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Fuengirola is large town and municipality only 20 mins from the airport. The train and bus services provide easy access to other resorts and places of interest in Malaga province. At this time Fuengirola is the terminus of the coastal railway line, however there are talks going ahead now with a view to extending the line in the direction of Marbella, which will then make Fuengirola the true heart of the western Costa del Sol.
There are five main suburbs of Fuengirola which are in themselves small villages with many amenities supporting the residential surroundings these are Los Boliches, Torreblanca , Carvajal, El Boquetillo and Los Pacos.
The Battle of Fuengirola took place in on October 15, 1810 during the peninsular wars, when a group of 200 Polish soldiers defeated a British / Spanish force of over 3000 men.
Since the 1960’s when this small fishing village became a tourist resort it has grown and developed into one of the major tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol. It has a vibrant centre made up of a shopping centre, bars, restaurants and many hotels and self-catering apartments. There is the Myramar centre, a large modern shopping centre along with a retail park on the outskirts of the town.
Fuengirola boasts over 8km of blue flag beaches, flanked by the now widened and landscaped fabulous Paseo Maritimo promenade (Paseo Maritimo), enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, to promenade and people watch.
As a traditional fishing village there is still a healthy fishing industry located in the old port, allowing the restaurants to serve a variety of fresh fish dishes. The main restaurant area in the town is known affectionately as “Fish Alley” as a result of this.
The Bioparc or Zoo is famous for its series of natural habitat enclosures for a variety of animals many of which are successfully bred in the Bioparc.
An old Moorish castle named Sohail Castle dates to the 10th century and stands proudly overlooking the western promenade. Since its renovation it now hosts many festivals and concerts throughout the year.
There is also a history museum in Spain Square, or Plaza de Espana, this museum focuses on two aspects that of the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic influences, the other is about the traditional fishing and crafts of the area.
The Feria ground, near to the centre of the town, is home to many cultural events and of course the famous Fuengirola open market, held weekly alongside the second-hand market where almost any item can be found, not always in the best state of repair. Another attraction is the large Aquapark a favourite with all children.
Los Boliches, a suburb at the east side of Fuengirola, still retains the old traditional architecture where the winding narrow streets and traditional whitewashed houses are a reminder of the way life used to be.
There is a total of approximately 75,000 permanent residents which can increase many fold in the summer months. Of the residents almost 30% are foreigners, made up mostly of Europeans, but there are also many Spanish tourists. In addition, there are many visitors from other continents, so much so that Fuengirola takes on a truly cosmopolitan flavour.
The British community is large enough to support a fully developed programme of activities and local groups. One of which is an amateur theatre group “Salon Varieties”, which you would be hard pressed to believe it is not professional such is the quality of their performances.
The properties in Fuengirola are varied from apartments, stunning penthouses, townhouses traditional and modern to large luxury villas.
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