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

Creative contest for Hotel Florida’s slogan


After receiving various comments and suggestions for our new website we have decided to create a contest so that you, can be the ones to design our new slogan for Hotel Florida Spa in Fuengirola.

We highly appreciate your opinion and would like to thank you for all the reviews you write about our hotel on internet sites for other travellers to see. Thanks to you, more and more people get to know us every day. In this case you only have to write one sentence, the one sentence you think describes our hotel the best. This slogan will be the one we post in our website.

How to participate?

1) You write your proposal on our discussion board in Facebook by clicking here

2) All the staff will choose the best slogan.

3) We will announce the winner on the 29th of August at the Cocktail party and for those of you that wont be here at the time, on our facebook page online at around 18:30 – 19:00.


2 nights for FREE at Hotel Florida Spa for two, Spa circuit included (bed and breakfast)

Are you up for it? We are waiting for your slogan…

Yara Martín
Guest Relations Manager