Welcome to my regular monthly update about Fuengirola!
May has to be my favourite month in the city – everything is in full bloom, the holidaymakers have not yet fully overtaken the beaches and the temperatures are just perfect.
If you’re wondering if the weather in Fuengirola in May is good enough for a holiday, the answer is YES.
Here is a short monthly update that contains everything you might be interested to know before booking your holiday in Fuengirola for May:
Weather in May
We’ve been very unfortunate this year with a very cold and super long spring, with very low temperatures both and night and during the day.
Luck was back on our side in May again, even though the temperatures are only now (at the end of the month) coming back to the usual standards, between 25C and 27C.
The most noticeable difference is also in the night temperatures, as the houses and flats don’t feel so cold anymore, and it may be the first month when you start using air conditioning.
Rain is almost unheard of this month, and May tends to be more stable weather-wise compared to April.
Fuengirola in Full Bloom
May is the month when everything comes to life, and that includes these gorgeous Jacaranda trees planted alongside the main roads in Fuengirola.
The municipality also planted a lot of new flowers alongside the bridges and squares, so everything looks picture-perfect.
Beach Upgrades in Fuengirola
This year, the municipality invested heavily in upgrading the beaches following two slow years of covid aftermath.
The changes include brand new pavements, this time actually made from concrete instead of wood, brand new outdoor beach showers, and new shaded entrances to the beaches (pictures below).
A few of the chiringuitos near the middle of the coastal promenade have been completely ripped off, including the basement, and have been rebuilt from scratch. Despite being planned for opening in April, they still remain closed and not finished.
The changes were long overdue and will certainly improve the enjoyment of the beaches by visitors.
Holiday in Fuengirola in May
May is one of the less crowded months in Fuengirola, but with good weather and summer services operating as usual.
The sun beds with umbrellas are ready to welcome the visitors and almost all the restaurants that have been closed for the winter season and are fully operational, and getting busy (they usually open up as early as end of March).
The prices in May are also still relatively affordable and start to climb quickly as you get to the end of the month, signaling the start of the busiest season for the city.
Local supermarkets are still not operating their summer hours (they are closed on Sundays), but you can get some basics in terms of food from the small kiosk shops that line the main coastal promenade.
What’s Happening in Fuengirola in May?
Some summer events have already been planned in Fuengirola for the end of May, most of them happening in Mare Nostrum near the castle.
The same place is home to a summer festival, hosting stars like Simply Red, Texas and others, and a few other cool events like Flamenco festival. Check out the details and buy the tickets on their website here.
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.
Things to do in Fuengirola in May
- 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
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
- 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
Explore Around Fuengirola
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The Most Beautiful Photography Locations in Mijas Pueblo
How to Spend a Day in Marbella: One Day Itinerary
15 Fantastic Things to Do in Benalmadena: Recommended by a Local
Molino de Inca: A Hidden Oasis in Torremolinos
Castillo de Colomares: The Fairy Tale Castle in Benalmadena
10 Things to Do in Mijas Pueblo
Best Restaurants in Marbella: Guide by a Local Foodie
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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