For many years Fuengirola has been a very popular destination for North European holidaymakers and expat residents alike. Over these same years it has also tried to tidy up its rather tacky “Kiss me Quick” image that it shared with places like Benidorm and Palma Nova/Magaluf. In the last 20 years the population has doubled to over 65,000 and of all these resorts, I would contend that Fuengirola has perhaps succeeded the best. The mayoress, Esperanza Oña Sevilla, has been in power for an impressive 20 years and whilst not always popular she has ensured that Fuengirola is now a resort worthy of visiting and equally a great place to live. It has excellent shopping, a lovely promenade, a popular marina, many attractions and great communications – including a direct train to the airport and Málaga City
The town council has an excellent English-language website and the local foreign-language papers now all have online editions where you can keep up with all the news www.surinenglish.com (The Sur in English), www.costadelsolnews.es (Costa Del Sol News) and www.thenewsonline.es (The News) in English. There is www.spaniaposten.com in Norwegian, www.sydkusten.es in Swedish and www.costaanachrichten.com in German. The Finns have their excellent www.uusifuengirola.fi www.20minutos.es is in easy-to-understand Spanish. Further details of local media: www.thisisspain.info/help-advice/the-media
Just along the coast at Benalmádena there is an excellent hospital and there are many clinics, dentists and other health professionals who speak English (and many other languages). Fuengirola also has the Miramar and the Alfil cinemas so now residents have the choice of all the latest films “on the doorstep”. Just along the coast at Málaga there is La Liga football with a very successful international supporters’ club Fuengirola also has its own side but I am afraid it is many levels away from the pinnacle of Spanish football.
Fuengirola is fast maturing and whatever your views on the change of Fuengirola over the past few years it has most definitely been an exciting place to live and it looks like it will stay that way for many years to come. Enjoy!
Sea Life Benalmádena
Andalusian International Artists
www.inmalagatoday.com covers the Málaga province and Inland Andalucia. As well as giving you all you could want to know about Fuengirola, this site shows local area information about Málaga, Alhaurín el Grande, Alhaurín de la Torre, Álora, Coin and Mijas. News, information and advice about living and working in Spain. We aim to integrate the Spanish and foreign communities.
www.thesentinella.com is a fun A5 magazine aimed at the expat community, covering from Rincon de la Victoria to Mijas on the coast and inland to Antequera. It gives lots of information about the Fuengirola area and is well worth picking up from one of the many bars and shops that distribute it.
www.euro-lingua.es is the place to learn Spanish in Fuengirola. Anybody who knows me will know that I am fanatical about expats learning Spanish and this is the school that I would recommend most highly.
www.Business1st.es is a very successful international business networking association which is suitable for business of all sizes – even those who are in the starting-up phase. All welcome.
Finally, www.eurosurcalahonda.com is the place to go if you need to hire a car and want to deal with real and professional people and not just an online booking engine. ¡Feliz viaje!