Things to do in Fuengirola

What to do in Fuengirola

There’s a reason this vibrant coastal town has been settled for thousands of years, and it’s not just because of the short drive from Malaga airport…

  1. Relax on the beach
  2. Discover the lively harbour
  3. Climb the hill to Sohail castle
  4. Explore the Roman villa
  5. Experence Bioparc Fuengirol
  6. Lose yourself hiking
  7. Go golfing

Fuengirola is one of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol and it’s easy to see why… With its spotless beaches, traditional tapas restaurants and plentiful shops (and some rich historical sites thrown in for good measure) what more do you need? This list of things to do in Fuengirola will help you get the most out of your trip. Your next adventure starts with these great Fuengirola holidayst .

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1. Relax on the beach

Fuengirola is famous for its beaches, and with over 7km of sandy coastline, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Along the strand you will also find restaurant-beach strips, making it possible to enjoy food and drink from the comfort of your sun lounger. If you fancy a break from the sun, the adjoining promenade provides ample distractions!

Light on reading material? The promenade features a fascinating timeline of Fuengirola’s rich history.

2. Discover the lively harbour

Fuengirola started out as a tiny fishing village and there’s no better place to explore its humble beginnings than its busy modern-day harbour. On one side of the harbour you will find the traditional fishing port, where you can see the fishermen bring in the catch of the day. On the other side is a buzzing hub of leisure activities – from boat charters and fishing trips to dolphin watching and speed boat hire.

Ready to drop anchor? The harbour also offers a good range of cafes and restaurants – and make sure to come back at night when they take on a life of their own!

3. Climb the hill to Sohail castle

Fancy a culture hit? On the road west out of the town is the restored but still impressive Castillo de Sohail, a tenth-century fortress built to defend against piracy. It’s a place steeped in history and the picturesque views from the battlements are worth the journey alone!

A musical reprieve: A musical reprieve: Concerts featuring international and summer names are held during the summer months.

4. Explore the Roman villa

They came, they saw, they… sunbathed. The extensive Finca El Secretario was in use from the first to the fifth century, and excavations have revealed mosaic floors and the remnants of the villa’s bathhouse. If anyone knew how to relax it was the Romans…

Make an offering to the of love, fertility and prosperity: Visit the statue of the Roman goddess Venus, later dubbed the “Venus de Fuengirola”, now on display in the Museo de la Historia.

5. Experence Bioparc Fuengirol

This world-famous zoo is definitely one of the best things to do in Fuengirola. As soon as you step foot in the park, you are transported to a different continent. Visitors can traverse tropical rainforests, stroll along sandy Nile shores and walk amongst free-roaming lemurs on their make-believe Madagascan island.Bioparc Fuengirola is an experience like no other, and with an emphasis on conservation, your money goes to supporting a great cause.

Get your Attenborough on: be sure to go on one of the daily tours, a must for all budding naturalists

6. Lose yourself hiking

Fuengirola is backed by a rolling coastal mountain range and its many trails are a hiker’s paradise. The picturesque Sierra de Mijas looms over Fuengirola’s harbour and few can resist the urge to climb its peak. Those who take on the challenge are rewarded with some of the best views of the Costa del Sol. There are more trails then you can shake a stick at, so pick up a map in town and lose yourself (but not literally) in the abundant pine forests.

Prefer two wheels? There are also plenty of cycling routes in and around the town, including a new wooden coastal path that connects Fuengirola with towns farther north.

7. Go golfing

Anyone for golf? This part of the Costa del Sol has an abundance of golf courses for amateurs and pros alike. Many of the courses allow visitors to pay and play, so it couldn’t be easier to turn up and tee off. There’s nothing better than a leisurely game of golf while taking in the sweeping mountains and gorgeous coastline of this part of Spain. So now you know what to do in Fuengirola, what are you waiting for!?

With the kids? Take them to Fuengirola’s amazing adventure golf course! Fun guaranteed!

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