El Centro (The Centre) District of Fuengirola
The heart of Fuengirola is the Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square) and takes in the radius including the train station (RENFE) and nearby bus station to the east and along towards the Castle to the west. Also included in the part known as the town centre is a labyrinth of little streets out from each side the square and down to the beach. Further west is popularly referred to as the Castle area (referring to the Sohail Castle).
Very much part of the centre is the network of little pedestrian streets off either side of the square with all its little bars and restaurants. One such street, which runs parallel to the seafront, is popularly known amongst the British residents and regular visitors as “Fish Alley”. There are not only excellent fish restaurants - all with tables and chairs set out to tempt you to sit down and eat – but there are also steak houses, pizzerias, Chinese restaurants and much more. Menus are set out for you to inspect, so that you can choose the type of food and budget that suits your needs. These restaurants are open the whole year round and even in the cooler winter months, this little area can be buzzing with activity.
The other streets off the Plaza de la Constitución main square also offer some very interesting restaurants and bars, from excellent bodega type establishments with superb Spanish Serrano ham to highly imaginative vegetarian restaurants or romantic bistros. It is a pleasure to wander around these narrow little streets.
One of the most popular places to meet and begin the evening in Fuengirola is the Plaza Bar in the main Square. Not only is it a favourite and central meeting place, but is also ideal for simply watching the world go by. If you want to sit outside at one of the tables in the square, it is advisable to be there well before 9 p.m., by which time it may be standing room only around the lovely old bar inside.