When I was younger I used to reside in the South of Spain in a town called Fuengirola. The town of Fuengirola used to be a small sleepy fishing village, bearing no resemblance to the thriving tourist spot, which attracts holiday makers all year round.

Plaza Constitucion

                                   Plaza Constitucion

Fuengirola is now a large town and municipality on the Costa del Sol in the province of Málaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. Fuengirola is located on the central coast of the province and integrated into the region of the Costa del Sol and the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol Occidental.

This vibrant tourist resort has in excess of 8 km of beaches and a mediaeval Moorish fortress. In common with much of the Costa del Sol, it has been the subject of considerable urban development. The town of Fuengirola has wide beaches along a promenade (“Paseo Maritimo”) extending east and west from the town, that includes smaller adjacent villages.

The Fuengirola area has a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, with annual average temperatures of 18 °C and average summer temperatures of over 30 °C. These temperatures are perfect for travellers who are looking for warm weather, including a large amount of golfers from Great Britain & Ireland over the winter months.

Fuengirola is mainly urban in character, with many high-rise blocks of flats near the seafront and elsewhere. There are lots of narrow streets with many low-rise villas from the centre of the town right through to the adjoining suburbs of Los Boliches, Torreblanca, Carvajal, El Boquetillo, Los Pacos and inland further afar.

Fuengirola Beach

                                    Fuengirola Beach

Fuengirola is frequently served by the C-1 commuter rail service from central Málaga, run by Cercanías Málaga. The train and bus stations are in the centre of town, and very accessible.

Most cultural activities in Fuengirola take place during the summer months, with the exception of the  The Fuengirola Fair: Feria de Fuengirola, which takes place in October each year.

This seaside town has an excellent selection of hotels for all your family holiday needs, from self-catering apartments through to five-star deluxe resorts. Most hotels, such as the Hotel Angela, Hotel Florida and Yaramar Hotel &c., are located right on the seafront.

For these hotel residents, the beach is only a few steps away, or at most ten minutes’ walk. Many hotels in Fuengirola are tall blocks. These have been designed so that all hotel rooms have a balcony with sea view, sometimes looking kilometres up the coast towards neighbouring Benalmadena.

The town of Fuengirola has a wide range of facilities to include shops and shopping malls, hairdressers, beauty salons, libraries,  zoo, bull ring, theatres, cinema, bars, restaurants. For those wishing to enjoy Fuengirola’s nightlife, there are plenty of pubs, clubs and discos, as well as musical shows in the evening. Spa fans also have plenty of choice, with several hotels and local businesses offering pampering treatments such as massages, facials and wraps.

Bar Los Faroles

                                     Bar Los Faroles

Golfers visiting this part of the world, also known as ‘Costa del Golf’ are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which golf courses to play. Mijas Golf, Torrequebrada Golf Club, La Cala Resort and El Chaparral Golf Club are within reasonably short driving distance.

For those wishing to have an active holiday, there is access to running tracks, tennis courts, bowling greens, squash courts, pool and snooker clubs, volleyball, fishing, diving, water parks, parasailing, paragliding and other water sports.

There is plenty of entertainment for children. There is the BioParc zoo, Sealife, Aquapark, Adventure Golf, Mini Train City Tour, dolphin spotting, amusement arcades, entertainment parks, go karting and beach, for example.

There has been a great deal of investment and regeneration in Fuengirola resulting in a major change to the landscape, affecting tourist behaviour. Until recent times, most tourists would make their way to the very vibrant area known as ‘Fish Alley‘. Fish Alley is situated just off the main sea front at Fuengirola. It runs parallel to the sea and is full of restaurants and bars of all types. Its always a good place to have a wander around and look before you decide where to eat; and you will be spoilt for choice. But it also has the highest concentration of “looky-looky” men selling goods which can spoil your enjoyment.

In this area, I would highly recommend Mamma Mia Italian Restaurant, Casa RobertoRestaurante Palangreros and Aroma. I would also recommend Dylan’s Bar, the Britania Bar and O’Neills if you are looking to enjoy some beverages before or after your meal.

The hive of activity has now moved to just off the main square (Plaza Constitucion), which houses the church, within the centre of Fuengirola. It is a pleasure to just wander around log blocked narrow streets and stopping at various bars, ice cream parlours, coffe shops and restaurants. The Church Square is surrounded by up-market shops, florists kiosk, and has underground parking. This is an assembly point for festivals such as Semana Santa including church service, Easter Parade, and mounted horses blessing during Feria Week in October. It is only five minute walk to beach, train station, bus station &c., from the Square.

La Plaza Cafe is a good place to enjoy drinks and snacks. Other bars in this area, I would recommend are the Lemon Bar, Bubba Bar and Cafe Colon. These watering holes offer a wide selection of beverages, ranging from tea, coffee, water, soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits, cava, cocktails, mocktails &c., and supply a selection of reasonably priced Spanish tapas such as gambas pil pil, tortilla, boquerones, ensalada rusa &c.

If you are looking to dine out a la carte or al fresco, I would recommend Restaurante Old Swiss House, Restaurante Beefeater, Restaurante Porto Fino and Bistro Michel.

If you’re looking for a warm weather beach holiday in the South of Spain with your family, Fuengirola is the place for you. Its apartments to rent and hotels offer every style from traditional Andalucian-style resorts to modern complexes close to the Myramar Shopping Mall, on the outskirts of the town. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Fuengirola as a fantastic family holiday destination in the Costa del Sol, Spain.