Top attractions in Fuengirola
7 Things to Do in Fuengirola
A bustling town at the southern tip of Spain, Fuengirola is known for its beautiful beaches and Mediterranean climate. But visiting Fuengirola is more than an indulgent vacation, with origins in Phoenician, Roman, and Arabic civilizations, Fuengirola also offers a unique historic experience.
1. Bioparc Fuengirola
The nature lover will be pleased to know the Bioparc Fuengirola strives to be a new kind of zoo. Animals share side-by-side habitats with one another and the visitor is invited into a rather documentary experience of natural animal habitation. The park opens everyday at 10 am, so make a day of it!
2. Carvajal Beach
Accessible by train and the A7, the Carvajal Beach is a great family activity. There are plenty of restaurants and bars that line the shore that will cater to the needs of the whole family.
3. Sohail Castle
Though the castle has been destroyed and rebuilt countless times, it remains a symbol of the city of Fuengirola. Today there is a museum for visitors and Sohail Castle often hosts festivals and concerts in the summer.
4. Plaza Constitucion
A glamorous spot, perfect for people watching and getting a little shopping done, the Plaza Constitucion is a lively part of Fuengirola. If you're in the mood for a bite or a beer, poke around a side street, there are plenty of great restaurants in the vicinity.
5. Finca Del Secretario
Roman history buffs will delight, Finca Del Secretario, or Secretary's Estate in English, is a Roman enclave uncovered by archaeologists in the seventies. Visitors can see parts of a salt factory, thermal baths, and Roman pottery.
6. La Plaza de los Chinorros
Window shoppers and those who like to wander will enjoy La Plaza de los Chinorros. A great spot to nibble on some tapas, the plaza is full of locals and tourists alike. Perfect for some relaxed people watching.
7. Go on a Gibraltar Sightseeing tour
A visit to Gibraltar makes an epic daytrip from Fuengirola. The tour stops at St. Michael's cave, the walled inner city and the famous Rock of Gibraltar itself. You may even get to enjoy stunning views of the Iberian Peninsula with semi-wild macaque monkeys, who are native to the region.
Planning Your Visit
When to go?
Summer is considered to be the best time to visit Fuengirola. Most days in June are sunny for over ten hours! You'll also find that the water temperature is a comfortable 68 degrees. August is quite warm, though the heat is usually most intense for a short period of time in the middle of the day.
Where to stay?
The Plaza de los Chinorros is a fun playground to stay on if you want to be close to restaurants and bars within the city. Of course, a beachfront hotel is tempting too. We recommend staying on Carvajal Beach where there are high rise buildings that offer luxury amenities and waterfront views.
How to get around?
Transportation in Fuengirola comes in many shapes and sizes. From the Malaga airport the easiest way to get to Fuengirola is to take the train. Otherwise, you also have taxis and the option to rent a car. There is also a network of trains and buses within the city.
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- Best time to visit
- Spring and Fall are best to avoid the hotter days of summer and the crowds. Around Christmas the town turns up the charm by decorating the main square with lights and ornaments.
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What people are saying about Fuengirola
The trip started on time for me. However, for the other participants, we had to wait for some time. That is understandable though. The guide (Mr. Alex) was cool and shared good enough information with us. The place as such, is just amazing. It is so different from the places I have visited so far. And the group of participants made it more interesting. It is not at all dangerous and is safe even for children, though extra care is to be taken while climbing the stairs. so much of fresh air, spectacular views and an amazing lunch in the end, made this trip very memorable. You are not allowed to smoke on the trip, which is good. No trash allowed. Bring water and something to eat, that's useful.
It's right in the heart of Fuengirola. If you are visiting Malaga or Torremolinos, you can use the train to reach there. It's at a walking distance from the Fuengirola train station. This biopark has a good variety of animals and they also conduct a short live exhibition of the animals, which is quite cool. Though I was sad to see the animals in the cage, I think the overall experience depends on person to person. The park, as a concept deserve full stars, but in the end, those animals don't deserve to be there. There place is in the jungle.
What an amazing time we had here! So many different animals and really up close! Was so impressed and the guide who took us through the lemurs was fab we were the only English people On the tour but she had no problem translating for us! 100% recommend any one who visits Fuengirola to check out this place
Great guide in Gibraltar who covered a lot of information concise manner and informative manner. Caves were amazing! Only negative comment is the number of stops and time it took to get from Malaga to Gibraltar but it this was noted in advance so no surprise. Bus was very comfortable.
Very informative trip. Learned a lot of things about Gibraltar and the surrounding area. Our guide was entertaining and personable. The trip was comfortable and long. Maybe too many pick-up and drop-off points for those starting from Málaga.