It is one of a number of villages along the Costa del Sol that has grown up with and due to tourism.
The main airport is Malaga International and just about every airline in Europe runs regular flights into it. The cheapest options from the UK being the usual Ryanair, Jet2 and EasyJet. Spanair offers a good European service, as do Sterling from Scandinvia. Once on the ground you have a few options:
Fuengirola is a 25km drive from Malaga airport. Numerous rental car agents operate from within the airport, but you can usually save a few Euros by going to cheaper rental companies across the road from the airport, rather than renting from a company inside the airport. However, in reality hiring a car can be a poor choice, unless you are only stopping overnight. In Fuengirola it is often difficult to find on-street parking and in summer the traffic can be challenging for visitors. It can be a better option to get the train or a taxi into the city on the first night and then rent a car by the day if you wish to go sightseeing in the surrounding areas.
Fuengirola is 20 minutes by taxi from Malaga airport, and taxis are available 24 hours a day. Fares are usually €25–30 (depending on time & season). The usual, common sense rules apply when taking a taxi abroad: agree the rate in advance, and if the driver is being vague mention ask to see the rate card "to help him understand your requirement". All taxis are required to have one.
Be aware of the minibuses, as they will often try to charge you €65 or more.
This will take you approximately 35 minutes by light rail from Malaga airport. Fuengirola is the last stop. The station is situated about 2 minutes' walk from the terminal building, just go out of the door at departures and turn to the right. It's well sign posted. The fare is €1.75 (€1.85 Weekends and holidays) but make sure you have change as it's self service and there is almost always a ticket inspector. The first train leaves at 05.44 and then every 30 minutes until the last train at 22.44 and is very punctual indeed.
Fuengirola is a city, but chances are you will only visit the centre and beach front and it is possible to walk everywhere. The light train is excellent for getting up the coast as is the bus service. Both stations are in the centre of the city, 5 minutes walk from the marina.
Beaches - there are more than 8 km of sandy beaches.
Castillo Sohail - a Moorish castle on the top of a hill next to the beach. In summer, it plays host to many different concerts.
Plaza de Toros - the local bullring.
Port - a marina and fishing port.
Zoo - this is even open during the night in the summer months - this is great for viewing the night animals.
The Mijas Aquapark (located in Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa) just 5 minutes walk from Fuengirola center is a nice day out for the kids.
Rent pedal boats, jet skis, parascending on the beach.
Visit the Roman ruins at the Torreblanca end of Los Boliches
Benalmádena port and the aquarium (about 10Km away).
Train ride to Málaga.
Feria week in mid-October every year. A mixture of music, flamenco, religion, horses, eating and drinking See the Spanish at play, when they party they do it seriously.
Play golf at one of the many courses within easy reach.
Super Sol and Mercadona close to the train station for your shopping and cheap wine.
Dunne's for the luxuries from home for the UK and Irish. Watch out, it's not the cheapest!
Venture up to the centre of town from beach front. There is a great selection of shops and it's not bad price wise. Zara is a favourite but there are a wide range of other shops at good prices.
Myramar (get a taxi, 5 euros from Marina) is a huge shopping centre on the edge of town. If you’re looking for a change it's worth a look.
El Corte Inglés, a newly opened huge department store 10 minutes walk from the center, just walk Avenida de Mijas to the other side of A7 (Coastal road) underpass.
Markets are open most mornings along the Costa. If you are unsure just ask where it is at any shop or from a taxi. For Fuengirola the days and locations are: Tuesdays in the Market square, Saturdays car boot sale in the Market square and Sundays next to the mosque.
The Tres Amigos on C/ Martinez Catena no 3 is good for lunch and evening meals at a fair price. The Mexican pizza is excellent and very clean. It is also child friendly.
Ku Damm, German Restaurant on the waterfront. Head towards the marina right down to the water. Turn right once you reach the marina, you can’t miss it. The hanging Skewers are legendary. Their lunch menu is also good value.
Fish Alley is the food quarter of Fuengirola; every possible food type can be got here. Just follow the crowd, on the beach front.
The Lemon Tree, You will need the map to find this one but it’s worth it for an intimate and memorable night out. Not cheap but dinner in the Lemon Tree garden is a special treat for couples and groups alike C/ Palangreros 12. Phone 952 47 81 82.
The Punjab, C/Hernan Cortes (just up from PYR Hotel). Good for a take away when you want to stay in. The dishes are not as hot as you’d think but they are nice. Only average for sit down meal.
Ying Bing, Chinese restaurant on C/de La Crus. Half way down "Fish Alley" and turn right. Chinese food in general is a little too greasy on the Costa but this place does a good lunch special. Note that lunch specials are always smaller than the same main meal!
Sizzlyns , Pablo de Piccasso. Great varied menu in a quiet typically Spanish square behind the promenade. Excellent Steaks and food for the discerning diner at very reasonable prices. Large portions and clean home cooking.
Casa Gomez, just behind the bus station in Fuengirola. Traditional Spanish breakfast. A three course Menu del Dia is only about €9.00 and is different every day. Speak to David, he is one of the friendliest waiters I have the pleasure of meeting.
Crepes'n Tapas Bar, the only restaurant in Spain which is, at the same time, a genuine French Creperie and a genuine Spanish Tapas Bar. They offer more than 50 savoury crepes, more than 50 sweet crepes, more than 15 salads and dozens of different traditional or creative tapas. They are proud to offer special meals for restricted diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, egg-free, non-dairy, etc.). Calle OLLERIAS, 15 (between "Fish Alley" and Calle Capitán). Ph: 951-311-177 [(http://www.CrepesAndTapasBar.com)].
This is very much personal taste and the kind of night you are out for. The clubs are mostly on the beach front and get going at around midnight. There are some very good bars towards the centre of town if the beach front isn't your scene.
Hostal Italia, - Calle de la Cruz, 1 is in the very centre of town, close to the church square and close to the beach (70m), 5 minutes walk from the train station. A traditional hostal of a Fuengirola's family with private garage in the cellar.
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