A traditional Andalucian ‘pueblo blanco’ where charming cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and hidden squares extend behind an ancient Moorish wall with a panorama to die for. On a good day in Mijas you’ll look out across the coastline below, all the way across to the coast of Africa.
You’ll find many of the landmarks that draw people to southern Spanish towns; a bullring, pretty churches and a host of local fiestas. It’s the perfect place to settle, particularly if you are looking for life beyond the beaches. It’s just 30 kilometres to cultured Malaga and minutes from a network of nature paths to explore along the mountainous ‘red trail’.
Mijas stands in relaxing contrast to the excitement of the resorts that are just a fifteen-minute drive away. You’ll find it a highly desirable location with great weather, an excellent community and easy access to the very best of the Costa del Sol.
Among the modest population of ten thousand, you’ll meet residents from all around the world. The expat population is so large that the Town Hall has set up a helpful Foreigner’s Department for non-Spanish speakers. Whether the people you meet are local or from further afield, you’ll find people in Mijas an approachable friendly bunch.
You’ll find several Spanish state schools in Mijas itself with a selection of private International schools close by, including St Anthony’s College on the road to Fuengirola.
For a modest sized town, there are a dizzying array of restaurants and tapas bars. The nightlife will suit you if you’re looking for something a bit more laid back than on the coastal resorts. During the day the town buzzes with a plethora of shops to explore selling the wares of many of the local and international artists with studios in the area.
Along with a health centre in Mijas village itself there is a recently inaugurated Specialized Treatment Centre called CARE in nearby Las Lagunas. You’ll find the nearest hospitals easily accessible in Marbella and Malaga.
If you are without your own transport there are regular services to and from Fuengirola bus station and four daily buses to take you into Málaga, all very reasonably priced. To get around the steeper parts of town you could always hail one of the popular donkey taxis!
Whether you are looking for a slice of authentic Spanish life in one of the town’s whitewashed cottages, a simple apartment in one of the many developments or a more upscale villa with a view, Mijas has something to offer.
Mijas offers life within a traditional Spanish village, close to the coast, but without the hefty price tag of nearby Marbella. However, you might find it a little pricier for day to day essentials than some of the busier resorts nearby.