Mijas, Costas del Sol
Mijas is a beautiful town located on the southern coastline of Spain and one of the top tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol. Mijas was originally a town whose main source of income was fishing and agriculture, this changed significantly with the tourism boom in the 1960’s. The Village of Mijas (Mijas Pueblo in Spanish) is also known as the “White Village” and happens to be among the most recognisable of all towns and villages in southern Spain. Like all of the tourist locations on the Costa del Sol, Mijas is part of the province of Malaga, probably the most popular of all of the Spanish provinces for tourism. The town is split into several municipalities, below we provide a little information about the best known areas that make out the town.
Mijas Pueblo– The picturesque Village of Mijas (Mijas Pueblo) is set high up on the mountainside, some 430 metres above sea level. The village is particularly striking due to it’s whitewashed walls that stand out against the surrounding mountains. Mijas Pueblo is located to the north of Fuengirola and to the west of the popular tourist towns of Benalmadena and Torremolinos. This small village has a population of around 7,500 permanent inhabitants all year round but the numbers swell considerably during the summer. The beautiful cobbled streets surrounded by the mountains speak volumes of the traditional Andalucian culture on display here. The climate here is mild during winter and hot in the summer, this idyllic location is well known for the stunning views of the mountains, the Mediterranean coastline and surrounding tourist towns.
La Cala de Mijas – La Cala (The Bay) is located on the coastal area of the municipality to the west of Fuengirola and to the east of the City of Marbella. La Cala was a small fishing village until the tourism boom in the 1960’s and now has a population of around 25,000 permanent inhabitants. Originally named La Cala del Moral (Bay of Mulberries) due to the mulberry trees that grow in the area, the name of La Cala was changed in the 1970’s to avoid confusion with La Cala del Moral which is located just outside Malaga.
Mijas Costa – This is the main commercial area of the town and the spot for most of the commercial centres, supermarkets, golf courses, bars and the restaurants. Covering an area of around 12 km’s, this is where you will find much of the residential housing, apartments, hotels and some super sandy beaches.
Beaches of Mijas – There are many fantastic beaches located along the coastal areas of Mijas, Calahonda and Playa La Cala are probably the best known. Calahonda is located to the west of the town and has a length of 4500 metres and a width of 25 metres. Playa La Cala is still quite a long beach with a length of around 2000 metres and width of 35 metres. Between Calahonda and La Cala is El Cabo Rocoso which has a length of 1500 metres and width of 35 metres. Some of the other beaches worth a mention include Playa del Chaparal, El Faro and El Charcon. All of the beaches found in this beautiful location are kept lovely and clean and have plenty of the services one would expect.