For those of you who are looking for a base for your holiday that’s not only typically Andalusian, but close enough to all the amenities and excitement that the Costa del Sol provides, then you might want to consider Mijas.
Mijas itself is split into three main areas, the first being Mijas La Cala. This is the coastal part of the town which is built up around the long sandy cove which happens to be one of the best Mijas beaches.
Secondly there is Mijas Costa. Stretching out from Fuengirola, this is where you will find the very popular Water Park. Mijas Costa also has a plethora of shops bars, restaurants and beaches.
Finally you have Mijas village (Pueblo), situated about twenty minutes drive inland and 450 metres up into the mountains, this is the old town which still maintains its Andalusian charm.
The mountain drive up to Mijas pueblo is spectacular in its own right but once you arrive you will be faced with a whitewashed village that is perched on the side of the mountain like an over hanging balcony.
The Pueblo is home to around 7,000 inhabitants and even though you are fairly close to the coast, you are transported back in time. Take a stroll round the village and explore the charming nooks and alleys, sit in a café in the square of the historic old quarter and watch the world go by or just sit in the park and gaze at the stunning views overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean and the coastal towns below.
The village itself has a host of art galleries and craft shops selling affordable items and a visit to the old 17th century bullring with its quadrangle exterior is a must.
Mijas La Cala and Mijas Costa
Many tourists combine the delights of Mijas Pueblo along with the seaside feel of Mijas la Cala and Mijas Costa.
Explore the pristine cleanliness of the various Mijas beaches, including the blue flag beach at Mijas la Cala. There are also excellent beachside dining establishments plus a variety of water sports and of course the Water Park, Mijas Costa.
This is the largest water park on the Costa del Sol and kids and indeed adults can enjoy rides such as Adventure River, Wild River, Kamikaze and the Labyrinth slides to name but a few. There is also a bar and restaurant as well as a picnic centre for those who are feeling a little peckish.
If you are into golf, then the Mijas valley contains no fewer than 9 excellent golf courses for you to choose from, so you really are spoilt for choice.
Whether you are after the peace and tranquility of a mountain village with stunning views to die for, or whether you like kicking back and relaxing by the beach and everything that entails, then with Mijas you have the best of both worlds and this is what makes this area just perfect for taking a holiday in.