Fuengirola has been a popular tourist destination since the 1960s and although once a small fishing village most of its income now comes from tourism. It is most famous for its seven kilometre (5 mile) stretch of soft sandy beaches, beginning at the Sohail Castle to the west and ending at Torreblanca to the east. The wide promenade, the Paseo Maritimo Rey de España, runs the entire length and is popular with joggers and walkers of all ages. Front line hotels, apartment blocks, bars and numerous restaurants line the seafront promenade. The port still has a working fishing fleet, with the daily catch sold in the fish market nearby and available to sample in many of the chiringuitos (beach bars). A vibrant nightlife appeals to the younger crowd whilst the advent of contemporary tapas bars attracts those looking for a little bit of foodie heaven.
The Parque de Poniente, covering an area of over 16,000 square metres, is one of the most recent green spaces in Fuengirola. Its 1.5-kilometre stretch of bike path connects it to Sohail Castle, the site of an early Phoenician settlement that was later occupied by the Romans.
Although busy during the summer months, out of season Fuengirola is much quieter and has a more relaxing atmosphere. There are several large shopping complexes, indoor markets as well as two weekly outdoor markets, the one on Tuesday renowned as the biggest open air market on the Costa del Sol. A family friendly resort, Fuengirola benefits from nearby waterparks, theme parks and sea life centres whilst golf lovers are catered for at Mijas Golf Course, just two miles away.
This picturesque resort is popular with the British and people from other Northern European countries looking for a warmer year round climate. There is a thriving ex-pat community and English is widely spoken, so it is no wonder that many of the people who come here on holiday decide to stay and purchase a property.