Lively, popular and always buzzing - the resort of Fuengirola
has come a long way from its days as a simple Spanish fishing village.
Today it's a fascinating mix of local Spanish residents and international
visitors, many of whom have made their permanent home in the urbanization
housing complexes that stretch up into the hills. Lying to the east
of Marbella it is a bustling little town during the height of the
tourist season. Fuengirola's amazing beach is overlooked by one of
the longest promenades in the Mediterranean and takes just a little
over 2hrs to walk from one end to the other. The Port (Puerto Deportivo)
holds a weekly market which attracts 1000’s of visitors every
Sunday throughout the year from 9am to 2pm, except in July & August
the time changes to 7pm to 1am due to the heat of the daily temperatures.
Lying west of Torremolinos, the coastal region is where most of the
facilities for sun and sand tourism are concentrated: hotels, a casino,
and golf courses. Benalmadena has 9km of shoreline with beautiful
beaches and tiny coves. 24 hour square and the new Puerto Marina are
the places to go for young "party goers". Popular with locals and
tourists alike the place has a distinctly international feel to it.
The area is crammed with a variety of nightclubs and bars playing
the latest music and staying open very late. The marina is surrounded
by apartments and offers boat charters, sight seeing trips, a water
taxi to fuengirola, and sports such as diving, sailing, and jet ski
This is where it all began: what was once a tiny fishing village has
become one of the largest - and most popular - of all the Costa del
Sol holiday resorts. And it's not hard to see why. For sheer choice
of hotels, bars, discos and beaches, good old 'Torrie' is quite simply
hard to beat. There is every kind of café and restaurant imaginable.
There are bars in abundance proclaiming their heritage to one nationality
of another; Irish, English, Dutch, German - you name it, Torremolinos
is likely to have it. The busy nightclubs pump out the latest music
and stay open until dawn or even later.
Arroyo de la Miel
Arroyo de la Miel, whose name means "river of honey" is the populated
area between the mountains and the coast in the region of Benalmadena.
This is where most of the area's population and businesses are located
and it has a wide range of attractions including a sports complex,
bilingual library and the world famous theme park Tivoli World. It
is also where the cable car to the mountain peak starts from. Arroyo
offers a wide selection of café bars, restaurants, supermarkets,
banks and a health clinic. Arroyo de la Miel is only 15 minutes by
train from Malaga International Airport or a 10 minute journey by
At first sight Mijas is the Andaluz pueblo blanco par excellence -
its ancient white-washed houses clinging to the hillside surrounded
by some of the best coastal views in Spain. In fact its beauty - and
easy access from the coast - has made it a 'mini resort' in its own
right with some 90% of the population now of foreign origin. Keep
looking and you may just catch a glimpse of a hang-glider wafting
over the peak. Mijas is also well positioned for some of the area's
championship golf courses - including Los Lagos and Los Olivos - and
the panoramic views really are superb!
Nerja has around 16 kilometers of beaches, with soft sand and clear
blue water. All major water sports are available water skiing, scuba
diving sailing and fishing. The town is flanked by mountain ranges
of Sierra Almijara, to the east. Nerja fortunately has managed to
avoid the concrete high-rise apartment blocks which have been the
inevitable result of the tourist boom in some coastal resorts. The
old quarter of the town is virtually unchanged with narrow winding
streets and whitewashed houses with wrought iron terraces overflowing
with flowers. The Balcony of Europe in the center of Nerja is a fantastic
promenade once the site of a great Moorish castle, with panoramic
views of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches below.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here to choose from, and
the visitor can hire a horse-drawn carriage to explore the most romantic
corner of the town. Cuisine includes several specialties including
De La Doncella (red mullet) and pescaito frito (fried fish) and ranging
from top international cuisine Nerja's most spectacular attraction
is undoubtedly its fascinating caves located just three kilometers
from the centre of town. They include archaeological treasures such
as paintings over 20,000 years old and other pre-historic remains.
One of the enormous natural caverns has been transformed into a concert
hall, where many performances are staged during the summer. Nerja
is 50 km from Malaga connected to the western end of the Costa del
Sol by a dual carriage motorway. The journey from Marbella takes about
an hour, while travelling from Málaga takes around half an hou. to
some of the most beautiful parts of Spain.
Torre del Mar
Torre del Mar has a lot of atmosphere and local flavor with numerous
shops including some very good fish and seafood restaurants and bars.
A 500 metre seafront stretch, called El Copo, is a continual line
of bars and discotheques which are open until 6.00h every morning
in the summer and at weekends during the winter. Along an adjoining
stretch of the seafront there is a summer night market open until
3.00h every morning. In July and August the town is a great holiday
venue. The origins of Torre del Mar go back to at least the Phoenicians
- sites discovered include an 8th century BC 'Town of Toscanos' where
there are remains of fish factories, a port and several houses.