May in Fuengirola: Local Expat’s Guide

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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.

May in Fuengirola
May in Fuengirola
May in Fuengirola

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.

May in Fuengirola
May in Fuengirola
May in Fuengirola

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.

May in Fuengirola
May in Fuengirola

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

Monthly Weather Updates for Fuengirola

Here is a full list of the detailed monthly updates done so far, more to be added!

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Southern Spain Travel Tips

BEST CAR RENTAL

To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, an award winning price comparison site for car rentals.

BUS & TRAIN TICKETS

To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.

LOCAL TOURS

Local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.

HOTELS

I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and it’s the best place to book your hotel.

LUGGAGE STORE

If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage in all the destinations in Spain.

LOCAL SIM CARD

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.

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Lucia is a founder and travel writer at Viva La Vita. She has been living on Costa del Sol in Southern Spain (Fuengirola) since 2020. She helps travellers plan the perfect trip to Spain thanks to her local insights, practical tips and unique insider perspective complemented by original photography.

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