Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Alternative Guide to Fuengirola

Situated on the sundrenched Costa del Sol, the ever popular Fuengirola is famous for its gorgeous long stretches of sand. However, this resort isn’t only about beautiful beaches – you’ll find masses of other things to do in Fuengirola, from visiting historic castles to outstanding zoos, via water parks and golf – this resort has something for everyone!

Away from the beach Fuengirola offers a wealth of activities to try your hand at, ranging from the leisurely to the downright thrilling! Costa del Sol is justifiably famous for golf, and there are numerous exceptional courses surrounding the resort. The nearest golf club is just north of Fuengirola, in Mijas, and features two 18-hole courses. Bowling, tennis and volleyball are all popular pastimes in the resort, whilst those who feel the need for speed should head to fantastic go-karting track! The beautiful surrounding countryside features many excellent cycling trails (particularly mountain biking) and adventurous visitors can also try out parasailing! 

For those on a family holiday, Aqua Park Mijas offers a brilliant day out for all ages! This water park is home to everything from relaxing Jacuzzis to vertigo-inducing ‘Kamikaze’ slides. There are fabulous wave pools that prove to be quite different from the gentle waters of the Mediterranean. There are also picturesque picnic areas, mini golf courses and even rock climbing if you want to dry off from the pools. Designed in the style of a traditional British funfair, Parquelandia is like a happy childhood memory revisited! Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy the attractions that include bumper cars, bouncy castles, and go-karting!

Exploring the History
Occupying an area steeped in history, El Castillo Sohail stands where previously Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Moorish and Christian settlements existed.  This dramatic fortification stands nearly 40 metres high and has guarded the mouth to Fuengirola River since the 10th century. Interestingly, the castle was also held by Napoleon between 1810 and 1812, before being retaken by the Spanish. A striking, fascinating attraction and the views from the top are spectacular and stretch for miles along the coastline!

An absolute must for any visit here is the Bioparc Fuengirola, home to a vast and diverse array of exotic wildlife from all over the world. Split into three areas that recreate the natural habitats found in Madagascar, Equatorial Africa, and Southeast Asia, you can wander around at your own leisure. The zoo also offers night time visits allowing you to catch a glimpse of the otherwise shy nocturnal animals. You can expect to see Sumatran tigers, pythons, crocodiles, and much more! This is an exceptional zoo and is highly recommended during your holiday here. 

From waterparks and zoos to exciting history and stunning coastline, a holiday to Fuengirola offers a little something for everyone. To find out more about holidays to Fuengirola, visit low cost holidays or read feel inspired to visit another destination by checking out the lowcostholidays Facebook page.

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