The best things to do in Fuengirola are mostly geared towards families with kids. Besides being blessed with a string of wide and sandy beaches along its 7-km-long coastline, there’s a waterpark and a mini amusement park around town for sharing some fun times with the little ones. 

    The beaches and imposing landmarks, like Sohail Castle, are conveniently connected by Paseo Maritimo, a scenic ocean-facing promenade. Some popular sections of the beach get crowded in the summer, but head inland for plenty of exciting sights in Fuengirola.

    What are the best things to do in Fuengirola?


    Castillo Sohail

    Imposing hilltop castle by the sea

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    You can enjoy multiple attractions in your single visit to this 10th-century castle. There’s the castle itself (free entry), with its majestic striking walls and towers from where you can take in the Mediterranean seascape. Then there’s beach below that’s basically named after it, as well as an adjoining multipurpose venue where open-air concerts are regularly held. Between this hilltop castle and the beach, there’s a riverside recreational area with swan duck pedal boats before the scenic suspended bridge that connects the promenades between Playa de Castillo and Santa Amalia. 

    Locatie: Calle Tartesos, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +34 (0)952 4674 57


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    Paseo Maritimo

    Fuengirola’s beautiful beachfront promenade

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    This usually uncrowded beach promenade separates Fuengirola’s sandy coast and the seaside town’s main beach road. The brick-tiled Paseo Maritimo is one of the longest promenades in Spain. It spans 7km along most of the town’s coastline, with the Mediterranean seascapes constantly in view. Lined with shady palms and with a dedicated cycling lane in the middle, you can easily get to any section of beach, beach club, bar or restaurant along the strip. 

    Locatie: Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: 24 hours


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    Playa San Francisco

    Or any other beach along Fuengirola’s coast

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    Fuengirola is blessed with several sections of wide and sandy beaches. Each provides ample spots where you can sunbathe under the Andalusian sun and swim in the Mediterranean waves. Right in front of the Castillo Sohail, there’s the namesake beach that’s often not too crowded. Follow along the Paseo Maritimo promenade and you’ll eventually reach the beaches of Santa Amalia, the highly popular San Francisco, Los Boliches and Torreblanca – each offering recreational water sports and parasol-shaded sun loungers, as well as beach bars on the sand.

    Locatie: Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 58, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: 24 hours


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    Bioparc Fuengirola

    Biodiversity from across the globe

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    For an inspiring and educational time out, Bioparc Fuengirola (Fuengirola Zoo) can be a good choice. It has zones that each represent different habitats from around the globe. There’s the Africa zone with its recreated wetlands and a gorilla enclosure called the “valley of Congo”. Stripe-tailed lemurs play around the thickets of the Madagascar zone, and you can enjoy soothing tropical birdsongs from bulbuls and starlings in their Southeast Asian enclosures. The Indo Pacific zone features Komodo dragon exhibits with Khmer temple-inspired backdrops. Tickets are around €20 for adults.

    Locatie: Calle Camilo José Cela, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: Monday – Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm (until 11 pm in the summer)

    Telefoonnummer: +34 (0)952 6663 01


    Aquamijas Water Park

    Compact but full of family fun

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    Although this might not be the biggest waterpark you’ll find in Spain’s Costa del Sol region, it’s good if you’re a family looking to spend some time away from the beach. Most of its pools are surrounded by plenty of free sun loungers from where you can watch over the kids. The few slides on offer include the Crazy Loop and the labyrinthine Laberinto de Toboganes which winds through many curves before you splash into the pool. The Río Bravo lazy river is good for all. Tickets are around €30 for adults. 

    Locatie: Autovía del Mediterráneo, Km. 208, Las Lagunas de Mijas, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: (April – September) Daily from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +34 (0)952 4604 04


    Sould Park Fuengirola

    A fun and cheerful playground

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    This mini amusement park offers rides and games that will keep younger kids happily busy for hours. They use a stored-value card system that you can top-up anytime (from €10, with each ride worth a €1). There are standard and bungee trampolines, arcade games, merry-go-rounds, and even bumper cars. Some of the arcade games let you win tokens that you can exchange for prizes. They open well into the evening, and can be a great way to spend the night with kids, before heading back to the hotel. 

    Locatie: Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 2, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: Wednesday – Friday from 11.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday – Sunday from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm, Monday – Tuesday from 5 pm to 9 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +34 (0)900 373 189


    Fuengirola Street Market

    Varied items to choose from

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    To enjoy a visit to a Spanish flea market, head down to Calle Méndez Núñez on a Tuesday or Sunday morning. It’s like any other typical Spanish town market, but with plenty for visitors to see and sample. Various stall owners set up their tents in a neat row, showcasing a good variety: clothing, woven basketries, colourful fruits (from around €2 for a kilogram of strawberries) and plenty of souvenir items. As an open-air market that’s literally set up in the middle of the street and parking lot, it can get quite balmy in the summer.

    Locatie: Calle Méndez Núñez, 9, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: Tuesday and Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm


    Salon Varietés Theatre

    From the works of Monty Python to Garry Marshall

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    As Fuengirola’s English theatre, the Salon Varietés has been showing various comedies and plays for decades. You can relive a variety of classic small screen comedy sketches and dramas, brought live onto the stage by a professional team of performers who dance and sing beautifully. Plays range from Monty Python’s Spamalot to Gary Marshall’s Wrong Turn at Lungfish. Usually, they don’t have any show schedules in the summer months (June – August), but they normally keep their theatre bar open. 

    Locatie: Calle Emancipación, 30, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain

    Openingstijden: Daily from 10.30 am to 11 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +34 (0)952 4745 42


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    Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola

    Ice-cold beer with harbour views

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    The marina of Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola is a great spot to chill out with plenty of bars to choose from. There’s Waterfont Bar & Grill and Coco’s at The Marina on the southern end near the docked yachts, and around the marina’s mini piazza with its four towers, there are the White Rose and Shaggy’s. If you come on a weekend afternoon during the summer months, you’ll usually see a few street musicians performing in the square. White Rose has a large terrace out front where you can sit back with a cold lager. 

    Locatie: Puerto Deportivo Fuengirola, Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain


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