Planning to travel or spend February in Fuengirola?
In that case, you’re at the right place!
In this article, you will find in-depth information beyond some average temperatures and rainy days, written by someone who actually lives in Fuengirola.
Fuengirola has been my home for over three years, so this will be my third winter spent in the city. As such, I have plenty of experience with what February offers and I’m excited to share that with you.
Below are the most frequent questions not just about the weather conditions, but generally about life in Fuengirola in the winter. If you wanted to know something specific that has not been answered here, feel free to leave a comment below the article.
February Weather in Fuengirola
For the winter season, there are still plenty of sunny days around Fuengirola. Even the occasional cloudy day normally clears out by afternoon, and you can bask in warm sunshine for rest of the day.
Most of the days in February the weather is a mix of partly cloudy and fully sunny days.
On average, you can expect to see 2 to 5 rainy days per month.
The rainy days normally concentrate to one or two days max, I’ve never encountered a month when it would rain 5 days in a row.
February is one of the coldest months of the year together with January. Despite that, it’s still much warmer compared to other places in Europe.
The average temperatures fluctuate year on year, some years you could have a very warm winter with the freeze arriving in early spring, but in other years the cold really starts biting as soon as the calendar turns to January.
On average, you can expect temperatures between 18C and 8C. These are just day temperatures, the early morning and late evening temperatures will be lower and you will need much warmer clothing to take with you.
Also, the night temperatures can go as low as 5C, which you can really feel if you’re staying in a rented apartment as none of them has insulation and no central heating.
The sea temperature in February reaches around 15C, which is way too cold for swimming, but you will be fine in a wetsuit.
Facilities & Tourist Activities in February
If you’re planning to spend some time in Fuengirola in February, you might find that the number and variety of hotels are very limited. That’s because a lot of them will close for the winter season, roughly from November until March.
Some of the bigger hotels like Higueron will stay open all year round. You also have plenty of options in choosing an apartment close to the sea, and they tend to be cheaper and better value this time of the year.
If you’re planning to spend some time on the beach, almost all the sunchairs that are available for rental are packed away for winter. There are a few spots in Los Boliches where you will find a few still available.
Most of the restaurants operate as normal even during the winter, but a small percentage will close for the winter month, expecting the visitors to return sometime in March and April with the first influx of tourists to the city.
What to Do in Fuengirola in February
Most of the activities that you would like to do in the summer are fully open in February, with the obvious exception of water sports.
From my experience, I would recommend the following:
- climbing the hill to see the Sohail Castle
- visiting the Bioparc in Fuengirola
- trying out some of the best local restaurants
- taking a day trip out of the town to see the highlights of Malaga
- see the old town of Fuengirola
- do a bit of shopping in the Miramar shopping centre
- play minigolf if you’re visiting with kids (next to Miramar shopping centre)
- take a day trip to Marbella and explore the old town
- spend a day exploring the next door town of Benalmadena
- head up to the hills to explore the pretty village of Mijas Pueblo
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.
What to do in Fuengirola When it Rains
If you’re in the need of a rainy day activities, there are a handful of things you can consider:
- Going to the cinema in Miramar (be sure to check that the movie is in the original language and not dubbed in Spanish – they often do that instead of including Spanish subtitles)
- Enjoying some board games in your hotel room or apartment
- Visiting one of the small churches in Fuengirola
- Enjoying a drink in one of the coastal bars and watching the rain
- Best alternative? Hop in a car and drive somewhere for a day trip – chances are you will find plenty of places that are dry and worth discovering
What to Pack for a Trip in February
If you’re staying for a holiday in February, you will need warm clothes with you, even though the temperatures might tempt you to pack something lighter.
While it’s really warm when you’re sitting in the sun, the mornings and evenings are really cold, and sometimes you also get the strong wind blowing from the sea, so it feels pretty cold.
If you’re staying in an apartment, bring a pair of slippers as locals don’t use carpets and the floors are really cold. Waterproof shoes and a windbreaker type of jacket are also a good idea.
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
- 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
- August: August in Fuengirola: Local Expat’s Guide
- 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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