heart of Fuengirola, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Los Boliches Beach and Fuengirola Beach. Bioparc Fuengirola and Carvajal Beach ...

3.9/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"The room is not like the pic it’s a bit old and not as clean as I would have expected it. However the location is fantastic and the staff are very hospitable and friendly. Over all I would recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Hotel ILUNION Fuengirola
Hotel Pyr Fuengirola
Hotel Pyr Fuengirola
3 out of 5
Lamo de Espinosa, 10, Fuengirola, Malaga
The price is €94 per night

Located in Fuengirola City Centre, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fuengirola Beach and Los Boliches Beach. Bioparc Fuengirola and Tivoli ...

3.7/5Good! (1,123 reviews)

"The staff are very helpful and efficient. Good value."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Pyr Fuengirola

Popular places to visit in Fuengirola

Los Boliches Beach
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Los Boliches Beach

Enjoy the spirit of Fuengirola at one of its most buzzing beaches, where the dark sand makes for a striking appearance and the facilities are excellent. 

El Castillo Beach
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El Castillo Beach

Give yourself lots of time to explore this gorgeous strand, which connects with the longest beach in the Fuengirola area and is overlooked by a 10th-century castle.

Sohail Castle
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Sohail Castle

Get a sense of Fuengirola’s long history at its most iconic landmark, a 10th-century castle that now houses a museum and hosts regular festivals. 

Top things to do in Fuengirola

Gibraltar Sightseeing - Full Day Tour
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Gibraltar Sightseeing - Full Day Tour

€53
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Tangier by Ferry - Full Day Tour
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Tangier by Ferry - Full Day Tour

€108
Per adult
Seville Highlights - Full Day Tour
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Seville Highlights - Full Day Tour

€67
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Full Day Round Trip Gibraltar
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Full Day Round Trip Gibraltar

€65
Per adult
Nerja & Frigiliana - Full Day Tour
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Nerja & Frigiliana - Full Day Tour

€35
Per adult
Caminito del Rey: Private Hiking Day Trip from Málaga
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Caminito del Rey: Private Hiking Day Trip from Málaga

€1,273
Per adult

Reviews of Fuengirola

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
86
5 - Excellent 52.4390243902439%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.24390243902439%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 6.7073170731707314%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6097560975609756%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

Love the place, very friendly, lots of excursion options, great restaurant options

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

A lovely town, plenty of places to eat and drink, lovely and flat for easy walking and exploring the area and very easy to get around the area using public transport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

There is more Fuengirola than meets the eye just take the time to explore.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

street sellers are really disgusting ,invading your privacy and leisure time,they DO NOT know what " NO " means.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

really happy place to visit with great rail and bus links. taxi druvers very polite

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Lovely place pyr in the throng of everything.

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