Many tourists choose Fuengirola every year; we will not only discover the charms of this city, but also places of interest, monuments and things to do in Fuengirola. If you are planning to visit, do not miss our article.
- 1. Read curiosities about Fuengirola
- 2. Walk around Fuengirola
- 3. Bathe in all its beaches
- 4. Visit a Roman site
- 5. Taste food from different countries
- 6. Enjoy the fair and the traditions of Fuengirola
- 7. Find a bargain at the Fuengirola Market
- 8. Visit the History Museum of Fuengirola
- 9. Take a selfie next to an ancient gun
- 10. Attend a concert
- 11. Visit a zoo at night
- 12. Visit the Church of Fuengirola
- 13. Walk through the Natural Park by the river Fuengirola
- 14. Zip line over a river
- 15. Practice yoga in a medieval castle
- 16. Have a drink at the Port of Fuengirola
- 17. Spotting dolphins in the open sea
- 18. Travel by boat from Fuengirola to Benalmadena
- 19. Take a bike ride along the Paseo Marítimo
- 20. Visit the Miramar Shopping Center
- 21. Take the kids to Sould Park
- 22. More things to do in Fuengirola
Read curiosities about Fuengirola
The first thing is know about the place. There is nothing better for that than to read some facts about Fuengirola What about reading the history of the city? Let’s generate interest before visiting some of its monuments and places, shall we?
Fuengirola was founded by the Phoenicians, of which you can learn more in our article about the origin of Malaga.
The old Syalis, was named Suel during the Roman presence. The Romans left monuments and other important remains. After the Muslim conquest it was renamed Sohail, as the castle located in the municipality. This castle was built on Roman ruins next to the mouth of the river.
After the Christian conquest in 1482 the area was depopulated, due to the threat of invasions from North Africa. The population settled in Mijas until it was gradually moved back to the coast, although not in the Phoenician and Roman settlement, but on the opposite bank of the river.
Walk around Fuengirola
The city is interesting enough to walk around. Enjoy its people, its streets, bars and terraces.
Walking is how you will discover the most charming spots of Fuengirola. Do not be afraid to venture into its streets, this is how you will find the best places in this city.
If you do not know where the old town of Fuengirola is, you can start at Plaza de la Constitucion: https://goo.gl/maps/3Ee8DGPWzRR4ejHx6
Bathe in all its beaches
Fuengirola has 8 kilometres log of beaches that border the municipality. In total there are 7 beaches where you can swim. Some of those beaches are more popular than others, so you can find one that suits your taste.
The most active visitors will find water activities; from renting a hydro-pedal to flying over the sea pulled by a boat. Those who want to enjoy the sun can rent a hammock and enjoy their favourite drink under an umbrella, or simply lie down on the sand.
The quieter areas with natural spaces are in Carvajal and Torremuelle, you will have to take the train if you do not want to walk too much.
Visit a Roman site
You can visit a Roman site while you are walking in a park in Fuengirola.
The visit is free, both the site and the interpretation centre. The children can get a diploma and a gift when they leave the tour.
Visiting both the park and the interpretation centre can take 1 hour.
- The park is open every day from 10.00 to 22.00
- The interpretation centre is closed on Mondays. Its opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in the afternoons it may vary depending on the month.
- For more information and location: https://goo.gl/maps/WPS2be3i8dpUNzh89
Taste food from different countries
If you visit Fuengirola before the summer arrives, you will also find the popular Feria de los Pueblos. This annual event features food and craft stalls from different countries around the world.
The list of countries changes every year, so if you like it you can repeat and always find something new.
Enjoy the fair and the traditions of Fuengirola
Fuengirola Fair is a popular event that takes place at the beginning of October. You can find horse shows, concerts, dances, typical Spanish food and of course a lot of fun.
Every year there is a program of activities that you can find in our blog.
Find a bargain at the Fuengirola Market
In the city of Fuengirola you can find three weekly markets, one on Tuesdays, another on Saturdays and the third on Sundays.
The Tuesday market is one of the largest in Andalusia and you will find all kinds of items among the more than 470 stalls. From fruit and crafts to clothes, nuts and sweets.
In the one that takes place on Saturdays you will find antiques and second hand items.
The one on Sundays takes place on Méndez Núñez street (map) and is the smallest of the three. It has jewellery, handicrafts and many other items.
- The Tuesday and Saturday markets take place in the Fuengirola fair grounds and are organized every week except on fair days or other celebrations.
- Timetable: From 9 to 2 pm.
Visit the History Museum of Fuengirola
In addition to offering a sample of the remains found in the municipality of Fuengirola, this museum offers different exhibitions every year.
There are remains of a large part of Fuengirola’s history, from the Romans to the arrival of the first settlers. You can read more about the history of the Romans in Malaga in our blog.
- It is located in Plaza de España. (Map)
- Opening hours: From 10 am to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm.
- Closed on Mondays.
Take a selfie next to an ancient gun
Sohail Castle dates from the 11th century and is located on a small hill in front of the coast, next to the mouth of the Fuengirola River. You can take a selfie next to one of its old guns and with the sea in the background. It will be an unforgettable photograph.
The beach under its walls is called by the same name as the castle.
- Location: Tartesos Street (Map)
- Opening hours: From 10.00 am to 2.00 pm – Weekends from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm
- Closed on Mondays.
Attend a concert
If you like music and you like the idea of going to concerts, you might be interested in visiting Fuengirola between May and September.
Great artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Sting or the Beach Boys have come to Sohail Castle in Fuengirola to perform open-air concerts.
If you are tempted by this, you can visit our article about concerts in Fuengirola to find out about the ones that will take place.
Visit a zoo at night
If you travel with children or if you want to spend a great day visiting animals, you can go to the zoo in Fuengirola.
Here the animals live in a recreation of their natural environment. You will be able to find a wide variety of species; although if you want to know more, the best way is to visit our article dedicated to this place.
The zoo is open during the summer until 11pm, so it is possible to visit it at night.
Visit the Church of Fuengirola
The Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario is the most important in Fuengirola; all kinds of liturgical events are celebrated there and it is especially active during Holy Week.
The church’s façade is of baroque style, although its construction dates back to 1940.
The visitors value it very positively and highlight the beauty of its interior and its central location in the city of Fuengirola.
Location: Plaza de la Constitución, 19 (Map)
Walk through the Natural Park by the river Fuengirola
Next to the river Fuengirola there is a natural park where you can do sport, walk or even have a picnic.
There are ping-pong tables and a popular playground called Parque de Poniente.
Its location near Sohail Castle, the beach and the town centre, makes it an exceptional place to go for a walk in Fuengirola.
Zip line over a river
This zip line, located 18 meters high, crosses the river in a 140 meters route. A great experience that you will keep in your memory of the day you visited Fuengirola.
There are also other activities that you can do in this place, such as climbing a wall, cycling or enjoying water activities. Being at the mouth of the river, you can complement your visit with a day at the beach.
- The opening hours are from 6 pm to 10 pm.
- Location, photos and opinions: https://goo.gl/maps/CUnjztt2HpcguWCfA
Practice yoga in a medieval castle
Are you interested in the practice of yoga? Then you might find it interesting to do it in a magical setting like Sohail Castle, an 11th century castle located on a hillside overlooking the sea.
With the sea in the background and the sound of the waves, you can practice Yoga and enjoy other activities in a privileged place in the Mediterranean.
- This year the dates are: 11, 12 and 13 September.
- More information: https://www.facebook.com/festivalyogacastillo
Have a drink at the Port of Fuengirola
If you like to relax in a quiet atmosphere, you can visit the Port of Fuengirola. There are many boats, yachts and an ideal environment to relax at sunset.
This port has its origin in the middle of the 19th century. Although it was built as a commercial port, it is now a sports and fishing port.
You can end the afternoon walking along the promenade or enjoying a good meal in one of the restaurants in the area.
Spotting dolphins in the open sea
From Fuengirola port you can take a boat for spotting dolphins. You can record them on video or take photographs.
You can find out more details from the official website: http://alboranexplorer.com/
Travel by boat from Fuengirola to Benalmadena
You can spend a day in Benalmadena and then return by boat to Fuengirola. It is a quiet and recommendable route in which there is also the possibility of sighting dolphins.
If you choose this, then I recommend you reading our article about things to do in Benalmadena.
Take a bike ride along the Paseo Marítimo
The promenade of Fuengirola is not only recommended during the summer, during the winter you can smell the sea breeze caused by the waves breaking against the shore.
The promenade has a bicycle lane and an area for skating, it is a luxury that you can enjoy at any time of the year.
If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one or just go for a walk. Dare to walk it from the beginning to the end?
The night is especially beautiful from this place, highly recommended.
Visit the Miramar Shopping Center
This mall has very good opinions from its visitors. It has a Carrefour supermarket inside. There are also numerous shops and other activities for children; it is very well located and easily accessible.
Nearby is Sohail Castle, a playground for children, the river mouth and one of the best skateparks in Europe.
Take the kids to Sould Park
If you travel with children, Malaga Sould Park is a leisure park where they will have a great time. There are numerous attractions for the enjoyment of kids.
The available attractions are:
- Elastic beds.
- Mini scalextric.
- Free fall tower.
- Duck fishing and shooting gallery.
- Balloon Carousel.
- Boats and Train Safari.
It has good opinions from visitors, highlighting the cleanliness of the place and the assistance of staff.
- Opening hours: 11.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
- Location: Paseo Marítimo Rey de España en Fuengirola (Map)
More things to do in Fuengirola
I am sure many of you will have more ideas and suggestions about what can be done in Fuengirola, whether in summer or winter.
This list will be updated if the article is popular. I will also be adding places to park your car, in case you are visiting Fuengirola from another area of the Costa del Sol.
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