The Costa del Sol has a well-earned reputation for being Spain’s most popular tourist destination, but it’s also home to a stunning coastline full of secluded bays, sandy beaches, and places to relax and enjoy the dazzling Mediterranean vistas. With picturesque villages scattering the Andalusian coastline, a mouth-watering cuisine and a culture influenced by its Moorish history, Mijas Costa guarantees any visitor a holiday to remember.
If you are looking for a 2019 Costa del Sol holiday, then look no further than Mijas Costa. It’s a diverse stretch of coastline on the Costa del Sol, nestled between Fuengirola and Marbella resort of Cabopino to the east. With its nearby sister town, Mijas Pueblo, steeped in rich history, breathtaking walks and stunning scenery, it’s the perfect destination for those looking to combine exploring traditional white-washed villages with a lively beach holiday. Within an easy 25-minute drive of Malaga airport, the area encompasses the popular holiday resorts of Calahonda, Riviera del Sol and La Cala de Mijas. Mijas Costa is an ideal destination for both family and friend holidays, with safe beaches and local shops, bars, restaurants and golf on hand in each resort.
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Mijas Costa is well placed to explore the rest of the Costa del Sol. The elegant resort of Marbella is just a 15-minute drive away and the white-washed inland pueblos of Mijas, Coin and Alhaurin el Grande are also close by and worth a day trip. The charming historical city of Malaga is around a 30-minute drive away.
If you’re on holiday in Mijas Costa with children and looking for a fun day out, you don’t have to look far. The Parque Acuatico Mijas water park is a firm favourite with kids and adults alike, with its water slides, wave pools, play islands and sunbathing areas. If you head into Fuengirola you can visit Bioparc Fuengirola, a state-of-the-art zoo, which has spent many years creating a space as close to the natural habitat of its residents as possible.
There are bars, restaurants and beach chiringuitos galore in Mijas Costa. Due to the high volume of tourists and foreign residents in Mijas Costa, holidaymakers will find a huge selection of cuisines from around the world. Traditional tapas bars sit next to fish restaurants, and Indian cuisine, Italian or a typical English breakfast making eating out ideal for groups and families with different tastes. You’ll find something to suit even the fussiest of eaters or those on a tight budget. One of the attractions to this part of the Costa del Sol is the amount you can get for your money, and a Mijas Costa holiday will be one your tastebuds and pockets will enjoy.
La Cala de Mijas is an excellent all-round holiday destination. It enjoys a village feel, with excellent amenities, a long stretch of golden sandy beach and heaps of restaurants, bars and beach cafés to choose from. There’s a popular children’s park in La Cala, with a little café where parents can sit back and relax while children play. During the summer months, the park often organises fun activities such as face painting, games and bouncy castles. There’s a large market held every Saturday in the fairground, and throughout July and August there’s a beachside market. Then, during August, a medieval market is held in the main square with food, music, artisan stalls and children’s activities.
A Mijas Costa holiday boasts three water parks within easy travelling distance, with all three catering for those from the careful to the adventurous, young and old. Sea Life Benalmadena is situated in the beautiful Benalmadena harbour and is a drier option if you prefer to stay out of the water. If you prefer a more relaxed day out , then Mijas Costa has a wide range of golf courses to suit all abilities.
If watersports and the many water parks aren’t enough to keep you entertained, then the ice skating, go-karting, mini-golf, golfing, paint-balling, laser combat and bowling activities may well do. The Costa del Sol is also home to Spain’s biggest theme parks including Tivoli World. If you fancy a day out, then choose from the many animal and marine parks along this coast or the spectacular Teleferico cable car ride that sweeps you from the summit of Mount Calamorro down to the Benalmadena beach affording unforgettable views over the Costa del Sol.
Mijas Costa is the perfect holiday destination for lazy beach holidays. You have both the beach and excellent amenities on your doorstep. It’s an easy hop from one beach resort to another along the Costa stretch. Although car hire is recommended, it’s not essential as the local bus and train service is cheap and regular. The mountain village of Mijas doesn’t have a beach of its own, but a sweeping stretch of golden sand is just a 15-minute drive away down in the seaside town of Fuengirola. The resort is dotted with rustic eating places called chiringuitos, and you’ll also find a pretty promenade lined with bars and restaurants leading all the way to one of Spain’s most quaint harbours offering evening trips out along the coast.
Lined with palms and a clear, calm sea, Playa de la Casa Mijas is easy to access by bus and has many places to eat and drink on the boardwalk. Further west, the busy Playa de Calahonda has a fantastic beach, a lively promenade, and a range of bars and restaurants where you can stop and relax.
Mijas Costa is a modern resort, much of which has been developed over the last 20 years. What it’s lacking in culture and historical buildings, it more than makes up for in its infrastructure, which is designed to cater for holidaymakers. With a vast array of pubs and bars, the nightlife on this stretch of coast is certainly not lacking. And if you want to soak up some of the more famous local Andalusian nightlife, you can hop on a bus or train and visit the nearby resorts of Marbella, Fuengirola and Calahonda.
One of the most romantic places on Mijas Costa is Mijas Pueblo. Bursting with colour, Mijas Pueblo offers a mix of both traditional and modern restaurants and bars. This historic old village combines the cobbled lanes of a Spanish pueblo with a bustling vibe from its many international visitors. It’s famous for the brightly dressed donkey taxis, which the locals say is the best way to take you up the steep, winding lanes to the 18th-century church, the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion. From here, you can take stunning pictures of its pretty gardens and panoramic views. It’s said that from the church you can see across the Mediterranean Sea to the Rif Mountains in Morocco.
Often described as the jewel of the Costa del Sol, Mijas Pueblo offers local cuisine which is typically Mediterranean, and a variety of traditional fish dishes to be enjoyed with the stunning views across the sea. Tapas features heavily on the menu, as does seafood, and you can enjoy net-fresh fish that’s brought in daily. Squid ink paella and duck stew are a couple of the delightful dishes to be sampled at one of the terraced restaurants around the main square, Plaza de la Constitucion.
A Mijas Costa holiday gives you a choice of cultural destinations with which few parts of Europe can compete. Local resorts Calahonda, Marbella, Benalmadena and Fuengirola offer an easy sunshine holiday. However, a little further afield are the Andalusian cultural cities of Seville, Granada and Malaga. Malaga is the closest city to Mijas Costa and during August it hosts the Feria de Malaga where the streets of the city become symbols of Andalusian tradition with live flamenco dancing, celebrations of bull-fighting and of course, tapas and wine aplenty. The Alhambra in Granada, an 800-year-old palace and fortress which dominates the skyline of the city, sits on a hill overlooking the old town. The Moorish structure is a spectacular site and it boasts the classic style of Arabic architecture which influences the region.
To the west of Mijas Costa is Seville, the region’s capital, the largest city in Andalusia and fourth biggest city in Spain. Seville has an outstanding project of modern art, the Metropol Parasol. It’s the largest timber-framed structure in the world costing over 100 million euros and it was built to link the most popular tourist areas of the city.