What to Wear in Fuengirola: Month by Month Packing Guide

What to Wear in Fuengirola: Month by Month Packing Guide

Planning a trip to Fuengirola on Costa del Sol?

If you’re wondering what to wear and what to pack, then this guide is exactly what you need.

I have been living in Fuengirola since 2020, and as a local I’m very familiar with the different weather conditions throughout the year.

I wrote this guide based on my personal experience with the different seasons, taking into account the practicalities of packing for a shorter or longer trip to Fuengirola.

You can see recommendations for each month of the year, but also more general tips for your packing list. At the end of the post I added tips on where to shop in Fuengirola in case you leave something behind.

Let’s jump in!

beach in the summer in Fuengirola, Costa del Sol
Summer on a beach in Fuengirola.

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What to Wear in Fuengirola in January

In the cooler January climate, with temperatures between 8°C to 17°C, and a lot of rain around. Your suitcase should include:

  • Layers such as light sweaters and long-sleeve shirts
  • A medium-weight jacket for the evenings
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • An umbrella or raincoat for occasional showers

For detailed article on weather conditions in January check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in February

Similar to January, February is cool with possible rain. Pack:

  • Layered outfits including long-sleeve tops and sweaters
  • A warm jacket for evening chills
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Rain protection, like a compact umbrella

For detailed article on weather conditions in February check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in March

As spring emerges, bring along:

  • T-shirts for layering with long-sleeve shirts
  • A lightweight jacket or cardigan for cooler evenings
  • Scarves for both warmth and style
  • Closed-toe shoes, with sandals for warmer days

For detailed article on weather conditions in March check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in April

April’s mild weather means:

  • A mix of t-shirts and light long-sleeve shirts for layering
  • A light jacket or stylish cardigan
  • Scarves for a splash of color and warmth on breezy days
  • A combination of comfortable footwear including closed and open-toe options

For detailed article on weather conditions in April check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in May

With the temperature rising, include:

  • Light, breathable clothing for sunny days
  • Sun protection: hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Swimwear for beach outings
  • Sandals and flip-flops for beach and town

For detailed article on weather conditions in May check here.

El Higueron Restaurante, Fuengirola
Enjoy summer evenings in a light cotton dress (and a glass of wine of course!)

What to Wear in Fuengirola in June

June’s warmth calls for:

  • Lightweight, airy fabrics to stay cool
  • High SPF sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses for sun protection
  • Multiple swimsuits for frequent beach visits
  • Comfortable sandals for exploring

For detailed article on weather conditions in June check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in July

Prepare for the heat of July with:

  • Ultra-lightweight clothing in natural materials
  • Strong sunblock, protective hats, and sunglasses
  • Plenty of swimwear for extended beach time
  • Breathable shoes for hot surfaces

For detailed article on weather conditions in July check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in August

August remains intensely warm, so pack:

  • Minimal, loose-fitting clothes for maximum comfort
  • High SPF sunscreen, hats, and UV sunglasses for sun safety
  • A variety of beachwear
  • Lightweight shoes and sandals for comfort

For detailed article on weather conditions in August check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in September

As summer lingers, September requires:

  • Summer wear with a few long-sleeve items for cooler evenings
  • A lightweight jacket or sweater
  • Swimwear, as beach days are still very much enjoyable

For detailed article on weather conditions in September check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in October

With warm days and cooler nights, October needs:

  • Light clothing with layering options for variable temperatures
  • A light jacket or cardigan for evenings
  • Still some swimwear, as the water can be warm

For detailed article on weather conditions in October check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in November

As autumn settles in, November calls for:

  • Layered clothing with sweaters and long-sleeve tops
  • A warm jacket for cooler temperatures
  • Closed-toe shoes for comfort and warmth
  • An umbrella for occasional rain showers

For detailed article on weather conditions in November check here.

What to Wear in Fuengirola in December

In December, prepare for cooler weather with:

  • Warm layers to adjust to changing temperatures
  • A sturdy jacket for cold evenings
  • Comfortable, warm footwear
  • Rain gear, as showers are more common

For detailed article on weather conditions in December check here.

What to Pack for Kids for a Trip to Fuengirola

For kids, choose clothing made from light, breathable fabrics and plenty of swimming trunks or swimsuits. If you don’t have a hat for them, you can buy one at any of the small shops by the coastline.

You can also bring kids beach clothing with SPF protection layer, so you don’t need to spend the whole day re-applying sun lotion. If you don’t have one already, you can buy these at H&M store at the Miramar Shopping Mall in Fuengirola.

The same shops also have a great selection of beach toys, balls, and shovels to make the day at the beach even more fun.

Pack their sunscreen with you – those available in the small shops are usually very overpriced, and the only other option is pharmacies, which also tend to cost a lot of money.

What to Wear in Fuengirola for a Week: Packing List

Whether you’re planning to bask under the Mediterranean sun, explore the rest of Southern Spain, or enjoy Fuengirola nightlife, having the right outfits can make your trip even more enjoyable. Here’s my ultimate packing list for a week in Fuengirola, for summer holidays:

  • Daywear: Pack a mix of casual shirts, blouses, and T-shirts. Opt for materials like cotton and linen that keep you cool and comfortable under the sun.
  • Evening Outfits: Bring along a couple of smart-casual outfits for dining out or enjoying the nightlife. A light dress for women and a pair of chinos with a polo shirt for men can be perfect choices.
  • Beachwear: Don’t forget your swimsuits, cover-ups, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect you from the sun.
  • Walking Shoes: You’ll likely spend a lot of time on your feet exploring, so comfortable shoes are a must.
  • Sandals: Ideal for the beach and casual strolls along the promenade.
  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes and add a touch of style with a good pair of UV-protective sunglasses.
  • Day Bag and Evening Bag: A small clutch and crossbody bag for carrying your essentials during the day and evenings.
  • Sunscreen: The sun in Fuengirola can be strong, so high SPF sunscreen is essential.
  • Light Jacket or Sweater: Evenings can sometimes get a bit cooler, especially outside of the summer months.
  • Electronics: Don’t forget your charger and an adapter if you’re coming from outside Europe.

Shops in Fuengirola

Should you forget anything, Fuengirola offers great shopping solutions:

  • Miramar Shopping Centre: A comprehensive spot for all your fashion and accessory needs. Check the list of shops here.
  • Kiosk Shops on Paseo Maritimo: These small shops are a convenient option if you quickly need to replace your beachwear, grab some beach toys for kids, or get a new hat. The quality is not great, so don’t spend too much money there.
  • Boutique Shops: Scattered around Fuengirola’s old town, offering lots of options for upgrading your wardrobe while in town.
  • Weekly Markets: Tuesday market in Fuengirola (on the Feria ground) is great for lots of clothing options, on Saturday you can visit the fleamarket at the same location.
Miramar shopping mall
Miramar Shopping Mall in Fuengirola

Practical Packing Tips

  • Roll, Don’t Fold: Rolling clothes saves space and reduces wrinkles.
  • Choose Versatility: Items that can be dressed up or down maximize your wardrobe options.
  • Packing Cubes: These handy organizers keep your suitcase neat and your items accessible.
  • Don’t Overpack: Chances are, you’ll return with more than you brought. Allow space for souvenirs .

Plan Your Trip to Fuengirola

Airport Transport

Once you booked your hotel or apartment, you should book your airport transport as soon as possible.

In the summer months, Malaga airport is incredibly busy, and you might end up waiting a long time for a taxi to get to your accommodation.

I highly recommend using Get Transfer – it’s a price comparison platform where you enter your trip details and it will show you options for airport transport from local companies.

You can find the best deals and options there, including extras like car seats for kids or bigger cars for those traveling with more luggage.

I have used this company many times and the service and prices are great.

Car Rental

If you’re planning to rent a car, you should check Discover Cars to get the best price. Enter your trip details here and they will show you all the options from local car rental places.

You can quickly filter the options by prices, car type or deposit required, allowing you to find the perfect car at a great price.

You can choose Malaga Airport as your pick up and drop off location, and do all the paperwork online before you arrive.

Where to Stay

Fuengirola has a very long seafront, over 7 km long, so you have lots of options for chosing the accmodation according to your preference and budget.

Around the coastline, you will mostly find apartment rentals and a good selection of 2 – 4 star hotels. Anything more luxurious than that, five star resorts, are a little further away from the city – like the Higueron Hotel, where I stayed on a short weekend break.

higueron hotel fuengirola spain 26
The rooftop terrace of my Leiro Suite in Higueron Hotel.

I am very familiar with all the hotel options in the city as I walk past them every day, and would recommend the following ones:

  • Angela Hotel – recently beautifully renovated
  • Occidental Fuengirola – friends stayed there and loved it
  • Ilunion Hotel – great location and value for money
  • Higueron Hotel – I stayed there, it’s a bit further away from the city, great for those who want to be away from the crowds. They have a stunning infinity pool with amazing views.

What to See in Fuengirola

Need a little inspiration? Here are some articles that will give you plenty of ideas on what to do and see:

Final Thoughts

I hope this article has helped you to narrow down the choices for your suitcase,and gave you a pretty good idea about what to expect from your trip to Fuengirola.

If there is something specific you wanted to know and it wasn’t covered in this article, please leave a comment below and I will be happy to help.

Thank you for reading!

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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