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.

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Where to stay in Fuengirola

Fuengirola City Centre
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Fuengirola City Centre

Beaches, Bars, Friendly People

Everything you could need for an easy, happy vacation is here in this oceanfront downtown area, from bars and restaurants to entertainment options. 

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Top Hotels in Fuengirola

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel El Puerto by Pierre & Vacances
3 out of 5
Paseo Maritimo Rey de Espana, 32, Fuengirola
¥11,092/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
3.9/5Good! (1,095 reviews)

"Location and pool/sky bar goods , and clean, staff very helpfull"…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Hotel El Puerto by Pierre & Vacances
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Hotel Angela
4 out of 5
Calle Jaen, 2, Fuengirola
4/5Very Good! (267 reviews)

"The properties not to far from the train station and beach, and the staff were very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Hotel Angela
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Hotel IPV Palace & Spa
4 out of 5
Autovia A7, km 207, Fuengirola
¥17,369/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.4/5Excellent! (864 reviews)

"The hotel has is in a great location, next to the castle away from the main town area but within easy walking distance along promenade. It is right on the beach which is clean with comfy sun beds although these are not part of the hotel and cost €5 a day but that includes sunshade. Check in was quick ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

Hotel IPV Palace & Spa

Popular things to do in Fuengirola

Fuengirola Beach
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Fuengirola Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Fuengirola Beach, a popular beach in Fuengirola. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Bioparc Fuengirola
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Bioparc Fuengirola

Visit the native and exotic animals and see why Bioparc Fuengirola is a popular stop in Fuengirola. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the golf courses.

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. 

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. 

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.

Las Gaviotas Beach
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Las Gaviotas Beach

This dark-sand beach has a striking appearance, excellent facilities and a convenient location for accessing the restaurants and bars of Fuengirola. 

Top activities in Fuengirola

Tangier Full-Day Excursion
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Tangier Full-Day Excursion

¥9,916

Step into a fascinating world where snake charmers, handcraft makers, and dancers alike display their goods to gain your attention. Taste authentic flavors and drench your senses with colors, smells, and people's smiles as you discover the tantalizing city of Tangier.

Gibraltar Shopping Experience from Costa del Sol
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Gibraltar Shopping Experience from Costa del Sol

¥3,390

Practice your bargaining skills on this full-day excursion to the shopping paradise of Gibraltar. Sun-kissed streets, designer boutiques, traditional shops with friendly people, and an unhurried atmosphere await you.

Cordoba Full Day Trip with Mosque
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Cordoba Full Day Trip with Mosque

¥8,112

Drive through the stunning Andalusian countryside on your way to mesmerizing Cordoba. This captivating ancient city was once the capital of Spain during its Islamic rule, is home to the striking Mosque of Cordoba, and its beguiling Jewish quarter is filled with tranquil, cobbled streets.

Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas Full Day
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Ronda & Setenil de las Bodegas Full Day

¥5,085

Come with us to visit the fascinating city of Setenil de las Bodegas & Ronda, one of the most historic locations in southern Andalusia. Admire the beauty of its rugged landscapes and breathtaking views, feel the relaxing atmosphere of its streets in 1-hour free time.

The Ultimate Andalusian Experience: Seville Highlights
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The Ultimate Andalusian Experience: Seville Highlights

¥8,186

Enjoy Seville, capital of Andalusia, and its beautiful architecture influenced by the Romans, Arabs and Jews throughout history. Join us and you will experience this warm and welcoming city. This full guided tour will take you to the historic downtown of Seville.

Seville from Costa del Sol, Full Day Private Tour
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Seville from Costa del Sol, Full Day Private Tour

¥16,372

Due to its important monuments and fascinating history Seville is universally famous for being a joyous town, striking for its vitality. It is the largest city in southern Spain and was the most important commercial center in Europe after the discovering of America.