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

Fuengirola City Centre

Known for Beaches, Bars, Friendly People

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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

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
¥4,929
per night
Nov 27 - Nov 28

Nestled on the beach, this Fuengirola City Centre hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa de Santa Amalia and Fuengirola Beach. Bioparc Fuengirola and Los ...

3.9/5Good! (1,198 reviews)

"My friend and I stayed in this hotel for a 5 day get away for my birthday. We arrived the Wednesday and my birthday was Thursday. Most lovely and memorable about this hotel is they left a lovely card and 4 bite sized cakes on the desk on the morning of my birthday and it really made a memorable birthday. ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Hotel El Puerto by Pierre & Vacances
Occidental Fuengirola
Occidental Fuengirola
4 out of 5
Calle Miguel Marquez, 43, Fuengirola, Malaga
¥6,554
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in the heart of Fuengirola, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Castillo Beach, Bioparc Fuengirola, and Fuengirola Beach. Los Boliches Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (27 reviews)

"Hotel was very clean and room was very comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2019

Occidental Fuengirola
Hotel Pyr Fuengirola
Hotel Pyr Fuengirola
3 out of 5
Lamo de Espinosa, 10, Fuengirola, Malaga
¥4,822
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

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! (996 reviews)

"Convenience to beach and facilities. 10 mins walk from train and bus stations."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Hotel Pyr Fuengirola

Popular things to do in Fuengirola

Fuengirola Beach
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Fuengirola Beach

4.5/5(102 reviews)

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 family-friendly area.

Bioparc Fuengirola
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Bioparc Fuengirola

4/5(40 reviews)

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

4.5/5(28 reviews)

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

4/5(1 review)

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

4/5(1 review)

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

The Rock of Gibraltar Full-Day Excursion
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The Rock of Gibraltar Full-Day Excursion

¥6,371

Discover the fascinating history of Gibraltar, where prehistoric findings, Ice Age caves, and Muslim legacy lie behind the later British settlement. This comprehensive tour of the city unravels facts from the jurisdiction's turbulent and impressive history, as well as the iconic Rock of Gibraltar.

Tangier Full-Day Excursion
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Tangier Full-Day Excursion

¥10,939

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.

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

¥8,054

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.

Bioparc Fuengirola Admission
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Bioparc Fuengirola Admission

¥2,344

A zoo that strives to maintain harmony between its animals and exhibits, Bioparc Fuengirola immerses you deeply within the natural environment of each exotic species found here. Witness animals living together in groups as various species interact in the same habitat, just as they would in the wild.

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

¥3,366

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.

Malaga Self Guided Bike Tour
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Malaga Self Guided Bike Tour

¥1,464

Meet Urban bicycles shop at the Soho district, “Barrio de las artes” the experince start just entering in that district where you will find street art painting in some fachades, art galleries and new shops and restaurants.

Reviews of Fuengirola

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

Poor lighting on the street at night. Use taxi if needed.

4/5 - Good

Robin

Mar 5, 2019

Plenty to do in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2019

I am a real fan of Fuengirola. Has amazing eating facilities, beaches, entertainment , shops, sight seeing and excellent transport links to all of Costa del Sol.