Fuengirola in the heart of the Costa del Sol. From a humble fishing village to an exemplary city dedicated to tourism without losing its charm.
Where is Fuengirola located?
Fuengirola is located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, 33 km from Malaga capital with a population of 80.309 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 11 km square.
Origin of the name Fuengirola
- Phoenician era: Syalis
- Roman Period: Suel
- Muslim era: Sohail or Suhayl
- XV century: Font-Jirona
Where to park in Fuengirola?
Fuengirola has a lot of parking options. Along its 8 km of promenade there is blue zone parking that is paid during certain hours. In the following streets you find white zone that is free of charge. In general it is not difficult to park. Only in the summer months it is a little more difficult, but in case of extreme difficulty there are always the fairground area and the Miramar area where there are many parking slots.
Curiosities of Fuengirola
In 1808 The Battle of Fuengirola was fought during the Peninsular War.
Monuments and places of interest in Fuengirola
- Sohail Castle: Next to the Fuengirola river is the fortress built in 956 on some Roman ruins. The fortress was expanded during the XII-XV centuries becoming a large castle. In 1810 the Battle of Fuengirola took place, which caused the partial destruction of the Castle. Already at the end of the 20th century the castle was restored as we know it today.
- Museo Municipal: It is located next to the Town Hall in the center. Good place to discover Fuengirola from the Phoenicians era to the present day. It houses a large number of historical objects found in the Fuengirola area such as the Roman sculpture <Venus de Fuengirola>.
- Finca Romana del Secretario (Los Boliches): The Roman site of Fuengirola has the remains of an old salting factory, a pottery workshop and some Roman baths. Thanks to the Interpretation Center of the Secretary’s Estate, you can see a recreation of the Roman Estate.
- Mosque Fuengirola: Also known as “Suhail Islamic Cultural Center”, it was effectively inaugurated in December 1992 (1413 Hegira) and officially in October 1993 (11414 Hegira). The idea of creating a Mosque in Fuengirola that would bring together all the Muslims residing on the Costa del Sol and in the neighboring provinces came from the Hon. Mr. Mohamed Bashir Kurdi. Little by little, this idea was gaining adherents, obtaining the support of prominent Islamic personalities and local politicians who understood the importance of creating a mosque that would help Muslims preserve their identity in total harmony with the process of their integration into their society. welcome, and that it would be a bridge between the different cultures and religions, so that, through constructive dialogue, we could reach a better understanding, thus achieving a better world.
- Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario
- Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen
- Church Nuestra Señora del Carmen y Santa Fe
- Salón Varietes: The only english speaking theatre at the Costa del Sol, with dozens of shows every season such as musicals, theatre plays and concerts.
- Fountain of Nations (Los Boliches): Monument dedicated to the 132 different nationalities that coexist in Fuengirola, the size of the flags represent the proportion of inhabitants of that country.
- Sculpture of Virgen del Carmen (Los Boliches): Monument to the patron saint of Los Boliches, along with a lovely square facing the sea.
- Roman Baths (Torreblanca)
- Bioparc Fuengirola: It is an animal park dedicated to the conservation of species recreating their habitat and environment. In this park you can enjoy a zoo-immersion of around 200 species.
- Marenostrum Fuengirola: Located next to the Sohail Castle beach, it is a set of outdoor shows during the spring and summer months. This event has one of the most exclusive stages in Spain by the sea and in front of the Castle, which has attracted Fuengirola to great international and national artists.
- Las Presas Trail (Torreblanca): From the promenade you can access a small river under the bridge that takes you to the Parque de Europa in Torreblanca.
History of Fuengirola
This town was founded by the Phoenicians, although it is believed through the writings of Hecateo in 500 BC by an Iberian tribe called Bastetanos where they mention Syalis.
In Roman times it began to be called Suel, the Romans left their mark on Fuengirola through the remains such as the Finca del Secretario, baths, and fish salting factories that we can find close to the Sohail Castle.
In the 5th century the area is occupied by vandals. Then there is a period when there is not much information, it is believed that the area was depopulated due to a tsunami or continuous piracy attacks.
Events and festivities in Fuengirola
January 5: Three Kings Parade, starting around seven in the afternoon, dozens of decorated trucks crossing Fuengirola center on the main road, distributing tons of candy.
End of April: International People’s Fair, in the fairground dozens of pavilions become countries for 5-6 days. Each country offers its most typical foods and traditions. In general, on May 1 in the morning, a parade of all the participating countries goes from the town hall to the venue.
Summer: Film Festival on the beach.
June 24, Noche de San Juan: the night of June 23 is celebrated with barbecues and “moragas” on the beaches of Fuengirola.
July: Noche Viva, this event goes on all around the town center, where all shops open til late with great discounts, street musicians play on each corner, concerts on the main squares, children activities.
Week of July 16: Los Boliches Fair, patron saint festivities in honor of the Virgen del Carmen.
October 6 to 12: Fuengirola Fair and in honor of the Virgen del Rosario, patron saint of the city. On the fairground, the pavilions become a fair booth offering local cuisine with traditional music. During the day you can enjoy the floats and horse carriages.
December: Children’s Medieval Festival, the center of Fuengirola goes back in time with activities, theaters and classic children’s games of a lifetime.
Markets in Fuengirola
- Tuesday at the fairground: In the morning between 9:00 and 14:00. Sale of clothes, shoes, fruits, vegetables, sheets, etc.
- Saturday at the fairground: In the morning between 9:00 and 14:00. Second Hand articles..
- Sunday: Market in the Doña Sofía Park – Next to the Mosque
Gastronomy of Fuengirola
- Fuengirola cakes
- Fried fish
- Fideos a la banda
- Malaga salad