You can write a book about Fuengirola, one of the biggest cities and urban areas on the Costa del Sol, so this can only be some general information, but the official tourist websites offer a wealth of useful information.
With 75,000 inhabitants, it offers thousands of shops, restaurants, and bars, but most importantly, the longest stretch of sea front and beach, with all its bars and restaurants on the Costa del Sol.
Fuengirola offers as much sun, beaches, sea front promenade, marinas, shopping centres, water parks, Tapas Bars, quaint little squares and alleys as its more famous sister town of Marbella further down the coast, but at half the price.
Go to a typical Spanish bar in Fuengirola and enjoy a Café con Leche with a (good) Brandy, and the bill will put a smile on your face, as it will typically be around 3€, no, not each, in total. Same thing for lunch on the beach front.
Have the local speciality “Espeto de Sardina”.
A skewer with fresh sardines, caught pretty much where you sit the same morning, basted with olive oil and lemon juice, prepared over a live fire of old olive wood on the beach, and wash it down with an ice cold glass of the local favourite beer “Victoria”, and you will get plenty of change on a ten € note.
There is so much to do in Fuengirola, that people come back year after year, and still find new things to do and new places to see.
And Fuengirola is linked to the Airport by the local commuter trains, which are new, clean, fast and surprisingly cheap, a few Euros will get you to Fuengirola from the airport 25 km away.
Where the beach front with its many 1st line beach hotels, attracts many foreign visitors, Fuengirola as such, is very Spanish, with many very lively Spanish areas with its own charm and atmosphere.
The Spanish are always very friendly to foreigners, and even though your Spanish may have a lot to be desired, and the Spanish only know a few words in English, they will always treat you like a local and try to speak with you.
So try to venture into the heart of Fuengirola, away from the tourist hot spots, go into a Spanish bar with no other foreigners, and prepare yourself for a great time, you may even pick up a Spanish phrase or two.
And remember, the Costa del Sol is a very safe place to be. You can go anywhere you want, day and night, without worrying about “Is it Safe?”