LIVING IN FUENGIROLA: A GUIDE FOR EX-PATS

With endless soft sandy beaches, year-round hot sunny weather, delicious local cuisine and lively nightlife, it`s no wonder that many visitors to Fuengirola find it difficult to leave.

Sandwiched between the (in)famous Marbella and the equally riotous tourist resort of Torremolinos, the picturesque resort has happily not been overdeveloped to any where near the same extent as its rather rowdy neighbours.

The resort`s location on Spain`s famous Costa del Sol (which translates as Coast of the Sun) in beautiful Andalucia guarantees a pleasant climate all year round and the temperatures really soar at the height of summer. Although a little quieter than its neighbours, Fuengirola will not disappoint visitors looking for fun in the sun - there are more bars and nightclubs than you can shake a stick at and healthy competition between establishments helps to keep prices down - great news for budget travellers.

If the nightlife and tourist attractions in Fuengirola itself fail to keep boredom at bay, visitors will find that both Marbella (25km east) and Torremolinos, (18 km west) are within easy reach by public transport. Meanwhile, those who like life a little quieter will enjoy the unspoiled beaches of adjoining Los Boliches and can spend many a happy hour exploring the beautiful Andalucian countryside.

Fuengirola`s popularity among Brits and other Europeans from colder climates means that there is now a thriving ex-pat community in the resort and it is perhaps more common to hear English spoken than Spanish. Foreigners flock here to find their place in the sun, with many younger people looking for bar and restaurant work. Although there is work to be found here, the sheer number of foreigners looking for work means that employers can afford to be choosy. Learning to speak Spanish will give job-seekers a distinct advantage, but even bi-lingual and tri-lingual ex-pats may have to do some serious hunting to find work that pays more than the bare minimum.

Telesales work is another common mode of employment in Fuengirola, while there is work in the tourism industry for those with relevant experience and/or qualifications and with a lively, out-going attitude.

It`s not hard to see what keeps people flocking to Fuengirola - whether it`s for a short break in the sun or a complete change of lifestyle. The golden beaches stretch for over eight kilometres, banked by swaying palm trees. The waters are calm and clear, making them excellent territory for snorkelling and scuba diving. Watersports are another popular activity in Fuengirola and fish-lovers will be overjoyed at the delicious fresh fish and seafood that is served up day and night at the many laid-back beach bars.

The resort is extremely family-friendly, with no end of activities to keep children and teenagers out of trouble. Animal lovers of all ages will be charmed by Fuengirola Zoo, which is famous for the excellent conditions in which the animals are kept. The zoo attempts to recreate its residents` natural habitats - from Africa and Asia to Madagascar - and during the summer there are special late-night visits until 1am.

Waterparks, theme parks and sea life centres can be found in and around Fuengirola, while golf lovers flock here to play a few rounds at the excellent Mijas Golf Course, just two miles away. Foodie types will not be disappointed either - Andalucian cuisine is famous the world over and in Fuengirola you will find everything from simple beach side shacks selling the catch of the day, to upscale restaurants boasting award-winning cuisine. Jump on a plane for a cheap holiday in Fuengirola and who knows? You may never leave!

Published: http://www.inmalagatoday.com/content/living-fuengirola-guide-ex-pats

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