Mijas lies just west of Malaga and is split into two distinct areas. Mijas Pueblo is the whitewashed village standing high up the mountain with spectacular views over the Mediterranean whilst Mijas Costa refers to the holiday resort on the coast.
Mijas Pueblo has long been attracting foreign residents attracted by its cobbled streets and quaint, old Spain ambience. In fact Saturdays are a good day to visit during the summer when the Foreigner’s Department of the local council offer free guided walks of the rural areas of the town beginning at 10am at the town hall (advance booking recommended).
Quaint can only last so long after a place has been discovered and Mijas Pueblo has done a good job of maintaining some of its past in spite of the large influx of daily tourists coming up the mountain to wander its ancient streets. Take a donkey taxi from the central square for a novel way of seeing the town.
Most visitors arrive by car (park in the multi-storey just off the main square), by public bus from Torremolinos or Benalmadena or on one of the many half day excursions sold in travel agencies in the resorts. Many of these tourists attend a bullfight at the bullring which is more than 100 years old. Just look out for posters in the resorts promoting any events and offering transport.
The interactive Mijas Map below allows you to zoom in to see street names or zoom out to get a view of the wider area.
In contrast Mijas Costa is a smart resort of sun worshippers attracted by 12km of excellent beaches, water sports and tourist facilities. Tourism is geared largely to the British market who flock to the pubs, British food suppliers and Indian restaurants during their stay in ‘foreign’ lands.
The area is surrounded by a huge number of up market residential areas, all categories of hotels, first class golf courses and amusements such as water parks. A popular day out for tourists and locals on Sundays between October and May is a day at the races with regular meetings attracting sizeable crowds. Check the Hipodromo Costa del Sol for race schedules.
You can find a selection of highly recommended hotels at discount rates on our Mijas Hotels page and you will find some villas and apartments on our Mijas Costa Villas, Mijas Villas, Mijas Costa Apartments and Mijas Apartments pages.