What once was a modest fishing village on the edge of the Alboran Sea has transformed over centuries to become a vibrant coastal city beloved by beach-goers and foreign holiday-makers. Welcome to Fuengirola on Spain's famous Costa del Sol, a former settlement of Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, and Christians that now claims a population of more than 77,000 residents. Five miles of gorgeous beaches attract even more sun-seekers each summer - and there's no better place to savor the scene than our Fuengirola vacation rentals.
Conveniently situated just 16 miles southwest of Málaga Airport in Spain's southern province of Andalusia, Fuengirola is easily accessed by car, train, bus, or boat. This bustling seaside community sits directly between elegant Marbella to the west and the rich culture of Málaga to the east, offering visitors endless opportunities for leisurely drives, sun-splashed beach days, and thrilling explorations of the greater Costa del Sol.
Blessed with a beautiful natural setting and mild year-round temperatures, our Fuengirola vacation rentals invite visitors to get outside in the plentiful sunshine day after day.
Find your bearings in the Plaza de la Constitución, a central hub for the city's narrow pedestrian lanes, and one that is particularly alluring during Christmas and the celebrations of the annual Fuengirola Fair. Wander through the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario Coronada on the square, or head to the city's southern reaches to explore the Sohail Castle, a stunning local landmark originally constructed by the Moors in the 10th century.
Families with children will delight in a visit to the Bioparc Fuengirola, a small zoo and sanctuary that works to recreate natural habitats for exotic animals. But it seems that all paths in this city lead to the beach, which stretches for five miles between the Sohail Castle in the south and Torreblanca in the north. Take a stroll along the seaside Paseo Maritimo Rey de España (Spanish King Boardwalk) and take your pick of bars, cafes, and recreational outfitters at the beaches of El Ejido, Santa Amalia, San Francisco, Los Boliches, Las Gaviotas, and Torreblanca.
Ever since catching the eye of foreign tourists in the 1960s, Fuengirola has been beloved by beach-goers from Spain, Europe, and beyond. But this city is also ideal for wanderers and day-trippers who want to see a bit more of Spain's famous Costa del Sol.
Indulge your inner art lover with a visit to Pablo Picasso's hometown of Málaga 21 miles east, where you can explore the incredibly preserved Alcazaba fortress and soak in views of the city from Gibralfaro Hill. Nature enthusiasts can venture a bit further east to Nerja, the site of the Nerja Caves at the foot of the Sierra de Almijara with rock formations that date back almost 30,000 years.
Golfers, meanwhile, will be in awe of their options in Marbella 21 miles west, which is home to the largest number of courses in continental Europe - more than a dozen of which are open to the public.
The stunning beauty and excitement of Spain's Costa del Sol await - begin planning your escape to one of our Fuengirola vacation rentals today!
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