Fuengirola has been popular since the 60’s, amongst foreign nationals and Spaniards alike. As with many towns along these shores it was caught up in the tourist rush, changing from a sleepy fishing village into a bustling cosmopolitan community. Though places such as Torremolinos or Marbella may be more familiar to many people, Fuengirola is the more popular destination. Today the municipality of Fuengirola is the most densely populated in Malaga province.
Like its coastal neighbour Benalmadena; Fuengirola’s early popularity came as a result of Torremolinos (the pioneer of the tourist trade in Spain) becoming less fashionable. People were looking for something new and the small fishing town of Fuengirola with its quaint Los Boliches quarter proved to be the perfect destination. Considerable growth followed, though mainly in the form of large hotel complexes and associated businesses.