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What To Do During a Day Trip to Fuengirola

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

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Fuengirola is the perfect destination along the Costa del Sol to explore for a day with plenty of beaches, family-friendly activities, and historic sites to visit. It’s located just a 30 minute drive from the centre of Málaga and is very close to other coastal towns such as Torremolinos and Benalmádena. If you happen to be staying in Fuengirola there are some fantastic nearby day trips from Fuengirola to take advantage of too such as Gibraltar, Mijas pueblo, Alhaurín de la Torre and Estepona.

Fuengirola’s rich history can be seen at almost every turn. Between the old town, Roman ruins, and medieval architecture this coastal town is sure to impress any fan of history. Many people choose to visit Fuengirola for its nightlife or to relax on the long stretch of beaches but this town has much more to offer visitors who would rather immerse themselves in Spanish culture and history. Here are some of the top things to do in Fuengirola during a day trip.

Old Town

Large plaza with monument and white church in it.
Plaza de la Constitución

Taking a walk around the old town of Fuengirola is a must. There are plenty of shops and places to eat here, as well as a number of key Fuengirola attractions. Plaza de la Constitución is the heart of the old town and is a very traditional plaza where you’ll see locals mingling. At one end of the plaza you’ll find the main church in Fuengirola, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, and at the other end you’ll see the beautiful Monumento a las Tres Generaciones.

Museo de la Ciudad

A small museum in Fuengirola with closed entrance fence.
Museo de la Ciudad

If you’re interested in learning more about the city of Fuengirola through its history and current traditions then Museo de la Ciudad should be on your itinerary. Visiting this museum is one of the best things to do in Fuengirola when it rains, and its central position means that it’s close to other main attractions too. A short walk from this museum is the popular Parque del Sol which is nice to walk around in the warmer months.

Central Mosque

A large white mosque in the centre of Fuengirola.
Central Mosque

A unique place to visit in Fuengirola is the Central Mosque. It was completed in 1994 and is a beautiful piece of architecture to photograph. This isn’t necessarily a main tourist attraction in Fuengirola but if you have some spare time it may interest you to walk to it as it sits very close to Castillo Sohail and some popular beaches.

Puente de la Armada

Aerial view of a small bridge near beach in Fuengirola.
Puente de la Armada

One of the most instantly recognizable landmarks in Fuengirola is Puente de la Armada, or the Spanish Navy Bridge. This modern bridge is fully pedestrianized and crosses the Fuengirola River. It’s also one of the most photographed locations in town. For the best angle of the bridge head up to Castillo Sohail where you can get an incredible view of the coastline too.

Castillo Sohail

A long medieval castle with stone towers in Fuengirola.
Castillo Sohail

A very popular castle in the Province of Málaga to visit is Castillo Sohail. Visiting it is also one of the best free things to do in Fuengirola. The castle is of muslim origin and this site has been of great strategic importance since the time of the Romans due to its vantage point overlooking the coast. Today the castle is a shell of what it used to be, but you can walk in the courtyard and along the walls and towers. Castillo Sohail also frequently hosts events inside the castle walls which is always a unique experience in Fuengirola.

From the top of the castle you can also get an eagle-eyed view of the archaeological remains of the Ciudad Romana de Suel which was originally founded in the 7th century BC. Unfortunately it was covered for a concert when we arrived but maybe you’ll have better luck. If you arrive early enough then you should be able to find a free parking spot below the castle.

Espigón de la T

View of the coastline of Fuengirola from a platform at sea.

No day trip to Fuengirola is complete without taking in the views from Espigón de la T. This unique t-shaped viewpoint stretches out into the sea and offers a beautiful view of Playa de los Boliches and the rest of the Fuengirola coastline. Some of the best places to eat in Fuengirola are located in this area too so it’s worth walking around.

Paseo Maritimo

A large monument along waterfront showing a Spanish coin.
Monumento a la Peseta

Hopefully you have nice weather when you plan your day trip to Fuengirola because strolling along the Paseo Maritimo definitely needs to be on your itinerary. This promenade is the longest in all of the Costa del Sol, stretching for 7 km and beginning at Castillo Sohail. It’s a beautiful place to walk at sunset, and there are a number of interesting sculptures along the route such as the Monumento a la Peseta to see.

Momag Burgers & Gin

Large pulled pork burger with cheese dribbling on bun.
Pulled pork burger

Whether you’re planning on having lunch or dinner in Fuengirola, you have to try out some of the best burgers in the province at Momag Burgers & Gin. This burger restaurant serves up fresh and bizarre burgers, with everything from sweet burgers to fully loaded ones available. Plus you can upgrade your meal to include a cheese dipping sauce if you think you can handle it. It’s a very messy eating experience but you’ll love every bite.

Yacimiento Arqueologico Romano

Roman ruins and tiles at a dig site in Fuengirola.
Yacimiento Arqueologico Romano

As you make your way out of Fuengirola don’t forget to stop by Yacimiento Arqueologico Romano. This archaeological complex was discovered in 1987 and is made up of a salting factory, a thermal complex, and a pottery workshop which all would have stood surrounding a villa. The site is incredible to visit, but if it happens to be closed when you arrive you can still see a large majority of it through the fence.

There are plenty of things to see around Fuengirola to keep you busy for a full day, especially if you visit on one of the days that the street markets are on. I’ve mainly focused on cultural or historic points of interest, but attractions such as the Bioparc and CostaWaterPark are also highly rated especially if you’re looking for things to do in Fuengirola for kids. However you choose to spend your day in Fuengirola, you’ll soon come to realize why it’s such a popular place along the Costa del Sol to visit.

Have you had the chance to walk around Fuengirola yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts and any other recommendations you have, so please leave a comment below or reach out via Instagram. Don't forget to check out my other blog posts about southern Spain too!


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