Pueblo Lopez is a surprisingly picturesque little residential community between El Boquetillo neighbourhood and the town centre. This neighbourhood was built in the early 1960’s by an English builder who was determined not to succumb to the increasing tendency at that time to construct high rise buildings. Although incredible to imagine today, when construction began, this neighbourhood was surrounded by fields. This enclave of one and two storey, pretty little houses and apartments has become one of the most sought after areas for property in Fuengirola. It is like a small village within the ever expanding town. It encompasses all the charm of an Andalucian pueblo, while having every amenity of the modern town right on the doorstep. The train and bus station are literally two minutes walk away, as is the main Fuengirola market (fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, etc.).
One of Fuengirola's best kept secrets is a family run restaurant hidden in a small cobbled square – Restaurante Pueblo Lopez (Tel: 952 471929) at the heart of this neighbourhood. People who come across this little restaurant are always surprised to find such a gem so close to the centre of this large, expanding town. It is simply idyllic. There is another bar/restaurant called Crumps in Pueblo Lopez, where live jazz sessions are held on Sunday evenings.
The neighbourhood is very cosmopolitan with some families having lived in the same house for 30 or even 40 years. This village atmosphere so close to the centre of town has attracted residents from all walks of life, including some well known artists and writers. Although most of the houses have undergone interior renovation over the years, the community of owners ensures that the whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and well-kept patios maintain the traditional Andalucian beauty. Since many people still enjoy the luxury of real log fires in this area, walking through the little cobbled walkways in winter is reminiscent of being in a little mountain village setting.
For many years now, the Fuengirola proudly shows photos of the pretty Andalucian houses and its cobbled streets on the marketing material.