Population – 60,266
Distance from Malaga airport: 16 Miles (25KM)
Fuengirola Tourist Office
Fuengirola is a well established resort on the Costa del Sol that has a rich Andalucian flavour which offers and extensive stretch of coastline with many wonderful beaches to enjoy the peach and quiet of the mediterranean. There is a wide range of infrasctructure to Fuengirola including golf courses, riding centers, leisure parks, hotel complexes, markets, restaurants, bars and a varied cultural calendar of events.
Fuengirola has managed to preserve a great many remains left behind by the people that once inhabited the city in ancient times, such as the Roman baths or the Arab castle of Sohail where many events are held and it has just recently had a face lift and looks wonderful of an evening.
Fuengirola also has a marina and although not as beautiful as its counterpart Benalmadena it does have nice restaurants and wine bars for you to sample the local cuisine.
Fuengirola’s main sights are easily located: on the road west out of town there’s the restored but impressive Castillo de Sohail, a tenth-century fortress built by Abd-ar-Rahman III of Córdoba, as well as the scanty remains of a Roman temple at the eastern end of the Paseo de Maritimo.
A recent and extensive Roman villa, Finca El Secretario is another Roman site at the eastern end of the town close to the Los Boliches train station on the Fuengirola-Malaga line. Further in, the recently revamped Plaza de la Constitución is officially Fuengirola’s centre, but most people are here for the beach; a huge, long strand divided into restaurant-beach strips, each renting out lounge chairs and pedal boats.
At the far end is a windsurfing school. A recently opened Museo de la Historia in the Parque Acuatico de Mijas, a water park with all the usual water tubes and chutes. Taking its name from the nearby village of Mijas, it is in fact only a few minutes ride from the Fuengirola bus station.