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Have fun in the sun during the day before darkness descends, when Fuengirola really shows off its wild side...
Hugely popular with Brits, the large town becomes almost completely English speaking during the summer months - making it a great choice for anyone who would rather not try to communicate in the local lingo.
Just 25km from Malaga Airport (AGP), holidays in Fuengirola have been appealing to British families since the sixties. And when you see the bars, clubs and restaurants that embrace its mile upon mile of soft, blue flag beaches, it's easy to understand why.
Despite the crowds, the sheer size of the beaches mean you can always find your own spot on the sand. But Fuengirola really comes alive when evening falls. Bars quickly fill, with the British crowds arriving first, followed by the Spanish tourists who like to start their evenings a little later. The acclaimed cocktail bars that line the promenade are among the most popular, while late night fun is available at a dazzling array of nightclubs.
Restaurants too come in all shapes and sizes in Fuengirola, but if you want authentic Spanish, head to the back streets for tapas. The sea front is really aimed at the tourist market and will even offer traditional pub food if you can't leave the taste of home behind. You do want to be by the sea during the day, though, when energetic beachgoers can pop on some water skis and get their kicks hurtling across the warm waters behind a speed boat.
Find out what to pack for your Fuengirola holidays with our guide to the local weather...
Summer daytime temperatures regularly exceed 30C and the evenings are warm enough for you to leave a cardigan behind. Winter evenings, meanwhile, can be cool, despite daytime temperatures of up to 19C.
Join in the fun in Fuengirola at one of these popular annual events...
Semana Santa; Easter: A religious festival of spectacular processions and eye-catching parades.
International Fair; April: This remarkable event - held in the fairground between Los Boliches and Fuengirola train stations - is a celebration of international friendship at which more than 50 countries are honoured.
St John's Day; June: This is an important day on the Spanish social calendar, and in Fuengirola it is marked with bonfires and parties on the beaches. Take a picnic, a bottle or two, and join in the all-night fun.
Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen; July: Mesmerising fireworks light up the sky following this passionate and colourful procession, which sees an image of the Virgin del Carmen carried to the sea and transported to Fuengirola port where it is then taken to the church in Los Boliches.
Fuengirola Fair; October: The town is turned into a huge fairground for almost a week as the local population call time on the hard work of the holiday season and let their hair down ahead of the winter. The daytime fair is dedicated to children, while the evening is for those who prefer white-knuckle rides. Just don't forget to sip the traditional fairground sherry called 'fino'.
Here are a few ideas for things to see and do in Fuengirola - aside from enjoying the beach of course...
Nightlife: Some say a night in Fuengirola is like no other. Grab your best disco clobber and find out for yourself on Calle Capitan, home to some of Spain's best nightclubs.
Kids and teens: Head for the Aquatico Mijas water park, where children of all ages will have the time of their lives.
Babies and toddlers: Visit Bioparc Fuengirola for a memorable time with an enormous variety of exotic animals and wildlife.