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Useful things to know about Fuengirola
- On the mountainside behind the town is the ancient Arab town of Suel
- Al-Suhayli, a famous Arab writer and one of the Seven Saints of Marrakech was born and lived here.
- Fuengirola Zoo is world famous. Prior to 2001 it was in a poor condition with concerns over the welfare of the inhabitants. It was completely revamped and is now well known for its tropical rainforest habitats for the inhabitants.
Fuengirola Mini Guide
Why do People Visit Fuengirola?
Fuengirola is on the Costa del Sol and from its geographical position you can guess that the main attraction here is the sun, sand and sea. Nearly five miles of beaches front the town and a series of high rise hotels hide the old town. The city has other attractions which relate to its history including a spell as an important Roman settlement called Font-Jirola. Later it came under Arab control before a period when it was deserted for centuries. Today, its wealth lies in the tourists that flock there each summer.
What’s the Best way to get to Fuengirola?
The closest convenient airport to Fuengirola is Malaga International, some 15 miles away. Almost all UK
airports have flights to Malaga
and the airport is served by easyJet and Ryanair. Many tour operators have seasonal charter flights into the airport. Once there, you have a number of ways of getting into Fuengirola but the most convenient are to hire a car from the airport or to take the light train directly from the airport to Fuengirola centre. Both methods are likely to take around thirty minutes but with the car journey sometimes delayed because of congestion.
What Should I see and do in Fuengirola?
You have all the touristy things to do like lying on the beach, doing water sports and visiting the amusement park and water park but for something different you should visit the huge Moorish castle, Castillo Sohail, on the hillside outside of the town. There, in the castle’s museum you’ll find out about life under the Moors and how liberation came with the armies of Castile. From there you should go back a little in time and see the Roman ruins of Font-Jirola. There are many fine examples of Roman architecture and a building constructed from the remains found on a Roman building site! Finally, go and see the Plaza de Toro, Fuengirola’s bullring, even if you disagree with the sport, the building is magnificent.
What Should I buy in Fuengirola?
There’s not much in the way of anything typical of the locality there. There are the typical souvenir shops and many high street chain stores in Fuengirola itself. Most of the souvenirs are ‘cheap’ so you’re better off looking for some decent art painted by some of the many local artists or perhaps some of the excellent photographic prints that show the area at its best.
What Should I eat There?
You’d think you’d have to put up with the typical fare of the ‘Brit’s Abroad’ but Fuengirola has a wide range of excellent restaurants with many offering typically Spanish fare. There are a number of tapas bars and some will combine the tapas for main meals. Others sell paella and tortilla, which, when accompanied by a fresh salad, make a delicious meal.
Are There any Festivals There?
The way some tourists act you’d think it was festival all summer long but the main one there is Feria Week in October when all the fabulous parts of Spanish culture from dance to horse riding to music and poetry are combined in a week-long celebration of being Spanish.
Latest Update from Fuengirola:
- Feria week in 2013 is from the 5th to the 11th October. If you can't wait that long for a party, get there in June for the St John Festival over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd where many of the events, including the bonfires, take place on the beach.