The erstwhile fishing village today is a popular resort with approximately 63,000 inhabitants. The townscape is stamped by the necessities of the main income of the town - the tourism. In the streets of Fuengirola you find a lot of small shops, souvenir shops and restaurants. In the summer months in the centre of the coastal town dominates the rush. Then tourists from central and north europe flow to the Costa del Sol to enjoy a few recreative days on the nice, wide beaches. The beach promenade of Fuengirola is with 7 km one of the largest on the Costa del Sol. Here you find a lot of "Chiringuitos", a mixture of a beach bar and a fish restaurant.
Already the old romans felt good in Fuengirola. They called the city "Suel", after a star, which after a legend you can see from the castle ("Castillo") on the hill at the end of the town. Today this "Castillo de Sohail" is the town's landmark. From here you have a fantastic view over the sea and the coast. Despite the many hotels, bars and coffee bars in the city-centre Fuengirola has conserved something of its andalusian charme. In the district of Los Boliches you can still feel the ambience of the previous fishing village. On Tuesday here is market-day. It's pne of the biggest open-air markets on the coast. From fake designer cloths to traditional andalusian products practicaly everything is sold. The fish market is opened everyday.