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Fuengirola is one of the leading tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol and has been so since the 1960′s. Not only does this large town receive a huge number of foreign tourists every year, but also many northern Europeans have chosen to settle permanently in this wonderful place on the Mediterranean coast.
The municipality has grown to almost completely encompass its boundaries with neighbouring Benalmádena to the west and Mijas to the north, and has grown to become quite a metropolitan area offering all imaginable facilities. Fuengirola holds an almost infinite provision of services for visitors and locals, whilst the centre district offers a selection of shops and restaurants many European cities might envy.
The long and popular promenade must surely be described as one of the Mediterranean’s most impressive and is visited by millions of people every year. Some of the coast’s finest beaches here add to make for a complete coastal experience. Should the sun be too hot in summer, there are many excellent places to sit in the shade and enjoy some refreshments whilst watching the waves gently roll in and the world pass by.
For an economical family holiday, Fuengirola must surely be one of the top destinations. The traditional zoo in the city was expanded and modernised as recently as 2001 to feature “tropical-forest” dwellings and has received numerous awards. Today, the ‘bioparc’ specialises in captive breeding for endangered species and a visit is highly recommended.
Whilst adventure and water parks also have a presence in Fuengirola, the town’s most common association is simply a destination for sand, sea and sun.
However, there are a number of historical landmarks here too. The old Arabic castle Sohail for example is of the most prominent and is located as a wonderful welcome to those travelling from the west of the city. The bullring and the old fishing port are also recommended points of interest for the more culturally stimulated visitor.