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Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol in Southern
Spain by Anne Sewell
might have already visited Fuengirola in summer - too many people, burning
summer heat? Time to replan your Spanish holiday!
The ideal time to visit this
vibrant coastal city is during autumn and spring. Mild and pleasant temperatures,
glorious sunshine, and quieter streets and beaches make for a really enjoyable
holiday! You will find people smile just that little bit easier, shopping
and dining are an absolute pleasure, and you can enjoy all the attractions
this city has to offer in comfort.
Wonderful sandy beaches,
relatively empty out of season, stretch along the coast with many restaurants,
bars and chiringuitos (beach cafes) to choose from. Plenty of good shops
including fashion, food, shoes, etc. and some excellent new shopping centres
have opened up on the border of Fuengirola and Mijas.
Fuengirola is very convenient
to Malaga airport - a short drive or train ride away, and is also close
to Marbella and other attractions on the Costa del Sol (also known as the
Costa del Golf for golfing fans!)
Other major attractions
in Fuengirola include:
Right in the middle of town
is an oasis of calm, a world class zoo with wonderful animals in very natural
enclosures. Appropriate regional sounds play as you walk around the various
areas of the zoo. Of particular interest are the Sumatra Tigers, the gorillas,
and also the Lemur enclosure, with many of these fascinating creatures
from Magagascar. This enclosure is open with a tour guide at certain times
of the day - ask when you arrive at the zoo for a close up experience with
magical lemurs. Best time to visit is either early morning (zoo opens at
10 am) or late afternoon.
The Sohail Castle:
On a hilltop, close to the
centre of town is the Sohail Castle. Makes a pleasant stroll (if a bit
uphill), with wonderful sea views from the top.
port of Fuengirola consists of two sections:
A working fishing port where
it is fascinating to watch the fishermen offloading their catches from
the boats - you can also take a pleasant stroll around the port from this
point and look at the many boats moored in the port, and also magnificent
A leisure boat marina, with
many attractive yachts and other boats. In this area are several pubs and
restaurants, and also enjoyable boat trips are on offer, including sailing
boats and glass bottomed boats for viewing the dolphins.
So come and visit Fuengirola
and enjoy our city in the so called "off season"! You won't regret it,
and will have a wonderful holiday!
About the Author - Anne
Sewell is involved in web based accommodation reservations and advertising
in Fuengirola, Spain.