Fuengirola

Fuengirola is a bustling town located in the Costa del Sol Occidental, 25 kilometres west of Málaga. It boasts over 8 km of beautiful sandy beaches and it has a medieval, Moorish fortress at the far west of the municipality, perched on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Today, Fuengirola is one of the most popular holiday destinations and includes a high concentration of British ex-pats as well as large Scandinavian communities who have made this area of the coast, their home. There are international schools in the area and as well as Scandinavian school located within their communities, including Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish private schools where children are taught in their respective language. 

HISTORY

Fuengirola, similar to its neighbouring municipalities, has its origins in Phoenician, Roman and Arab civilisations. The town is nestled at foothills of the Mijas mountain range along the Mediterranean Sea. South-west stands the Sohail Castle, with remains of an early Phoenician settlement, that was later occupied by the Romans. This particular area was named Suel during the Roman occupation. The inscription on the pedestal of a statue found near the castle mentions Suel as being a Roman “municipium”. 

In 1961 Roman baths were discovered near the remains of a Roma villa. Two sculptures were found at this villa, one of them known as the Venus of Fuengirola, exposed in the town’s museum. In 1984 a series of architectural components from the Roman era were discovered in Los Boliches, (a quarter in Fuengirola). These were collected to and now are part of the temple’s entrance, on the promenade in Los Boliches.

The Sohail Castle was built by Abd-ar-Rahman III in the mid-10th century. The area in and around the castle became a fairly large settlement, which included farmland and small villages. Most of the surrounding area seems to have been used as pasture for the Moorish rulers’ camels. 

In the early Middle Ages, the town was set on fire and its inhabitants fled to Mijas, the neighbouring municipality to the west, and it was left to disintegrate. By 1485, only the fortress remained which was taken over by the Christian Monarchs in the final stage of the Reconquista. They attempted to re-inhabit the area without success and by 1511 it became officially registered as uninhabited. 

On October 15, 1810, during the Peninsular War, the Battle of Fuengirola took place. Over 200 Polish soldiers of the Duchy of Warsaw defeated a mixed British-Spanish settlement of approximately 3000 soldiers under the command of Lord Blayney. 

It was not until May 1841, that Fuengirola officially gained its independence from Mijas. For over a century, Fuengirola’s main economic activities were fishing and agriculture. It remained a fisherman’s village until the mid-20th century, when the tourism industry came into full force, transforming Fuengirola from a quaint whitewashed village to a bustling, high-rise coastal town. 

In the 1960s Fuengirola started to become a leading tourist centre. It witnessed a huge construction boom, developing the town into a vibrant coastal entertainment hub with restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs and other facilities all geared to entertain its visitors looking for a good time by the sea in the sun. Today Fuengirola has broad beaches along a promenade extending east and west from the town, that includes smaller adjacent villages.

Fuengirola is home to a large number of foreign communities. Over 30% of its inhabitants come from other countries, mainly Northern Europeans including England, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Norwegians, Danish and the Swedish amongst others. It also has a large community of Moroccans and Argentinians. 

Fuengirola has a zoo, the Bioparc Fuengirola, located smack in the centre of town. It features a tropical forest with some of the most spectacular birds. The zoo specialises in breeding endangered species including chimpanzees. It offers a variety of different habitats to accommodate a wide range of animals and species. 

Fuengirola has a number of historical sites and open parks. The old port is still used by the local Spanish fisherman. The Sohail Castle, remained an abandoned ruin until renovations began in 1995. In 2000 the interior of the castle was completely renovated. It now hosts festivals and concerts throughout the summer, attracting some of the world’s biggest names in the entertainment and music industry. 

RESTAURANTS

Palangreros

Calle Palangreros, 22, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 586 957

Bistro Michel

Edificio Cambural, Calle Orquídea, 3, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 660 766


Munchies Smokehouse and Bar

Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 43, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 638 353

Patagonia Steakhouse

Calle San Francisco, 1, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 609 315 649

La Marmita

Calle Pedrosa, 2, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 479 622

Restaurante Kukko

Av. de los Boliches, 4, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 646 11 12 03

Holger Danske

Calle Sta. Rosa, 2, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 583 809

Little Sweden

Calle Pintor Nogales, 3, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 660 453 817

Restaurante Lucia

Calle Maestra Ángeles Aspiazu, 21, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 582 738

Ku’Damm Berlin

Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 40, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga

+34 952 472 864

GOLF

Mijas Golf Club Los Lagos                                         Mijas Golf Los Olivos

Golf Torrequebrada                                                    Sunshine Golf

Calanova Golf Club                                                    Santana Golf

Chaparral Golf Club                                                   La Cala Golf

Cerrado Del Aguila Golf and Resort

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

Svenska Skolan                                                         Benalmadena International College

St Anthony’s College, Mijas-Costa                            The British College Benalmadena

Suomalainen koulu                                                    Bifrostskolen

Colegio Noruego Costa del Sol

HEALTHCARE

Vithas Xanit Fuengirola                                             Centro Médico Fuengirola

Quirónsalud Medical Center Fuengirola                    Scandinavian Clinic 

Skadestue                                                                 Boris International Medical Clinic

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