While in spring, summer and autumn, you can mostly count on relatively calm seas, warm temperatures and an endless stretch of sandy beach, winter brings some quite different moods to the Costa del Sol.
In this article we are visiting Fuengirola, on the south coast of Spain, and exploring some changes which were made in the last couple of years to the fishing and leisure port in the seaside town.
Puerto Deportivo de Fuengirola:
The port in Fuengirola is a combined working fishing port and leisure marina, with many fishing boats moored in the one part, and luxury yachts moored in the leisure section.
There is a very pleasant walk to be had around the port, alongside the sea wall. Strolling along, one sees the smaller fishing boats and pleasure craft moored along the way.
However, with winter storms getting stronger and the waves more powerful, things began to change.
Winds got stronger.
Finally a couple of years ago a really bad storm hit. The waves crashed over the sea wall and submerged around 40 fishing boats.
It took some time to pull the boats out from the depths, and the officials in charge of the port decided changes needed to be made.
They experimented a little. No one really knows what the concrete blocks were to be used for, shown in the images below.
They finally came up with the ideal solution - extended, floating docking areas for the small boats:
They removed the strange concrete blocks, and put down some asphalt:
While the images were taken prior to the boats moving back, this set up seems to be working well, so far, this winter.
The wintery weather also gives some added tones and color to the port, as we view some fishermen over their colorful nets:
As it is a working port, you can stroll around watching the fishermen repair their nets, or show off the catch of the day:
Or sit and watch the fishing boats coming back from their day of fishing:
Enjoy a stunning sunset over the fishing boats:
Meet a friendly cat, living in the port, living off fresh fish from the fishermen, or another standing on the rocks looking out to sea:
Not to forget the beach of course. After the rain, you can stroll down the narrow streets to the beach:
And in the evening watch a fisherman trying to catch his dinner:
Or just admire the evening sky:
All in all, Fuengirola
a pretty good place to be, whatever the weather! More images of the port can be viewed in the slideshow video above.