Secret Spain – package holidays to Fuengirola

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Guest Writer
Boats on the beach in Barbacoa

Sitting on the southern coast of Spain, part of the Costa del Sol and close to Málaga, Fuengirola has had a reputation for being the choice for basic British family holidays but, like much of the Costa del Sol, Fuengirola also has a few surprises in store.

Whenever you take your package holiday to Fuengirola you’ll find a beach resort that has perfected the difficult tight rope walk of remaining Spanish while opening its doors and its heart to a cosmopolitan audience. The sea front area is truly international and holds a mirror up to its tourist population with pizzerias, English pubs and Irish bars.

But take a walk back away from the beach and into the old streets and you’ll find a Spanish town of white washed houses, a pretty church and traditional tapas bars and Spanish restaurants. Plazas and sun baked squares are littered with the everyday life of the locals and you can rest in one of these beautiful spaces while the natives read the newspaper, drink coffee and go about their business.

 
Castillo Beach, Fuengirola

Beaches

Fuengirola’s shoreline is lined with coconut style shades and comfortable, padded loungers that keep sun lovers happy for hours, but take a walk or short drive towards the castle and you’ll find a stretch of beach that transports you to another place entirely.

El Ejido – Castillo Beach is only a fifteen minute walk from the main beach at Fungirola, but you’ll feel like you’ve taken a turn into a completely different resort. With the castle as a companion, this area of sand is quiet and unique in Fuengirola. You won’t find rows of sunbeds and shades here. Nor will you be served by busy restaurants and bars. What you will find here is space, calm and beautiful surroundings. Locals like to take a break here and there’s a feeling of ad hoc sunbathing with natives and tourists laying out towels and propping up their own umbrellas for shade. Bear in mind the facilities are limited, but the peaceful atmosphere and calm is never-ending.

 
Sardines cooking on the beach, Fuengirola

Restaurants

Package holidays to Fuengirola remain a firm favourite with travellers from other European countries and the choice of restaurants and bars reflects this. British and Italian restaurants dominate the more built up areas, but the surprising thing about this undeniable fact is how integrated all areas of life are in Fuengirola. You won’t find a ‘them and us’ culture here and it’s quite normal to see Spanish families tucking into full English breakfasts alongside their British neighbours.

Away from the major hotels and beach front eateries you can repay the favour and visit a traditional Spanish bodega (wine cellar). Bodega la Solera is situated right in the town centre, yet step inside and you’ll feel like you’re in the Andalusian hills. Flamenco plays all night in this authentic Spanish night spot. The walls are inlaid with wine racks packed with local and other Spanish vinos. Cured hams hang behind the bar and the atmosphere is one of rustic, old style Spain. Prices are very reasonable, though you won’t find hiked up bills in many restaurants in Fuengirola. Quality is easy to find and competition keeps the prices low.

 
Women in Flamenco dresses

The summer festival

Visit Fuengirola in July and you could catch the Noche Viva, Fuengirola’s summer festival of music, culture and Fuengirola life. Like much of Fuengirola’s day-to-day character, this is a celebration with a distinctly proud Spanish flavour, while still being welcoming and all-encompassing to everyone. The festival includes outdoor performances and al fresco concerts, as well as late night shopping and an atmosphere of summer carnival.

But whenever you take your package holiday to Fungirola you’ll find a beach resort that has perfected the difficult tight rope walk of remaining Spanish while opening its doors and its heart to a cosmopolitan audience. The sea front area is truly international and holds a mirror up to its tourist population with pizzerias, English pubs and Irish bars. But take a walk back away from the beach and into the old streets and you’ll find a Spanish town of white washed houses, a pretty church and traditional tapas bars and Spanish restaurants. Plazas and sun baked squares are littered with the everyday life of the locals and you can rest in one of these beautiful spaces while the natives read the newspaper, drink coffee and go about their business.

Fuengirola is seamless in its differences. Here the Spanish eat fish and chips and chat to restaurant owners in English, while metres away tapas are served and flamenco guitar is played. Package holidays in Fuengirola offer sangria by the sea, top-class service in hotels and luxury in every detail.

But the Spanish jewels this town has stitched into its streets, shine in every corner and each turn of the road you take. The secret Fuengirola isn’t hidden from view. It’s not tucked away in backstreets and down ancient alleys. The secret Fuengirola is the beach at the end of the shoreline, the Bodega behind the pizzeria. Follow the Spanish and you’ll find it hidden, yet in plain sight.