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FUENGIROLA:

If you are planning to re-visit Fuengirola after a gap of 10 years or more, prepare yourself to take in the changes. If you are considering a first time visit, you are sure to be impressed with the atmosphere, amenities and wide choice of accommodation and property for sale (in case, like most people, you want to stay a little longer!).
In recent years the municipality has made enormous investments towards improving the infrastructure in Fuengirola, not only to maintain a healthy and happy tourist trade, but also to make this a wonderful place to live. The results speak for themselves and have brought Fuengirola into the 21st century, while never losing sight of the rich historic past and traditional Andalucian roots.

Since the 1960's, foreigners have been discovering the joys of living in Fuengirola. At the beginning of the 1960's, there were around 8,500 people living in this small village. By 1980 there were some 30,000 and now there are over 63,000 official residents. In the summer season, this number swells enormously with tourists.

For further tourist and cultural information on Fuengirola contact:
Casa de Cultura: Tel: 952 593 349
Ayuntamiento (Town Hall): Tel: 952 589 300
Oficina de Turismo (Tourist Office): 952 467 457

Fuengirola. Nightlife: Fuengirola is a mecca for partygoers and clubbers of all ages. Not only does it boast some of the best disco pubs and clubs on the Costa del Sol, but everything is situated close to the centre of town which is ideal for bar hoppers. Attracting some of the more casual revellers, including thousands of tourists during the summer season, Fuengirola caters to all tastes and requirements. Some examples:

London Pub
Fuengirola's best-known English bar has a large outdoor terrace with waiter service. Inside a pleasant pub-like décor, with music from yesteryear plus more up to date sounds from the resident DJ. Open until 4am, this is one of the town´s most popular venues for late night entertainment. Situated centrally on Fuengirola´s busy promenade close to hotels, bars and restaurants, and right next to a taxi rank.
Tel: 952 476 387

Heaven´s Gate Open from 11pm to 7am, Heaven´s Gate is the choice of many trendy, European tourists, who have found their very own version of Heaven in this slick club. Playing modern dance tracks and boasting a fantastic sound and light system, this club continues to attract a cool crowd.of well-heeled clubbers from all over Andalucia and beyond. Loud and late, this venue gets particularly busy in July and August, and offers some of the best music in town.

Aqualum Late Night Venue Decked out to resemble a fish bowl, bright blue paint and mirrors adorn the walls and the toilets in this fabulous club. With off the wall quirky decor and a licence to thrill late into the night, this is one of the best places to go when all the other bars are shut. Attracting a mixed crowd, this is one of the biggest bars in Fuengirola, and is the perfect late night venue for holidaymakers and locals alike. The service is slick and friendly, and the cocktails are superb. Tel: 952 460 641

Fuengirola. Monuments & Museums: Sohail Castle:
This landmark castle dating back to Moorish times is emblematic of Fuengirola. Clearly visible on the bend of the A7 (old N340) highway at the last exit in the direction of Marbella, El Castillo Sohail stands proud on the hill, at the far end of the 5 miles of Fuengirola beach, looking straight out to sea. After the Moorish occupation, the Christians took power and the castle once again became the fortress of the town. It was structurally altered over the centuries to suit the needs of the different ages. For a short period at the beginning of the 19th century it was home to the French troops during the War of Independence. For many years, the castle was abandoned and left in ruins, until restoration began in 1989, from which time it has become an integral part of the heritage of the municipality. It is now a focal point, not only of the town's history but also, each year during July and August, it becomes a popular theatre and home to many excellent open air concerts and festivals. A great deal of public money has gone into the overall improvement of the castle and the surrounding area, with well kept gardens and good paths and roadways leading up to it. There is also parking in the vicinity for easier access.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 14:30 and 16:00 - 18:00. Closed Monday

sohail castle


Roman Spring & other historic remains:
In Torreblanca Roman thermal springs were discovered with a Roman site at the entrance to what is now the urbanisation of Torreblanca as we know today. Remains of a 4th century fish salting factory was also found, along with a graveyard with 32 Visigoth burial tombs.

roman spring


The Main Parish Church in Fuengirola:
The Parish Church of 'Nuestra Señora del Rosario Coronada' is in Plaza de la Constitución(the main square) in Fuengirola. For the local people and residents of the town, this church marks the very centre of the Fuengirola. This church has daily mass (normally between 18:00 - 20:00) and a very popular venue for weddings, baptisms and memorial services throughout the whole year. It is also the focal point for many religious festivals, especially during Easter Holy Week. The main square the church are tied into the deep rooted traditions of the Andalucian people of Fuengirola. The building is beautifully kept, with a very ornate interior and an interesting baroque façade. There is a clock and bell tower and the chimes ring out across the square marking time passing in this busy Spanish town.
Parroquia Ntra. Sra. Del Rosario Coronada: Plaza de la Constitución.Tel: 952 474 022

History Museum :
This museum is quite a gem in the midst of such the busy resort town that Fuengirola has become over recent years. It has several rooms of artifacts from past civilizations, including the Visigoths, Carthaginians and Moors, with a well mapped out history of its ancient settlers. Since tourism is very much part of the history of Fuengirola today, there is even a section dedicated to tourism during the 1970's. Amongst other very interesting exhibits is well structured virtual video of the different phases of the history of the Castle (Castillo Sohail) - above, as well as very interesting old photos and information about the fishing heritage of Fuengirola and Los Boliches.
Opening hours: Winter: Monday - Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Summer: Monday - Friday 11:30 - 13:30 and 19:00 - 20:00 Museo de Historia: Calle Maria Josefa Larrucea, 3. 29640 Fuengirola. (Near the Zoo)


museum




TORREMOLINOS

Torremolinos. Nightlife: Once seen as a bucket and spade resort offering package holidays to the masses, Torremolinos has evolved into one of the most sought after holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol. Not only does this modern resort offer great bars and restaurants, but it is also famous for its nightlife. Most of the clubs are situated on the main street of C/San Miguel which runs through the middle of the town or in the area known as La Nogalera. Torremolinos also has a thriving gay scene, and attracts clubbers from all over Andalucia.

For further tourist and cultural information:
The English-speaking main tourist office (+34 - 952379512) is at Plaza Pablo Picasso, just north of Plaza Costa del Sol and is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1.30 pm. From July to September, there are additional tourism booths on the beachfront, including Playa de Bajondillo (+34 - 952371909)


The Palladium The Palladium, situated on C/Mallorca, is one of the town´s best loved late night venues and boasts a swimming pool, lasers and one of the most extravagant lighting systems you will ever clap eyes on. Open from 3am-9am, the hours and the entertainment are extraordinary. Situated over three floors, the music keeps pumping all night, and many revellers dance themselves into a frenzy. Guest DJ´s take to the decks at the weekends and there are a host of shows and cabaret acts booked during the summer months.

Fun Beach The Fun Beach disco and nightclub is also situated in C/Mallorca and offers clubbers the best in late night entertainment. Also including a swimming pool, the staff are all decked out in swimwear and clubbers are encouraged to dress as crazily as possible. Attracting a predominantly young crowd, this is one of the town´s premier nightspots, and enjoys a fabulous reputation for fun and games.
Open from 10pm to 7am, there is no need to bar hop to get that last elusive drink.

Taberna Pepe López In complete contrast to the hip-hop and techno rhythms played in many clubs in Torremolinos, the Taberna Pepe López boasts some of the best foot-stomping flamenco music around. This club is not only for the locals, and attracts visitors from all over Europe. Colourfully dressed dancers, donning shawls, fans and long frilly costumes, vigorously tap their feet and clap away to the strumming of guitars. Experience the passion of the gypsy dancers as they perform to the strum of Spanish guitars in a traditional Andalucian setting. Tel: 952 381 284

Eugenio´s Disco and Piano Bar Situated in the lively area of La Nogalera, Eugenio´s is something totally different. Parading as a piano bar/disco, this innovative club attracts revellers of all ages to its cabaret, disco, and party nights. Boasting elegant, Greek style decor and many different salons and private rooms, this is a spacious and modern club with lots to offer. A large summer terrace is open during the warmer months, and special promotions and offers take place every week. Ladies Night, Discount Friday and Show night are just a few of the events which continue to pull in the crowds.
Tel: 952 381 131

El Gato Lounge One of the most chic gay bars in Torremolinos, El Gato Lounge offers clubbers some of the best food, cocktails and wine on the Costa del Sol. This elegant lounge attracts visitors from far and wide with its innovative menu, its sumptuous summer barbecue on the terrace and its great music. Open from 7pm nightly and situated in el Paseo Maritimo de Bajondillo n 1, close to most of the other gay bars in La Nogalera, El Gato enjoys a central location and is the perfect place for a bite to eat or a relaxing cocktail.
Tel: 687 871 165

Torremolinos. Monuments & Museums: If you come to Torremolinos you can visit a few of its most characteristic monuments, amongst them we must highlight:

San Miguel Street:
A pedestrian and commercial street, situated in the centre of Torremolinos, it's the central axis of the municipality. It has all kinds of shops, from jewellery stores to shoe shops, fashion and from its ramifications there is access to restaurants and bars. The Torremolinos train station is also situated next to the San Miguel street.

San Miguel Chapel:
With a religious origin, it's where they celebrate the San Miguel festivities.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso Cultural Centre:
It's situated in the interior of an early 19th century building in La Cruz Street, formerly known as College of Orphans of the Railwaymen. It reopened in 2001 and the original construction is of around 1929.

Torremolinos Fairground:
If you go to the fair, you'll visit this area. The fairground also hosts the Sports City and the Municipal Auditorium. Every Thursday and Sunday a flea market is held there, with plenty of second hand items.

Fountain of the King:
One of the most important spring fountains in Andalusia, situated in the upper part of Torremolinos, El Pinar de los Manantiales, near the Mill of Inca.

Conference and Exhibition Centre:
A big building where all kinds of events and exhibitions are held, from technological innovations to gastronomic festivities.

Tower of the Mills:
The symbol of Torremolinos, erected in the early 19th century to protect the coast by the Arabs and by the Christians after the conquest.

House of the Navajas:
Moorish style palace with sea views situated in the Playamar area. Ordered to be built by Antonio Navajas Ruiz in 1925. It's now part of the patrimony of Torremolinos.

navajas_house

Pinares of Torremolinos:
A green area in the municipality with beautiful spring fountains and many different species of trees. There are barbecues and tables for those who want to spend a day in the countryside.



BENALMADENA
Benalmadena. Nightlife:
Situated just west of Malaga and Torremolinos, Benalmadena is a thriving resort which boasts a multitude of fabulous night clubs, discos and late night bars. Most of the larger are more raucous clubs are situated in the aptly named 24-hour Square on the coast road, and the rest are in the award- winning Marina itself.

For a more sophisticated dance scene, it is worth a stroll down to the Marina, where several bars overlooking the boats have dance floors and live music at weekends. You can expect to pay up to three times the normal bar prices for drinks here, especially during July and August.

For further tourist and cultural information on Benalmadena contact: Tourist Information Office: Antonio Machado, 10. 29630. Benalmádena Costa. Tel (+34): 952 442 494

BENALMADENA MARINA
Boals Ice Bar:
First Ice bar on the Costa del Sol, where everything is made of ice, including the bar, the walls and the glasses. Situated in the marina area, visitors are provided with gloves, socks and coats on the way in, and this is the most unusual late night bar you will ever find. Inspired by the Finnish ice hotels, this is a fabulous place to chill out – quite literally. The ice stools and seats are covered to stop you sticking to them, and the drinks are served cold, very cold. Subtle lighting and lively music add to the unique ambience.
Tel: 603 488 155

Banana Café:
This is a place for the young to dance the night away to all types of music. There is a big dance floor and the cocktail list is as long as the night. Situated in the marina, close to some of the best late night venues in Benalmadena, this club attracts visitors from far and wide. Drinks are reasonably priced and the music plays on until the small hours of the morning. Cool and hip with a predominantly young crowd.

La Cubana:
Large outside terrace and bar as well as bar inside. This is a favourite place for dancing salsa to the all night music. A real hot, Caribbean experience with some fabulous sounds from guest DJs in the summer. La Cubana keeps rocking until the early hours of the next day, and is a favourite amongst clubbers of all ages. Salsa fans from all over the Costa del Sol come here to shake their stuff and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere.

Disco-café Kaleido:
This club has three different sections, each with its own different atmosphere. There is an outside terrace another one inside and a large inside dance area where there is a huge fish tank with tropical fish in it, giving the place a really exotic atmosphere.
Tel: 651 772 275

Buzby's Bar
Cabaret and top Costa acts at this Brit run bar. Comedy, hypnotist acts and impressionists, as well as music. Located across from the Hotel Villasol on the coast road.
Tel: 609 274 178

SEAFRONT PROMENADE AREA
El Elefante:
Plaza Bonanza Square. A working mens' club atmosphere at this vast club in the centre of the costa which features a variety of acts, ranging from 'Stars in their Eyes' performers to hypnotists and lookalikes.

Peacock Tavern:
Villa Las Yucas, Benalmádena Costa. Tropical style garden adds to the atmosphere here which is geared to families with live music nightly and Happy Hour from 8 to 9 pm.

Wyn's Bar:
Benalmadena Pueblo. Specialises in comedy and unusual acts - such as a 'full Monty' vocalist - the mind boggles!

Piano Bar Neptuno:
Avenida Alaya, Benalmadena Costa. This bar has a select atmosphere, often with live music and music to dance to.
Tel: 952 443 810

Benalmadena. Monuments & Museums:
In Benalmadena you will find history of different civilizations assembled on as little as 30 square meters: watch towers, Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches and museums. Benalmadena is giving a clear example on how respect and acceptance can exist between different races and religious believes.

Also of importance in Benalmadena is the Arqueological Museum as well is the caves of La Zorrera and Los Botijos. Moreover, well worth seeing is the municipal Auditorium where private and official events are taking place and the Centre of expositions.

Further to be added to the list of sights is the Castle of Bil Bil, an Arab construction where concerts and other events are held; the castle of Colomares in Honor of Cristobel Colón; the Buddhist sculpture which is the highest in the western world, the gardens of Muro, The "child" of Benalmadena, a bronze statue representing the symbol of the town and the portals of the Parque de la Paloma and the watchtower of Torrebermeja.

stupa
www.stupabenalmadena.org/en/

castillo colomares www.castillomonumentocolomares.com

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