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Mijas, a great combination for your Costa del Sol holiday in southern Spain

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Mijas view

Whether you are seeking sun and sand, golfing, or quaint villages, you can get it all in the Mijas area on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. 

Close to Fuengirola and 34.6 kilometres from Málaga city, Mijas is the ideal spot to get settled into your choice of the best Mijas villas or apartments available on the coast and inland, and then get out there exploring.

Mijas Costa

Sun-seekers and beach lovers will enjoy Mijas Costa, with its endless sandy beaches and around 12 kilometres of holiday resorts, including El Chaparral, La Cala, El Combo and Calahonda. 

Besides lazing on the beach, there are many popular water sports on offer all the way down the coast and loads of “chiringuitos” (beach restaurants) serving the freshest catch of the day. 

Close by, there is always a convenient supermarket or beachwear shop for those last minute items and the larger residential areas like, for instance La Cala, offer several shops and restaurants.

The beach in La Cala, Mijas Costa
Beach in La Cala - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  Sylvia Wrigley  

Golf course in MijasMijas Golf

Those wishing to tee off for a great round of golf will enjoy the lush green golf courses along what has been appropriately dubbed the “Costa del Golf,” in an area called "Mijas Golf." 

Los Lagos and Los Olivos are two courses on offer in the Mijas valley, conveniently located north of Fuengirola and only 3.5 kilometres from the beach.  The courses were totally refurbished back in 2012, but have kept the original design of Robert Trent Jones Sr. 

There is also a practice area, restaurant and shop available on the premises.

Plaza de Toros, Mijas PuebloMijas Pueblo

For a real treat, visit the original village of Mijas Pueblo, one of the beautiful White Villages of Andalucía, nestled up on the hillside, just above Fuengirola.

Mijas Pueblo is a perfect place, either to spend your holiday, or as a day trip up from the coast, with its narrow winding streets, lined by beautiful white-washed houses.  The balconies drip geraniums and bougainvillea, making a colourful statement against the white walls. As you walk you encounter bars and cafes, perfect for a restful drink, cooling ice cream or tasty snack. 

Rock Climbing in MijasThe town also offers several excellent restaurants ranging from Spanish to various international cuisines.

As a brief idea of the attractions available in the town, you can visit what is possibly the best miniature museum in the world, the Miniatures Museum Carromato Max, or on a different scale, practice your rock climbing skills on a sheer rock face hidden away in the botanical gardens.  While you are there you can, of course, also look at the many species of plants, clearly labeled, and enjoy the excellent views available from the edge of the cliff.

Virgen de la PenaThe Mijas Plaza de Toros, or bullring, pictured above right, is an interesting visit as it is one of the smallest in Andalucía, but boasts the very best views right across Mijas and the hillsides.  There is a museum within the building, giving a little of the history behind the bullring.

At the entrance to the village, you can visit the enigmatic Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, a sanctuary and quaint chapel carved into an existing cave in the existing rock.  The legend behind it is that two young children were led to the spot by a dove back in 1586, and on arriving there, the Virgin appeared to them, showing them her hiding place. 

The childrens' father worked as a builder and he dug into the cave, discovering the long-lost statue of the Virgin.  The charming little chapel was then formed around the inside of the cave where today you can see displays of the ceremonial robes, ornate silver crosses and other religious items used in the various processions through the village each year.

Mijas burrotaxiTo see Mijas Pueblo at a leisurely pace, ride in one of the famous Mijas burro or donkey taxis, or for a few euros more, do the town in an elegant horse-drawn carriage.  This is definitely the way to see the old-fashioned streets in style. 

While talking transport, there are regular buses running up to Mijas Pueblo from the coast, and for the coastal locations, they can be reached using the coastal bus service.  Taxis (the normal kind) are, of course, always available.

Wherever you choose to stay in the Mijas area, you are assured of plenty of things to see and do and will have a wonderful holiday.

All photos besides La Cala Beach, courtesy and copyright © Anne Sewell, All Spain Rural Accommodation

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