Top attractions 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- 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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Ronda The guide on the coach name was José he speaks 7 languages and flaunt is all, he was very informative about each town we passed through. The journey to Ronda had spectacular views stopping off at a village called Setenil where we was treated as it was a festival, people in local dress, riders & horses and procession. After moving onto Ronda the same festival was in Ronda but with more People and evermore elaborated dress from men & lady’s our first stop was the bullring and going through the history of the bullfights and a walk around the bullring itself. Moving onto the winery where we had some wine tasting from white, Red to sweet sherry. We then see what everyone come to see the Ronda Bridge instead of following everyone else where you only get a limited view we went down to another view point and got great views and some super photos. After we had lunch in a cafeteria up one of the side streets avoiding the Main Street as prices are higher to tourist; a great day.
I took a day trip with Get Your Guide from Malaga to Gibraltar. And we had a very patient, excellent driver and fantastic storytelling local guide (Chris?), which I can highly recommend. He also had a focus on the safety relating to the monkeys. But I do also suggest some changes to the set-tup. We were a small group (8-10 total) of which 4 hadn't read / understood the trip guidance, and showed up without no passport/ID, which delayed us at the border. This could have been avoided, if the driver had checked ID/passport-situation before leaving Malaga. Shouldn't be necessary, but.. 2 from that specific group also had challenges committing to the guide's instructions and were constantly late. This meant that we had to cancel our planned trip to the old city in Gibraltar due to timing. I know it is not Get Your Guide's fault, but yet made me change my way for the next trip (Ronda) - I went on my own.
They were both lovely towns to visit. We enjoyed being free to explore ourselves. I do think there should be details in the half-day your ad that you will be gone 10 hours, not 5! The tour was 5 but 5 hrs of bus riding. No one knew what time we would return. Our guide was multilingual and showed great enthusiasm for the Caves and we learned a lot. Would highly recommend you see the caves as that made the trip! I liked that we got to drive through Torreminos and Malaga a bit as well.
Honestly, It takes too much time checking passports and other documents once onboard by the Morocco authorities, but I guess there isn't another way to do it. Many people on my trip, has to wait long time to have their docs. stamped even when the ferry was at port and many left already like me. Too many persons equals too much time the inspection. On the other hand, the return was okay and they easest the necessary immigration control.
The bus picked us up in Malaga. After a small breakfast we started the walking (a bit later then expected, because of the the long queues). Once you enter the route, you walk on our own, no guide. You already got some info in the bus and it’s very relaxing to be able to walk at your own pace. The bus trip back was quick (maybe because of the nap :) ) and we arrived back in Malaga by 14:45