Fuengirola is a shopper's paradise. In and around the main square Plaza de la Constitucion, there are many designer clothes shops, interesting small boutiques and a branch of the popular chain, Dunnes Stores.
Or you can choose from one of the many high street shops such as Zara, Benetton, Pull & Bear, etc. Expect to pay more at the more exclusive Spanish boutiques. If you really like this more glitzy Spanish style for men and women, take a stroll along the sea front (east, towards Los Boliches).
The main supermarkets are Cayetano (Euromarket) on the main road close to the main square, Supersol and Mercadona - both near the train station and the main municipal fruit, vegetable, meat and fish market - right opposite the train station. There are other supermarkets and mini-markets all Fuengirola, including a 'Spainsbury's' and 'Iceland', as well as the more economical chain, Lidl. OpenCor is an offshoot of the large Spanish department store, El Corte Ingles. There are OpenCor food stores, some of which are open until 23:00.
Until recently, there were two main hypermarkets to choose from, just off the main A7 motorway bypassing Fuengirola (Euromarket and Hyper Andalucia (Dunnes Stores). These have now been dwarfed by the massive shopping mall called the Miramar Centre (opposite the castle at the last exit for Fuengirola in the direction of Marbella) and now there is a huge El Corte Ingles department store, incorporation a very large Hipercor food hall.
Miramar Shopping Centre with Multi Cinema
You can't miss the huge Miramar shopping and leisure centre on the right at the final exit off the A7 (old N340) road in the Marbella direction. It is opposite the landmark castle (Castillo Sohail). Opened at the beginning of 2004, this centre on three levels and has everything you need under one roof, from latest fashions or soft furnishings, flat screen television or a bouquet of flowers and an awful lot more - in short it is everything you could expect of a 21st century commercial centre.
There are regular local buses running from the central bus station in Fuengirola to both of these main shopping centres and both have extensive parking space on site.
Shop until you drop at Miramar
With over 50 shops to chose from, many of them familiar high street brands as well as some very interesting Spanish ones, shopping is easy in the air conditioned comfort of this new centre. The shops include: Dorothy Perkins, Wallace, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Benetton, Mango, Timberland, Pepe Jeans, Jack & Jones, Adolfo Dominguez, Pif Paf, Evans, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Oysho, Springfield, Punto Roma, Bershka, Chanagra, Imaginarium and even C & A kids.
Other interesting boutiques for accessories, shoes, etc. include; Cosas y Ropa, Champs Elisees, Shoes Faktory, Prechilo, Suenos, Amichi, Tinto Reto, Cappucine Fashion, Trece 13, Tusks, BSM Faktory, Roberto Martin, Rayella, to mention but a few.
The mix of familiar brand names together with sizzling Spanish fashion offers a unique shopping opportunity and the chance to mix and match with style, elegance and originality at affordable prices.
For the Home:
Furniture, soft furnishings and DIY - it's all available under the same roof. Shops include; Casa, Dismar Decoration, Décor Arte, La Oca, Natuzzi and Zara Home and more. As well as furniture and decoration, you can also buy washing machines, fridges and all electrical goods, as well as DVD, TV's, etc. and all at competitive prices.
The Eroski Supermarket:
This massive supermarket covers over 8,000 m2. The food and wines section is vast and has a great variety for all tastes and all at reasonable prices. You can also buy shoes and clothes for all the family, garden furniture and household goods, including electronic goods, computers, CD's, books and lots more. The prices are competitive and if you have an eye for a bargain you can take advantage of some of the special offers.
Other shops, services, cafes and restaurants:
As well as all the above, there are many other specialist shops for sports wear and items, perfume and cosmetics, jewellery, watches, camera and photo shop, florist, pet shop and much more. Services include key cutters, opticians, dry cleaners, internet café, etc. as well as some 20 bars, cafes, restaurant and fast food outlets to keep you going as you shop.
The Multiplex Cinema
The Miramar shopping and leisure centre is also home to a large multi cinema, offering the latest release films, including English language films. The Multiplex Cinema Centre, on the third floor of the Miramar Complex, has 12 state of the art cinemas, with at least one and often two in the original English version showing.
If you have young children, then you might head for the second floor where there is a play area with bouncy castles, trains, boats, etc. where children can let burn off some energy if they get bored with the shops.
Miramar has free outside and underground parking for a total of over 2000 cars. Using the underground parking is usually first choice in an attempt to avoid coming back to a car as hot as an oven!
Miramar Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00 Monday to Saturday Information Tel: 952 19 81 95 Location: Off the A7 (N340) opposite the Castle, Fuengirola.
El Corte Ingles & Hipercor
Another massive shopping centre is that of the new El Corte Ingles Commercial Centre which you can't miss and is just off the A7 motorway on the outskirts of Fuengirola, in the Mijas Costa neighbourhood of Las Lagunas. Again, this is a huge shopping centre carrying the excellent reputation of this very well known Spanish store.
The Hipercor food hall and hypermarket section on the lower ground floor, offers the highest standard and quality of food for all tastes. Inside the massive store, many offers and stores news are announced in clear English. Most members of staff speak English, too.
Other floors have fashion, perfume and cosmetics, sports clothes and equipment, soft furnishings, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings, cameras, TV's and other electrical goods, books, music, musical instruments, etc.
There is plenty of parking and a regular bus service from the centre of Fuengirola. It is also easy to walk to El Corte Ingles, by following the Avenida de Mijas to the top, where it meets the A7 motorway. There is a pedestrian crossing at the roundabout under the road that leads you right over to the shopping centre. From the centre of Fuengirola, this should only take about 20 minutes. If you return home loaded with heavy bags of purchases, you can always take the bus or a taxi back!
Fuengirola Street Markets
Tuesday and Saturday mornings: Venue: Recinto Ferial - Fuengirola Fair Ground
To find the market, follow the train line from Fuengirola to Los Boliches. It is roughly equidistant between the two stations, on the left hand side coming from Fuengirola. Local buses also stop at the market ground entrance. The Fuengirola Tuesday and Saturday Markets are hard to miss. It covers most of the huge fair ground area and is one of the biggest markets of its kind in Spain. It is quite an Aladdin's cave for bargains and is well worth a look around. From new and second-hand clothes, furniture, antiques, novelties, to leather goods, souvenirs and bric-a-brac and much more, this market has it all. As with all bustling street markets, you are advised to keep your valuables close to you and out of sight and be aware that there may be pick pockets working the area.
Sunday: Venue: Near the landmark Piramides Hotel (on the west (Castle) end of Fuengirola)
This is a fun market, selling all the usual things, including pottery, handbags, clothes, gadgets and much more. It used to be held at the port area of Fuengirola, but has been moved to allow for more space and freedom of movement. There are bars and restaurants open nearby.
If you are looking for a bargain or like to search for something original, there are even charity shops now in the centre of Fuengirola. The most established and best known is the Cudeca Charity shop, just a few minutes walk from the train station. This is just one of 11 of Cudeca's shops along the coast and it is a great place to find designer labels, without paying the earth. The standard of clothes and other items are surprisingly high. This could be due to the fact that many people, who are moving to and from UK and other countries, often have to downsize or change their lifestyles and so many things are donated to this very good cause.
The above is only a brief overview of shopping in Fuengirola. Generally speaking in each Fuengirola neighbourhood there are very interesting and useful shops for clothes, household goods, foodstuffs, gardening tools, etc. Shopping locally can sometimes add a few Euros to the price, especially when buying large items for the home and garden, but in general you will find shops and stores nearby.
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