The town of Fuengirola is located in the Malaga province of Andalucia in southern Spain. It is approximately twenty kilometres from Malaga airport and is situated between the coastal resorts of Benalmadena and Mijas Costa.
Fuengirola is often misrepresented in the UK press, mainly due to its rather tainted past as a favoured resort for the infamous British larger louts (originating from the 1970´s). Nowadays, the resort is still very popular with British tourists and even more so with Spaniards, who dominate the resort in the busy months of July and August, however the profile has changed dramatically and more and more families and pensioners chose to both holiday and live in this area.
If you are looking for an inexpensive yet cosmopolitan place to live in Spain, then Fuengirola may well be the ideal place for you.
With an annual average temperature of 20ºC, the pleasant, warm and very sunny Fuengirola climate is a major attraction for many people. Summers are long and winters are short and there are very few days a year that you cannot make the most of outdoor living.
The town’s eight-kilometer stretch of sandy beach has been awarded the Blue Flag distinction, granted by the European Union, for the magnificent quality of its sea and its sand. An impressive promenade runs the length of the beach.
Fuengirola is also home to over 350.000m2 of public green zones and landscaped areas. Children’s play parks are scattered all around the town, encouraging the wonderful outdoor living and integration of many nationalities … how better do children learn to interact with others than by playing!
Not only does Fuengirola boast a regular bus service that connects the town to many destinations, it also enjoys an efficient train service that runs from Fuengirola centre to Malaga Capital. Further details of the transport services can be found on Tourist Information website : here.
Bars, restaurants, take away outlets are in abundance in Fuengirola. The café culture is very much alive in this wonderful town. Old and young can be seen relaxing, chatting, partying or simply watching the world go by on the many terraces scattered throughout the maze of back streets and seafront promenades. I do believe that, if you really wanted to, you could eat in a different bar /restaurant every night of the year without having to go into the same place twice. Whether you are looking for traditional tapas bars, international dishes or a specific cuisine, you are almost certain to find one, if not more, in Fuengirola. Do not forget to taste the famous Malaga chiringuitos (beach bars) … and of course Malaga’s infamous “espeto de sardinas” (sardines cooked over burning wood in a fishing boat!)
Having lived in many parts of Spain and the Spanish islands over the past twenty years, this is the area we have chosen to make our home. Our family home! If you have any questions you would like to ask, please feel free to contact me.
PS. We can meet here for a coffee and a chat …
Discover Fuengirola´s famous outdoor market here.
By Lisa Sadleir
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