Area guide to Mijas: Discover Mijas Costa, Mijas Pueblo and Las Lagunas de Mijas
Experience the authentic, nature-rich, relaxed, and beautiful part of Spain called Mijas, which consists of three different areas; Mijas Costa, Mijas Pueblo, and Las Lagunas de Mijas. Mijas is a municipality in the province of Málaga located between Fuengirola and Marbella in Andalusia with a population of 86,556 inhabitants of which more than 31,500 are foreigners.
We have explored various parts of Mijas, and we must admit that we adore the stunning views, charming towns, and incredible nature. We have sold and bought many properties and plots, and it is NO mystery why people fall in love with Mijas.
Is Mijas worth visiting?
The short answer? Yes! The nature and views in Mijas are captivating. There is plenty of hiking, bicycling, running and golf opportunities. There are no less than 24 fantastic golf courses in Mijas, whereof Santana Golf, Calanova Golf Club, La Cala Rersort, and Chaparral Golf Club are among the best.
In Mijas, you can experience the white-washed village of Mijas Pueblo, see a flamenco show, have tapas in a cosy authentic Spanish restaurant, go to the beach, go out for dinner and drinks, or just enjoy the extraordinary views over Costa del Sol.
We have put in a lot of effort to discover Mijas from every possible angle, and despite the hard work, we can, without a doubt, recommend both visiting and living in Mijas. The hiking trails up the Sierra de Mijas mountain are especially worth it because the view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. If you do not believe us, see it with your own eyes in the video from Jacob, Daniel and Patrick’s hiking trip.
Mijas Costa is the fantastic 12 km long stretch along the Mediterranean coast that goes all the way from Cabopino in Marbella in the west to Fuengirola in the east. It is a popular place for tourists and expats moving to Costa del Sol, as you can live close to the beach and mountains, as well as the bigger cities, and you are just 30 km from Málaga Airport. When going to Mijas Costa, you cannot avoid hearing about the charming town of La Cala de Mijas, with small shops, supermarkets, bars, beaches, golf, and lovely restaurants.
Before La Cala de Mijas and after Fuengirola, you have the urbanisations Las Farolas and El Chaparral which has a public school named Colegio Público El Chaparral. After La Cala de Mijas on the way to Marbella, you will find the urbanisation of Miraflores, followed by Riviera del Sol, where Max Beach is (one of Mojo’s favourite restaurants), whereafter we have Calahonda – a larger residential area with supermarkets, restaurants, bars, shops, a camping site, medical centres, golf, and more.
Mijas has it all or is at least very close to everything you may need while going on holiday or visiting the Costa del Sol. When visiting or living in Mijas Costa, you must enjoy one of the many beautiful beaches. There are Playa de La Cala de Mijas, Butiplaya, Playa de Calahonda, and the nudist beach Playa Naturista de Playamarina between Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas, to mention a few. And you can even walk along the beach on the boardwalk, Senda Litoral de Malaga, which goes from Marbella to La Cala de Mijas.
The white-washed village of Mijas Pueblo
According to the magazine International Living, Mijas Pueblo is the second best place to live in Spain besides the well-publicized bigger cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante and Málaga. The reason is probably that Mijas Pueblo is one of Spain’s friendliest and prettiest Pueblos Blancos.
It is situated in the lowlands of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range and surrounded by pine forests. Mijas Pueblo is an authentic Andalusian white-washed village with dazzling streets full of colourful flowers, small shops with local artisan products and cosy bars and restaurants. You may also have heard about the famous donkey taxis, which tourists can take to see the village.
Things to do and see in Mijas Pueblo:
- Follow the hiking trails up the Sierra de Mijas-mountain
- Walk around the village and take in the sight of the white-washed streets
- Enjoy the beautiful views from Castillo de Mijas
- CAC Mijas Centro de Arte Contemporaneo
- Visit Plaza de Toros de Mijas
- Go on an adventurous ride on bikes up the trails
- Go for a stroll and see the view from Parque La Muralla
- Grab a Drink at La Boveda del Flamenco
- Visit Plaza de la Constitución
- Plaza Virgen de la Peña
- Visit Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña
Las Lagunas de Mijas
Las Lagunas de Mijas is the most modern, commercial and bustling area of Mijas municipality. The southern part of Las Lagunas de Mijas is a modern residential and comercial area with several bigger shops (MediaMarkt, Jysk, LeroyMerlin, Decathlon etc.), El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, cafeterias, restaurants, McDonalds, banks, laywers etc. and with a very convenient access to the A7 which you can take to both Málaga and Marbella. The northern part of town is more the countryside known as “El Campo” in Spanish, where you can walk the dogs, play with the kids, go horseback riding.
Las Lagunas does not have precise official boundaries, but the territory is delimited to the Fuengirola river on the southside, the municipality of Fuengirola and the A-7 on the eastside, and to the north and west Las Lagunas stretches up until the AP-7. It is on the main road, Carretera de Mijas, from Los Boliches in Fuengirola up towards the AP-7 that you can find Mojo Estates’ office at the Scandinavian Shopping Centre called Centro Idea. Las Lagunas also covers the neighbourhoods of El Juncal, Las Cañadas, El Albero, urbanisation El Coto, La Sierrezuela, El Lagarejo and Campo Mijas.
If you are in Las Lagunas de Mijas, you are a just a few minutes away from the bigger city of Fuengirola, where you have endless restaurants and bars in the cosy city centre, by the habour, up the small alleys, and along the Paseo de Maritimo by the beach. In addition, you have plenty of shopping possibilities in for example the Miramar shopping centre with also has a cinema. Fuengirola also has Castillo de Sohail, a medieveal castle where many concerts are held every year, a Biopark which is a naturalistic zoo located close to Las Lagunas waterpark, Aquamijas.
Is Mijas a good place to live?
YES, Mijas is an excellent place to live! It is located in the heart of Costa del Sol, surrounded by nature and mountain. Yet, you can live just by the beach close to all necessary facilities such as medical care, sports centres, supermarkets, beauty salons, shops, restaurants and bars. In addition, there are many great places to live in Mijas, where you can find both resale properties, new build developments, and plots where you can build your dream home.
The housing market in Mijas also reveals that it is a good place to live as population and prices continue to grow! The average property price has increased significantly since July 2018. Based on numbers from June 2022, the price per square metre is as follows in the different zones in Mijas according to the real estate portal Indomio:
See some of the hottest properties for sale in Mijas:
Villa in Mijas Pueblo
Villa in La Alqueria
Villa in Campo Mijas
Villa in Campo Mijas
Penthouse in Calanova Golf
Duplex Apartment La Cala de Mijas