Fuengirola was a sleepy fishing village until it was hit by the tourist boom. The evidence of this is still visible in the town centre with its narrow streets and lovely church.
Fuengirola is only twenty minutes from Malaga airport and is probably the most popular tourist resort on the Costa del Sol. A local train provides easy access to popular nearby resorts such as Torreblanca, Arroyo de la Miel and Torremolinos.
The Romans called the city "Suel" after a star that can be seen clearly from the castle. The castle is the town’s symbol and stands on a hill commanding an impressive view over Fuengirola.
Fuengirola is probably most famous for its five miles of sandy beache and wide promenade. High rise hotels and blocks of residential apartments overlook the beaches and have magnificent views of the Mediterranean and the sweeping coastline. The beaches at Los Boliches, Las Gaviotas and Torreblanca have a European blue flag.
A recent landscaping drive by the local municipality has created beautiful gardens with palm trees, interspersed with colourful flowerbeds.
Due to the cosmopolitan nature of Fuengirola a wide choice of entertainment and restaurants is available, ranging from traditional Andalucian tapas (bar snacks) and shellfish dishes to British favourites such as bangers and mash. Fuengirola is particularly popular with Spanish nationals, many of whom own summer apartments here.
Fuengirola is an excellent shopping centre with a wide selection of supermarkets and competitively priced shops. There are several well-known department stores within easy reach of the town and a street market on Tuesdays.
Annual fiestas include the Feast of the Virgin del Carmen in July when local fishermen carry an effigy of the Virgin out to sea, while the colourful feria takes place in October. This is the time when the town really comes to life with Flamenco, fino (dry sherry) and fun, which carries on to the early hours fand lasts for an entire week.
Buying property in Fuengirola is very popular these days due to the excellent public transport links, miles of beautiful sandy beaches and the amazing rental potential it offers. It sits only a 20 minute drive from Málaga Airport, one of the busiest airports in Europe and is also close to the resorts of Benalmadena, Marbella and Puerto Banus.
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