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Fuengirola Beach Aparthotel is located in a privileged position at the entrance of Fuengirola, next to Sohail castle, the shopping area and beaches. The access to the beach (direct) and the center of the city either on foot in few minutes.
- 300 mts to the "Castle" Beach
- Close to the riverside park with access to the beach
- Shopping and entertainment centre, 50 mts
- Easy parking area in front of the entrance
- Skate park a 50 metros
- Public transport, 50 mts
- Malaga Airport, 27 Km
- Easy access to the Mediterranean Motorway
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Fuengirola // Useful information
Historical records show that it was Phoenician colonisers who founded Fuengirola, although it seems probable that Bastulos and other tribes had been present in this enclave halfway between Cádiz and Málaga. The Phoenicians set up a salted fish trading post at what they called Suel, and from there they traded with the other Mediterranean cities. The Romans made Suel a federated municipality that was assigned by Augustus to the "conventus" of Gades (Cádiz).
The Castillo Sohail (Sohail Castle), which was destroyed and rebuilt several times, is without a doubt the epitome of Fuengirola monuments, both for its long and turbulent history and its unmistakable silhouette that has become the symbol of the city. The fortress is surrounded by powerful square towers and every part of it has been meticulously restored to prevent deterioration and to render it useful as a cultural and tourist resource since, as has been stated, it has been converted into a remarkable open-air auditorium.
In Fuengirola the fiestas begin with Holy Week, days that combine magnificent processions with the opening of the bathing season, since the region’s benign climate permits this except in the rare case of rain. On the eve of San Juan (23 June), Fuengiroleños also burn the "júas", and on the day of the Virgen del Carmen in July the little neighbourhood of Los Boliches especially commemorates its maritime tradition with the bearing of the Virgin in a procession, first on the fishing craft-a beautiful ritual performed in all coastal communities in Málaga-and afterwards through the streets of the town
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Málaga // Useful information
Faced with the Assyrian expansion and the progressive desertification of their territories, the Phoenicians from Tyre arrived on the Andalusian coasts around 800 B.C. and during that era founded Malaka. At first, it was less a city than a trading base around the port. Some time later the Greeks would found neighbouring Mainake, which would be destroyed by the Carthaginians, who in turn suffered from the power of Rome and were overcome by it in the late third century B. C. in the Second Punic War.
Except for the Phoenician remains found in the Museo Picasso, the city’s most ancient monument is the Teatro Romano (Roman theatre, 100 B. C.) located at the foot of the Alcazaba. Its construction is similar to the Acinipo theatre in Ronda. A part of its proscenium, an entrance gallery, traces of the orchestra and a large part of the cavea (16 metres tall and with a radius of 31 metres) have been preserved. Its stone was used for the construction of the Alcazaba and for the foundation of the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture), a building that was torn down in 1995 to restore the ancient monument.
The holiday calendar of the city of Málaga revolves around two large and well-attended celebrations: the Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the Feria de Agosto (August Fair). There are other festivities, however, that are deeply ingrained in popular tradition, such as the Carnival in late February, Corpus Christi in late May or early June, the Virgen del Carmen celebration with its marine procession in mid-July, and the Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales (traditional "verdiales" music festival) on 28 December at the Venta de San Cayetano in the neighbourhood of Puerto de la Torre, where you can enjoy the traditional verdiales competition while sampling the local wine and pork loin. And don’t forget that each neighbourhood organises its own fiestas.
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Marbella // Useful information
The second largest city in the province of Málaga was home to its first few settlers in the Palaeolithic Era, as is shown by weapons and tools discovered at the place known as Coto Correa in the area of Las Chapas and in the Pecho Redondo cave (Neolithic) in the southern foothills of the Sierra Blanca. Except for the Phoenician archaeological site of Río Real there is no evidence of other civilisations until the end of Carthaginian rule, which left traces in Río Verde, some five kilometres from Marbella.
A poorly informed visitor would probably be surprised to find that this city, aside from having the largest concentration of golf courses in Spain and a large part of Europe, luxury hotels, leisure ports, unusually sophisticated restaurants and other establishments, a casino and excellent beaches all along its more than 20 kilometres of coast, has an extraordinarily interesting artistic and historical heritage and an old quarter that has so admirably withstood the invasion of the "latest fad" that has worn down so many wills.
Marbella’s cosmopolitan character has not diluted the city’s festive traditions—perhaps just the opposite. It has, however, diversified its entertainment offer to cater to an ever more heterogeneous population. The San Bernabé Fair in the first week of June is the celebration most deeply rooted in folk tradition of the entire Marbella festive calendar. During the day, the fair is held in the Arroyo de la Represa, and with the coming of night, the excitement moves to the fairgrounds. In both places a markedly Andalusian touch predominates, with foreign visitors joining in with genuine enjoyment. The various districts hold their own festivals. Nueva Andalucía’s are in the third week of July, Las Chapas’s in August and El Ángel’s in early October. In addition all the neighbourhoods of Marbella stage popular fiestas and street parties.
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Benalmádena // Useful information
The first human settlement in this municipality occurred in the Upper Palaeolithic period, as proven by remains discovered in the El Toro, Los Botijos and Las Zorreras caves. The Phoenicians established themselves in this region between the eighth and sixth centuries B. C., and there are also remains proving this in the coastal area. The Romans came later (a salted fish trading post at Benal-Roma and ruins of villas in Torremuelle and Capellanía), but it was the Arabs who provided the origin of the municipality’s name.
In Benalmádena Pueblo is the Santo Domingo church, whose construction dates from the seventeenth century but which later underwent such a thorough reconstruction that nothing remains of its original structure. There is a magnificent viewing point next to the church, and in these same surroundings, the architect César Manrique designed the Jardines del Muro (El Muro gardens), which command a very wide view with the sea as a backdrop.
Benalmádena’s festive calendar is ample enough to satisfy all tastes and interests, and includes every sort of event ranging from what might be called highly cultured to the most participatory and popular, from sports to verbenas (traditional street parties), and from religious to the purely entertaining.
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Torremolinos // Useful information
The first human settlements in this municipality date back no less than 150,000 years. That is the period from which date the nine human skulls found in the caves of El Tesoro, Los Tejones, El Encanto and Tapada. These caves no longer exist but used to be at Punta de Torremolinos, the present Castillo de Santa Clara, where clay vessels, axe heads, necklaces, bracelets and rings were also found. Neolithic remains (5,000 B. C.) have also been found of what according to the historian Juan Temboury was a Mesopotamian people who settled in this place, where they would have found an excellent climate, natural shelters and abundant water, game and fish.
Surely, it is because of its proximity to Málaga and the fact that for so many years, it was "just another neighbourhood" of the provincial capital, but Torremolinos has no remarkable monuments of any great antiquity except for the Torre Pimentel (Pimental tower). By way of compensation, however, it does have one of the most complete leisure offers on the Costa del Sol, an excellent sports and cultural infrastructure, some charming neighbourhoods, an impressive seafront promenade and some beaches whose quality has allowed it to maintain its position as a leading tourist destination.
Torremolinos, being a first-class tourism municipality, has a schedule of events that barely gives time for rest. The first event is the Campeonato de Baile Retro (The Retro Dance Championship) that is held in the Príncipe de Asturias Auditorium during the last week in February. Couples over 50 years of age from all over Europe participate in this unusual competition that draws a very large attendance to the auditorium each day. The tango, waltz, two-step, salsa, rock and twist are some of the most common styles in this championship, which carries the dance to other parts of the city with schedules that do not conflict with the official tests. The championship begins with a parade through the main streets of the town that has broken two world records: the largest gypsy costume and bridal gown in the world.