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.
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.
Here is a view of the castle, sitting up on the hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the Fuengirola River:
Along the way, many chiringuitos are available with their own parasols and beach loungers for hire.
Enjoy a beach fish barbeque, cooked in the traditional Andalucian way - in a fishing boat filled with sand:
Here is a photo of a barbeque which includes the famous graffitti of a local artist in the background:
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.
Many friendly cats live in and around the port, fed regularly by the fishermen:
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!
In winter, usually around February or March, there are often storms causing powerful waves and debris is washed up on the beach.
In the evenings, you will often see local fishermen hoping to catch their dinner:
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
See you on the beach!