Fuengirola was a new town to visit for my daughter and I. We have visited Costa Del Sol a lot over the years, in particular the relatively small town of Nerja that is east of Malaga. This was our first visit west of Malaga and we weren’t sure what to expect.
When we were on our way to Fuengirola it dawned on me that I really didn’t know what to expect from the town or the hotel we were going to be staying in. This was an unfamiliar feeling for me as I usually know my holiday destination inside and out by the time we are due to visit.
This was an unusual holiday in that I was lucky enough to win the trip after writing this blog post. Seeing as all the big decisions had already been made for me, I didn’t see much point in investigating the holiday much further, apart from finding out what activities we could do while we were there.
What Is Fuengirola Like?
We arrived in Fuengirola late afternoon and unloaded our bags at the hotel. We were staying at the PYR Hotel which was in a great location for us. We were a short walk from the beach, Sould Park and the marina. Things were looking good for our 5 day break.
Fuengirola has a really nice feel to it. It’s definitely a tourist town, but it’s not tacky. It’s quite flat too which is a huge bonus when travelling with a small child. It made walking around a lot easier. The beaches were lovely too, with plenty of shells and stones for a little person to discover.
Our hotel was basic, but comfortable. We had a studio apartment for our stay at PYR hotel, which consisted of 2 single beds, a sofa (which could also be used as a bed), a balcony over looking the pool, a good bathroom and a small kitchenette. It was a big space for the two of us, which suited us very well. Seeing as my daughter is in bed by 7pm, it was nice to be able to relax on the balcony or on the sofa without disturbing her.
The hotel provides a buffet breakfast each morning which costs €6.90 for adults and €4.00 for children. It was convenient for us to eat here each morning and there was enough on offer to feed us both. If you wanted to eat elsewhere there are plenty of cafes and restaurants serving breakfast near by so there is no need to be tied to the hotel.
Because there is a lot of competition in the area, prices are reasonable. They seemed a lot cheaper then other places I’ve visited in the Costa del Sol.
We got ourselves into a nice little holiday routine which started off with breakfast before heading to the port to feed the fish. If you visit Fuengirola make sure you pop down to the marina as there are lots of nice cafes there and there are a lot of fish.
We had spotted some other families feeding the fish at the side of the marina and when we looked closer there were literally hundreds of fish.
We would take some scraps of bread from breakfast and feed these fish which my daughter thought was great. It’s worth doing first thing in the morning, as if you leave it until later in the day they have been fed a lot and they aren’t quite so hungry.
Where To Eat In Fuengirola
Once we had fed the fish we stopped of at The Waterfront Bar & Grill. This became our favourite place to visit for lunch. The view over the harbour is lovely and the staff here are so friendly. Steve, Steph and Jane really took care of us during our visits.
They served a great homemade spaghetti bolognese that my 4 year old ate every day, and I tried a few things of the menu including the tapas and a rather nice pulled pork from the specials menu. They also do a coffee and brandy special for €3.50 which hit the spot before heading to the beach for the afternoon.
Do pop down and visit The Waterfront Bar & Grill and say that Zena sent you. I hope you won’t be disappointed and that you will get as friendly a welcome as my daughter and I got.
Our other favourite place to eat was the Bar El Puerto. This is a traditional Spanish bar also by the port. It’s across the road from the entrance to Sould Park. You will get a rather good prawns pil pil here for only €6.50 which is cheap at half the price. A lot of locals seem to eat here, which is always a good sign. I can also recommend the calamari! It was cooked to perfection.
Things To Do In Fuengirola
As well as play on the beach and feed the fish, Fuengirola has quite a few things to do for families. When ever we visit a Spanish town we always hunt out the tourist train. There was a stop just down the road from PYR Hotel and we decided to go one morning.
Getting the tourist train is a nice way to see the town, even if it is a bumpy ride. From the train we spotted the sand sculptures that we were able to get a closer look at later on.
Fuengirola is quite a big town, so seeing as I had a 4 year old in tow, this was the best way for me to see it. It has lots of shops and restaurants which is great for tourists.
The train does stop at the Bioparc Fuengirola too, but the day we took the train it was quite cloudy and it was forecast rain.
We saved our visit to the zoo for another day and decided to walk seeing as it wasn’t too far from the hotel. I think it might have been a little bit far for my daughter though, as she only managed walking around the zoo for an hour after walking there. It cost over €30 for our entrance fee so this was quite an expensive hour unfortunately.
That being said it is a nice zoo. The tigers are really cool and you get so close to them as there are viewing points where you can see them through the glass. The zoo has a very natural feel about it and has stayed away from the traditional cages to contain the animals.
They have gorillas, snakes and leopards as well as another 200 species of animals to see. It is a nice place to visit, I just wish my daughter could have managed another hour. Perhaps she will stay a bit longer when she is older.
Her favourite activity though was visiting Sould Park. If you’ve not been to one of these, it’s a small theme park for children that you can go to every day. You buy a card for €0.50 and charge it up to use on the rides. The more you spend, the more rides you get. I charged our card with just over €20 which was enough for our short stay.
The great thing about Sould Park is that you don’t pay an entrance fee so you can use your card over how many days you are on holiday. As it was out of season the park opened at 5pm every night, but was open during the day at the weekend. This worked well for us as it gave us something to do in the evening before it was time to go back to the hotel and get ready for bed.
Would We Recommend Fuengirola
We had a lovely first visit to Fuengirola and I would definitely consider going back there with the rest of the family one day. Our visit was during March and it was quite quiet. In the summer months I’m sure the town gets very busy as it seems very popular. It’s a great location for Malaga airport and our transfer took no longer than 45 minutes.
I hope to go back maybe in October to see Steve and Steph again at The Waterfront Bar & Grill and take all the family as I really think we would enjoy this destination together. If you enjoy Spain then this could be a great destination for you too.