Mijas Costa is one of the most popular destinations in Spain, so come if you’re looking for a lively location plus all the comforts of home while bathed in glorious sunshine.
Covering twelve beaches in twelve kilometres, the first district along the Costa Mijas is the popular tourist town, Calahonda. Then moving East, Calypso, Riviera del Sol, Miraflores and Torrenueva then La Cala de Mijas — another destination filled with vibrant bars and restaurants. The coast hugs the rocky inland urbanizaciones of Los Claveles, El Chaparral, Los Farolas, El Faro, Calaburras, La Costa and La Ponderosa.
Marbella is just a 15 minutes’ drive away and the whitewashed inland pueblos of Mijas, Coín and Alhaurín el Grande are also closeby. The Parque Acuatico Mijas (Mijas Water Park) is a favourite with kids, with water slides, wave pools and play islands. In Fuengirola, you can visit Bioparc Fuengirola, a highly respected zoo whose enclosures are as close to the natural habitat of its animals as possible. There are bars, restaurants and chiringuitos panning most of the strip. Due to the high volume of tourists and foreign residents, there’s a wide selection of cuisines from around the world. El Zoco commercial centre in Calahonda and markets in Cala de Mijas are great for shoppers. The entire area is dotted with golf courses and there are riding, tennis, bowls, water sports and plenty of excursions to keep you busy when not on the links. A coastal boardwalk, part of the Senda litoral de Malaga (Malaga Coastal path), connects all of the beaches for walkers.
There are plenty of brand new, off-plan apartments in a serviced building or if you want more privacy, you might prefer an apartment in a gated community. Most of the region is built up with modern apartment blocks, although in Calahonda, there are also townhouses and villas for sale.
Mijas Costa’s various districts are joined together by the A-7 coastal highway. A car is recommended if you want to get out and explore but not essential if you want to live near the beach and are happy to walk short distances in the heat. It’s serviced by Malaga and Gibraltar Airports and there are transfers and taxis from both available year round. Public transport in Mijas is limited to the bus service but both the 220 and 320 services will take you between Malaga, Marbella and Fuengirola. The AP-7 road has a toll charge.
There are hospitals in both Marbella and Fuengirola; Calahonda and Cala de Mijas are the best local spots to find general practitioners and chemists.
The Eastern stretch of the Costa del Sol is generally less expensive in terms of housing.
Most restaurants offer an affordable 3 course menú del día. Flights are run by budget airlines. Public transport is lower than in other European countries. It’s very easy to spend less here than in most parts of Europe.