Fuengirola is a coastal town located in the Costa del Sol, Andalusia. This town has always been very popular for summer holidays as it has plenty of water sport activities, lovely sandy beaches and amusement parks for the little ones.
This town is also home to many expats and digital nomads due to the multicultural atmosphere that can be seen in buildings and hospitality. However, the place keeps its Spanish charm.
If you’re planning to visit, in this guide you’ll find plenty of things to do in Fuengirola that you can easily fit in to two or three days.
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Top things to check before travelling to Fuengirola
Visit Sohail Castle
El Castillo de Sohail is a Moorish castle situated next to Fuengirola’s river, on a small isolated hill. The castle was built in AD 956, however, the castle has gone through important restorations since then.
The most important restoration was made in 1485 when the castle was occupied by the Christian armies battling against the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Since then, the aim of this castle was to improve the coastal defence due to its strategic position.
Nowadays, you can visit the castle for free, but you must have a look at the opening days and times because concerts and other cultural events take place in the castle, especially during the summer months.
Although the castle looks beautiful, there isn’t much to see inside it. The best thing about visiting Sohail Castle is walking the walls as you get beautiful seaside views.
Take a photo in Puente de la Armada
This bridge was built in 2006, and it was given the name “Puente de la Armada” because Fuengirola wanted to recognise the work that was done by men and women of the Spanish army.
Nowadays, it’s a popular spot for photographers that try to take the perfect picture from different angles.
Go shopping in Miramar
If you love visiting shopping centres wherever you go, Miramar shopping centre must be on your list. It’s located next to the motorway, very close to Puente de la Armada and Castillo de Sohail.
The shopping centre has over 140 shops – including popular brands such as H&M, Primark and Zara. In addition to this, you can also find restaurants, a leisure area and a cinema.
All the shops open Monday to Saturday, however, restaurants and coffee shops, as well as supermarkets, have different times. Check Miramar’s website here.
Located next to Miramar shopping centre, you’ll find Karting Experience Fuengirola which has two circuits – the adults’ circuit is almost 500 metres long and the kids’ circuit is about 200 metres long.
It’s open Monday to Sunday, and you can also relax at their cafe terrace.
Walk along the paseo marítimo
Paseo marítimo de Fuengirola is a long seafront promenade with many shop, restaurant and bar options. In addition to these, you can also find important monuments like Monumento de la Peseta, and many activities for kids including Sould Park – a small amusement park for children.
The promenade is often lively, but if you want a relaxing walk then you want to go for a walk in the early morning when you’ll only find a few early bird locals running.
Go to Aquamijas
When visiting Fuengirola in the summer, you want to check Aquamijas water park. This water park is smaller than Aqualand – located in Torremolinos – but it’s still fun.
Some of its popular attractions are the Kamikaze, the wild river and the crazy loop, but you can also find more relaxing ones such as the Jacuzzi and the Blue Lake.
Aquamijas normally opens around the 10th of June and closes in the middle of September. If you want to save some money, you get a 30 per cent discount if you arrive at the water park after 2.30 pm.
Contemplate Fuengirola Central Mosque
Fuengirola Central Mosque is another sign of multiculturality in Fuengirola. This beautiful white mosque is located a few minutes walk from paseo maritimo and Fantasia park.
The mosque was built in 1992 with the aim of welcoming all Muslim expats in the Costa del Sol so they could all gather and connect with others that understood their religion.
Go to the street markets
Fuengirola hosts three different street markets – a traditional street market on Tuesdays and Sundays, and a second-hand flea market on Saturdays.
The street market on Tuesdays offers a wide range of products – anything from clothes and footwear to fruit and vegetables and sweets. The market opens every Tuesday unless a bank holiday happens to be on Tuesday.
The flea market has over 300 stalls where you can find almost anything – books in Spanish and other languages, bikes, furniture, kitchen accessories, music and much more.
Last but not least, the street market on Sundays is smaller than the one on Tuesdays or Saturdays, however, you can find products such as handicrafts, leather bags, etc.
All of these markets open from 9 am to 2 pm.
Do water activities
Apart from Aquamijas, Fuengirola offers other water activities for the most adventurous.
Parasailing is an example of a pure adrenaline water activity. Pirate Parasailing is one of the most popular companies in Fuengirola harbour. Not only will you have fun, but you’ll also get amazing views of Fuengirola and other coastal towns such as Benalmadena.
If you’re looking for something for all ages, you want to check Costa Water Park. It’s an inflatable course floating in the sea. You can find three Costa Water Parks in Fuengirola in the following beaches: Playa Fuengirola, Playa Los Boliches and Playa Carvajal.
For a more relaxing day, you can go on a boat tour from Fuengirola to Benalmadena. The boat trip takes about an hour, and you’ll get spectacular views of the coast.
Chill at Plaza de la Constitución
Located in the old town of Fuengirola, Plaza de la Constitucion is a lovely square where many locals meet to have a catch-up and relax on the benches in the shade.
It’s in this square where you’ll find Iglesia Virgen del Rosario, a very important church since this virgin is the patron of Fuengirola. Also, it’s the monument dedicated to Magna Carta.
Spend half-day at Playa Los Boliches
Los Boliches beach is the best beach in Fuengirola and its Blue Flag is just proof of this. This is a dark sand beach where you can rent a sunbed and beach umbrellas to relax or have some fun with water activities such as pedal boats or Costa Water Park.
The beach is also connected to a lovely long promenade with plenty of food and entertainment options.
Go to Bioparc Fuengirola
Bioparc is the only zoo in the Costa del Sol, as Selwo Aventura in Estepona is more like a safari. This zoo is characterised by its architecture that bends with the habitat of the animals and makes you feel like you’re on another continent.
The park is divided into four sections: Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific islands. In the zoo, you can find more than 200 species of animals such as tigers, gorillas and crocodiles.
The adult fee is about 21 euros, and there aren’t many discounts available, only if you have a large family, have a youth card or you live in Fuengirola. In those three cases, you can get up to 20 per cent off.
You can book Bioparc Fuengirola here.
Watch the sunset at Playa del Ejido
Playa del Ejido, just located on the border with La Cala de Mijas, is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise or sunset. What’s best about this area is the beautiful views of the seaside combined with the castle and Armada bridge.
There are also restaurants and bars where you can relax while enjoying the atmosphere and picturesque landscape.
Where to eat in Fuengirola
I found it difficult to find good places to eat in Fuengirola. There are many international restaurants or cafes, and the local restaurants aren’t always the best!
However, I managed to two places – one traditional and one international that I can highly recommend!
Cafe Nomad, situated in the seafront of Fuengirola, is the perfect cafe for those who love healthy but delicious food.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet breakfast or a light lunch, Cafe Nomad has anything from traditional English breakfast and falafel salad to sweet crêpes. They also offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, which won’t find in most cafes and restaurants in Fuengirola.
I tried the vegan pancakes, and they were the best I’d ever had. The dish consists of four small vegan pancakes with a generous bowl of seasonal fresh fruit and agave syrup.
If you’re after juices and smoothies, they’re delicious too!
Cafe Nomad Website: https://www.cafenomadfuengirola.com/
Restaurante Pueblo Lopez
Pueblo Lopez restaurant is situated in a beautiful and cosy white Andalusian patio. Not only is the location impressive, but its food is good too.
The restaurant serves traditional dishes as well as international too, but mainly fish and meat options. One of its most popular dishes is the sirloin fillet.
The prices are moderate-high, so if you’re looking for a good value for money, they have menú del día, a set menu that includes a starter, main course and dessert for €19.50. Menú del día changes every day, just ask the waitress before ordering.
Best Day trips from Fuengirola
Malaga is only a 34 minutes drive from Fuengirola. When visiting Costa del Sol, you want to check out the main city and all its cultural activities.
Malaga isn’t a small city, however, you can find most of the main attractions in the city centre, which make them easy to visit in one day.
Some of these must-see attractions include visiting La Alcazaba, a beautiful fortress-palace, the Roman Theatre, Gibralfaro Castle, and the impressive Malaga Cathedral. Although it seems a lot to visit, all of these historical buildings are very close to each other.
If you’re after museums, Picasso Museum Malaga is one of the most visited museums. In this museum, you’ll learn everything about the famous painter, and you can even get involved in painting or ceramic in one of their workshops.
Other activities you can include in your itinerary are shopping in Calle Larios, eating some tapas at El Pimpi, exploring Malaga’s Park or wandering along the port.
Nestled in a mountain is the whitewashed village of Mijas Pueblo. If you’re wondering why you’ve seen there are two Mijas, Mijas is divided into two parts – Mijas Costa and Mijas Pueblo.
Mijas Pueblo is a village you can’t miss during your Costa del Sol trip. One of my favourite things to do in Mijas Pueblo is to contemplate the spectacular view from Mijas viewpoint – the contrast of sea and mountains.
In this viewpoint, you can also find Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, a lovely chapel inside a cave. Even if you aren’t religious, you’ll want to go inside because of how unique this small church is.
Wandering through the town is also a good idea. The food and independent shops options are endless.
Another perfect day trip from Fuengirola is Benalmadena. Not only is it close but the town has lots of activities to do – from green spaces and beautiful beaches to unmissable cultural monuments and adventure attractions.
If you aren’t scared of heights, Benalmadena cable car offers the best views of the town and coast. It also takes you to the top of the mountain Calamorro where you can enjoy the fauna and flora and go for a hiking trail.
For those who love immersing in the place, a visit to Benalmadena pueblo is a must. The old town is beautifully decorated with white coloured buildings, bright flower pots hanging in the terraces, and you can visit Colomares Castle.
Colomares Castle is a hidden gem in Benalmadena. This monument in the shape of a castle was built in memory of Christopher Columbus life and adventures.
Before I visited Marbella, I didn’t have high expectations for this town as I’d always heard that it’s quite expensive and it’s a place for parties.
Despite its party and luxury reputation, Marbella has more to offer than that – excellent beaches, a beautiful old town and hiking routes.
When visiting Marbella, you must visit the old town – whitewashed buildings, bougainvillaea flowers hanging down the buildings, the lively square of Plaza de Los Naranjos and a wide range of independent shops.
If you’re visiting Marbella in the summer, Marbella has beautiful beaches such as Playa de Nagüeles and Playa de la Bajadilla where you can have a relaxing day.
If you have any questions or you want more recommendations about what to do in Fuengirola or other destinations in Costa del Sol, you can always email me at email@example.com or send me a DM on Instagram. I’m always happy to help!
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Frequently asked questions about Fuengirola
How far is Fuengirola from Malaga airport?
If you opt for driving to Fuengirola, it will take you approximately 22 minutes. However, if you don’t drive, you can get the train Renfe Cercanías towards Fuengirola (C1 route) which takes about 40 minutes and it’ll only cost you €2,70.
Is Fuengirola touristy?
Fuengirola is one of the main Costa del Sol tourist destinations, and it’s also home to many expat (approximately 25% of the population), although some parts of the town can feel touristy, you can also find that local atmosphere.
Is Fuengirola a good holiday destination?
Fuengirola is a great holiday destination for families because of the great variety of activities such as the zoo, water parks and karting. However, if you’re travelling with friends or your partner, you may want to choose other Costa del Sol destinations such as Benalmadena or Marbella.
What do I do in Fuengirola on a rainy day?
When it rains in Fuengirola you can still do a few activities such as visiting Miramar shopping centre where you can do some clothes shopping or watch a film in the cinema; doing a tapas tour or attending a workshop at Costaworks.