Fuengirola Feria (Festival) 2011


Fuengirola’s patron is “Virgen del Rosario” and so every year from the 6th till the 12th of October, we celebrate our towns Feria (festival). This year at our Hotel Florida Spa, we wanted our guests to get the feel of a feria and have fun all together so we organised a party. It was a lot of fun sharing our traditions with all of you and now here you have a video to see it all again. For those of you that were not able to be with us, this video will give you an idea of what it is like and make you feel a little closer to us. We hope you like it!




To ask a spanish what a tapa is, is like asking an Englishmen about the tea. Nevertheless, although its meaning is worldwide known, a small snack or appetizer of food, less people know about its origins.

To widen your knowledge about this tradition, we would like to make a comment on the etymology of the word. “Tapa” means cover. The use of this word for small portions of food comes from the tradition of covering the drink with a piece of bread to protect it from dust or flies. However, another popular explanation says that the king Alfonso XIII stopped by a famous tavern in Cádiz (Andalusian city) where he ordered a cup of wine. The waiter covered the glass with a slice of cured ham before offering it to the king, to protect the wine from the beach sand, as Cádiz is a windy place. The king, after drinking the wine and eating the tapa, ordered another wine “with the cover”.

The word tapa was incorporated to the spanish language as an andalusian term and rapidly got extended throughout the territory. For this reason, the Costa del Sol is a perfect place to enjoy a good tapa. The Hotel Florida, situated near the center of Fuengirola, is the perfect place to stay at to try tapas as it is situated very close to local bars and taverns.

Yara Martin
Guest Relations Manager

A few words to say THANK YOU!


For our company our guest’s satisfaction has always been one of the most important columns that forms our hotel. The questionaries you have available in your rooms, that you kindly fill in, have always been a source of inspiration, motivation and a great guide to us.

In addition to this there are now travelers review web pages. One of the most know is Tripadvisor. Thanks to this tool, that is available to everyone, your comments are not only useful for us to measure satisfaction but also to future guests that can get an approximate idea of what our hotel and Fuengirola are like.

For this, with this post we would like to transmit to you our most sincere gratitude for sharing your experience at our Hotel Florida Spa on Tripadvisor’s website.

Yesterday we received this certificate and we wanted to take the opportunity to share the news with you. From here we would also like to thank the guests that not only give us a mark but that also offer us suggestions. This keeps us on a continuous improvement atmosphere to be able to continue offering unforgettable experiences.

Lastly we also take this opportunity to mention our staff. Most of your comments on Tripadvisor, questionnaires, postcards and Facebook mention our  wonderful team. We are very proud of the family we have formed and this certificate is for them.

Thank you for your loyalty and support.

Yara Martín
Guest Relations Manager