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A beach hit on the Costa del Sol

Some come to southern Spain for sun and sand, others for hilltop villages with dreamy views – Mijas holidays combine the best of both. The old centre, Mijas Pueblo, is a classic Spanish ‘white town’ renowned for its whitewashed houses and atmospheric alleyways that sit high above the rolling Mediterranean Sea. History lovers will enjoy learning about Mijas’s past – it’s been home to the Romans, The Moors and to pirates, whose repeated attacks led to the building of the watchtowers along the coastline.

Down the hill, La Cala de Mijas and neighbouring Fuengirola are classic holiday resorts with long beaches for lounging and water sports, wonderful restaurants, and family-friendly playgrounds. Holidays to Mijas are a great pick for golfers too, as there are several courses to choose from, including La Cala – Spain’s largest golf complex. A charming place with masses to do, holidays to Mijas offer fun for all the family.

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Your Mijas questions, answered

Mijas is on Andalucia’s famous Costa del Sol, between Torremolinos and Marbella. It’s just a short hop from Malaga too, making it an easy getaway.
A real mix. Mijas Pueblo has some traditional tapas joints – which you can also find down by the beaches – alongside those serving international cuisine and excellent fine dining.
Mijas is a small mountain village, but it has a lively events calendar so there’s plenty to do all year round. In July, there’s a flamenco dance festival and, all through the summer, there are outdoor dance and music performances. In August, The Spanish Theatre Festival is held in the open-air theatre. Should you visit in September, avoiding the summer crowds, you'll be at the annual Mijas Fair, with parades and traditional events. At Easter, you'll have Holy Week and its colourful processions through the streets and fireworks at night.
On the coast, the water is warm and the weather hot through the summer, with mild temperatures the rest of the year. Mijas Pueblo is cooler and a little wetter.
Mijas is set at the foot of the Sierra de Mijas range so it feels off the beaten track, but there are several beaches just a short drive away. Buses run from the village to the most popular beaches. There are lots of Blue Flag beaches close to Mijas. Most of the nearby coast has dark sand, caused by the erosion of volcanic rock, and there are plenty of places to swim safely. In the summer, the beaches are busy but there is a long stretch of coastline with quieter spots.
Mijas holidays are perfect for families. The village is set slightly back from the coast, so it’s quieter than the beach towns, and there are plenty of family-friendly hotels and apartments. Some have facilities like pools. Hire a car, and you can drive along the coast, taking the kids to different sandy beaches. Take the kids on a day trip to Mariposario de Benalmadena – a butterfly park with many beautiful species, or visit nearby Tivoli World, a theme park for all ages. Accessible Torremolinos is also popular with families.
Mijas has plenty to do at night, especially in the summer when you have a variety of fiestas and festivals that bring open-air theatre, dance and much more to the village. Most nights start with a late dinner on the terrace, enjoying mountain views or people-watching in historic Mijas Pueblo. If you feel like post-dinner drinks, there’s a handful of small, cosy bars that open late. If you’re looking for nightclubs, you’ll need to get a cab to Torremolinos or Malaga, where you’ll find all-night drinking and dancing.
Malaga is just over 30km from Mijas and it’s a pleasant drive through the mountain lowlands and small towns. The journey can take as little as half an hour if you avoid peak traffic times. If you want to take public transport, you can catch a bus from Mijas to Fuengirola on the coast, which takes about 20 minutes, then the train to Malaga Maria Zambrano, which is around 45-minutes. The station is in the centre of Malaga and travelling by train means you avoid the traffic and don’t need to find parking.
Mijas Pueblo has a market every Tuesday morning, which has handcrafted, local items that make excellent souvenirs, as well as food and locally grown produce. There’s also a larger market in nearby Fuengirola, which is held on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Here you’ll find a wide variety of goods for sale, from clothing and leather goods, like handbags, to handmade items, beachwear, souvenirs and more. The Saturday market also has vintage and second-hand stalls for those unusual finds.

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