Fishermen’s Cottages. They used to be the most common structures in Fuengirola. Since the late 1960s, things have changed dramatically. What was once a fishing village with few public services and with dirt roads connecting it to other smaller fishing villages is now a city of nearly 75,000 incorporating those other villages into the city itself. Our neighborhood, Los Boliches, was one of those smaller fishing villages. Some of the fishermen’s cottages have been squeezed out or overshadowed. But, many remain. Some have been enlarged. Some are restaurants, bars, or other businesses. But, they’re easily recognizable.
Fishing has remained a major industry here. At night, the sea glows with the lights of fishing boats of all sizes. In the early morning hours, I watch most of them head back into port. At those times, with our clear view of the Mediterranean Sea, I find it easy to imagine what it was like when this was still only a fishing village.