Are you planning to visit Fuengirola in August?
If you’re wondering what’s the weather like and how busy is it here, this article has all the answers you need.
Weather in Fuengirola in August
As you would expect, Fuengirola is pretty hot in the month of August.
This year, the temperatures did not go beyond 35C and were hovering around the low 30s. On some days, cool sea air will flow inside the city, which is a welcome break from the summer heat.
This year, the sea fog also visited and covered much of the city in a white blanket, which resulted in a big drop in temperatures – what a relief!
Apparently, this is an event that traces its roots all the way to Phoenicians and occurs fairly regularly every year. It is caused by warm south or south-east winds which are sweeping the cold air of the sea surface, which causes condensation of water and formation of fog pushed to the coastline. It’s not specific just to Fuengirola, but many other destinations on Costa del Sol.
Rain is almost unheard of in August, but some summer storms may find their way to the region. Usually, these pass down towards Marbella or to Malaga, they rarely make it to Fuengirola.
Humidity levels also rise in August, so some days are less tolerable while outside than others.
How Busy is Fuengirola in August?
I would say August is the busiest month of the year.
Fuengirola is predictably crowded, with Spanish people coming down here for the summer holidays and also people from abroad.
The beaches are crowded from morning till the early evening hours, and most people leave just when the lifeguards are leaving around 8pm.
All the restaurants in town are super busy, especially over the weekend, and there are just people everywhere you go. Finding a place to eat out on a Friday or Saturday night becomes a bit of a challenge.
A walk on the coastal promenade feels more like an obstacle race with so many people walking with dogs, kids, and people returning from the beach.
August makes the city feel very crowded, but you can find ways to enjoy some peaceful moments – for example, an early morning walk by the sea.
What’s Happening in August?
August is a fairly quiet month in Fuengirola.
In Marenostrum next to the castle, there are still some summer festival concerts finishing off in August. While Fuengirola may be quiet, there is a massive feria in Malaga each year, something I’m yet to experience myself.
Just as during the rest of the year, you can also visit the local flea market every Saturday, and a market with fresh products and clothing on Tuesdays.
Fuengirola: Recommended Day Trips & Experiences
- Caminito del Rey Day Trip with Guide – explore the world-famous pathway of the king, and admire the stunning views from the gorge El Chorro. Includes pick up in Fuengirola, entrance to Caminito del Rey and helmets.
- Day Trip to Gibraltar – with pick up from Fuengirola with a minibus, with free time in Gibraltar for shopping and an optional tour of the nature reserve.
- Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour – a more structured day trip with a full tour of the nature reserve, showing you all the highlights, with free time for shopping. Pick up from Fuengirola.
- Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas Day Trip – see the famous Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, with one of the oldest bullrings in the country, and admire the homes and restaurants built into caves in Setenil. Pick-up in Fuengirola – includes a walking tour of Ronda and a complimentary glass of wine in Ronda.
- Day Trip to Granada with Alhambra Tour – see one of the architectural wonders of Spain, the Moorish Palace complex of Alhambra, with free time to explore Granada. Includes pick-up from Fuengirola, tickets to Alhambra and a guide.
Holiday Tips for August
If you’re coming here during the busiest month, some practical tips below may come in handy.
- The beaches get super busy during the day. If you’re planning a beach day, get there ideally before 9am to get the best seats on sun chairs with umbrellas, or to take your own space closer to the seat. The beaches start filling up the most around lunchtime, with locals staying there for the whole day, usually till late hours
- If you’re renting an apartment, make sure it includes access to dedicated parking space – that’s in case you are renting a car. Finding a parking space this time of year is near impossible.
- Apartments with communal pools sound great, in reality, they are usually packed with people from the early hours in the morning. Keep this in mind and manage your expectations.
- Supermarkets, mainly the big ones in central areas – like Mercadona in Los Boliches – get really busy and crowded during the day. It’s best to get there early in the morning to do your shopping in peace.
- If you want to dine in a specific restaurant, it’s a good idea to make a reservation to ensure they have space for you
- If you’re taking a taxi from the airport to Fuengirola, I found using the local taxis at the rank there much cheaper than a pre-booked taxi (paid 40 euros for prebooked, while on spot taxi takes me home for under 30 euros)
If there is anything specific you’re interested about, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be happy to help!
Monthly Weather Updates for Fuengirola
Here is a full list of the detailed monthly updates done so far, more to be added!
- January: January in Fuengirola: A Guide by a Local Expat
- February: Fuengirola Weather in February: A Local Update
- March: Weather in Fuengirola in March: Local Update
- April: Weather in Fuengirola in April: Local Update
- May: May in Fuengirola: Local Expat’s Guide
- June: June in Fuengirola: Local Guide
- July: Fuengirola Weather in July: A Local Update
- September: Weather in Fuengirola in September: Local Update
- October: Fuengirola in October: A Report from a Local Expat
- November: Fuengirola in November: A Guide by a Local Expat
- December: December in Fuengirola: a Guide by a Local Expat
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Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide
Is it safe to drive in Spain?
YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE?
PUBLIC TRANSPORT — Southern Spain has a well-established and modern network of trains and buses. To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.
DAY TRIPS — If you don’t like the hassle of using public transport, local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.
WHERE SHOULD I BOOK MY ACCOMMODATION?
BOOKING.COM — I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE STORE OPTIONS IN THE CITIES?
YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.
DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD FOR THIS TRIP?
YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.
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