Fuengirola delivers an intriguing melting pot of cultures. So it is common to see British, Irish, Nordic and German inhabitants mixing with the local people. In conclusion, a cultural cocktail that is almost unique on the Coast.
While fast-food cafés are visible, their number is more than offset by traditional tapas bars. There are classic beach bars, Irish pubs and many Scandinavian bars and restaurants.
A look inside any one of the removed establishments will also surprise you. The clientele is diverse, with both holidaymakers and locals at ease with one another. This diversity gives the whole city an unusual warmth for such a busy destination.
Accessible, bathed in beautiful sunshine for pretty much 10 months of the year. Affordable and lively, Fuengirola's unassuming reputation belies its undeniable charm. Marbella is easier on the eye and Puerto Banús has a more glamorous nightlife. Fuengirola's everyman appeal is its main strength.
Nowhere is too exclusive or prohibitive. The streets are clean and the people are friendly.
So here you have the ingredients for a pretty fine place in the sun.
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Day-Time Pursuits and Evening Pleasures
In Fuengirola, there is much more on offer, particularly for younger members of the family. The Biopark zoo is a brilliant example of clever design in a tight space.
Surrounded by residential apartments, the zoo is home to a wide selection of species. It also does excellent conservation work and is a perfect activity for the whole family.
Mijas Aquapark is another attraction that offers great fun for all the family. It is open from early June until late September, but try to avoid the weekends at the height of summer. The park has plenty of slides, pools, jacuzzis, and bathing and shaded areas for all ages.
Along the promenade, Fuengirola exhibits a tourist atmosphere. Dotted with gift shops selling beach equipment, magazines, newspapers and ice cream. There are also bars and cafés, pizzerias and all-day breakfast establishments. Fish and seafood restaurants also have their place here.
At the western end of the beach is the imposing Sohail Castle. It affords lovely views over the surrounding bay. It is the venue for summer concerts by top Spanish and international artists. Miramar Shopping Centre is not far from there. A huge mall with a cinema screening original-version films.
Laidback Los Boliches
Los Boliches area, built around the old fishing port. It offers a relaxed atmosphere, narrow streets, traditional inns and quaint country houses. In May, Fuengirola hosts its famous Feria Internacional de los Pueblos. This event invites nations from all over the world to promote their own cultures.
In Fuengirola, there is no one centre for nightlife activities. There are many nightlife venues scattered throughout the town. Cafés, bars and eateries along the promenade are always busy during the summer months. Anyway, they are not a “strip” of bars and clubs to match those found in Puerto Banús orBenalmádena.
Some ideas for a perfect plan in Fuengirola
Instead, Fuengirola is more like Marbella in the sense that there is plenty of choices – spread out.
Apart from the discos and pubs, a night out in Fuengirola can consist of one or more of the following options:
- A moonlit stroll around the castle grounds.
- A film at the Miramar cinema.
- A languid meal in one of the many superb tapas establishments.
- A glass of wine in the lively Plaza de la Constitución.