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article imageOp-Ed: Sunday travel ― 'Life's a beach' in Fuengirola, Spain Special

By Anne Sewell
Apr 22, 2012 in Travel
Fuengirola - Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol is famous for its 5 km stretch of sandy, well-kept beaches, running from the Sohail Castle all the way through to Torreblanca.
Relatively empty out of season but packed in summer, the beaches curve along the coastline with many restaurants, bars and chiringuitos (beach cafes) to choose from.
A beach promenade (Paseo Maritimo Rey de España) runs the full length, giving opportunities for strolling, jogging, power walking or just for simply walking the dogs in the fresh sea air.
Aerial view of the beach
Aerial view of the beach
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain in summer.
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain in summer.
Starting at the Sohail Castle end of the beach, the Beatriz Palace Hotel and Spa sits in splendour with its own little private stretch of beach. While this hotel is luxurious and thus a tad expensive, there are several hotels along the beachfront to choose from that are suitable for all budgets. A couple of blocks inland from the beach, you will also find affordable and clean hostels.
Beatriz Palace Hotel & Spa  Fuengirola  Spain
Beatriz Palace Hotel & Spa, Fuengirola, Spain
Here is a view of the castle, sitting up on the hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the Fuengirola River:
Sohail Castle  Fuengirola
Sohail Castle, Fuengirola
Along the way, many chiringuitos are available with their own parasols and beach loungers for hire.
Playa el Copo beach and chiringuito (beach cafe)
Playa el Copo beach and chiringuito (beach cafe)
Enjoy a beach fish barbeque, cooked in the traditional Andalucian way - in a fishing boat filled with sand:
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
Here is a photo of a barbeque which includes the famous graffitti of a local artist in the background:
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
Along the way, you will pass the port of Fuengirola, which is a combined traditional fishing port and leisure marina, offering boat cruises, fishing expeditions and many restaurants and bars. The port will be covered in more detail in a future report.
Fisherman displaying his catch in the port of Fuengirola  Spain
Fisherman displaying his catch in the port of Fuengirola, Spain
Many friendly cats live in and around the port, fed regularly by the fishermen:
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
When thinking of the Mediterranean, most people think of sunshine, blue skies and calm waters, but the weather does vary. Sometimes a heavy sea mist rolls in - which doesn't deter people from visiting the beach!
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
In winter, usually around February or March, there are often storms causing powerful waves and debris is washed up on the beach.
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
In the evenings, you will often see local fishermen hoping to catch their dinner:
Beaches of Fuengirola  Spain
Beaches of Fuengirola, Spain
With beaches for all seasons, Fuengirola is a modern seaside town worth visiting. Around a 30-minute drive or train ride from Malaga and the airport, the town is conveniently placed for a seaside vacation or holiday.
See you on the beach!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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