Holiday facts and information about Mijas
The resort town of Mijas is located in Malaga province. This province is part of the autonomous community of Andalusia on the southwestern coast of Spain. It is a mountain-side town with white-washed buildings typical of the so-called Costa del Sol. Officially there are 75,000 inhabitants on an area of 57.5 qu mi. Best time to travel The good weather is one the main reasons why tourists come to Andalusia. However, because of its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, summer in Mijas is not as hot as in other tourist resorts. Average temperatures rise to 75°F in July and August which are the hottest months of the summer. At the same time, the temperature of the Mediterranean Sea reaches its maximum of 73°F at the Costa del Sol.
Spanish is the official language in this part of Spain. Because it is a popular tourist destination and numerous immigrants from the United Kingdom live in Mijas, English is also predominant. In addition, local traffic signs and sign posts oftentimes include English translations.
Country and People
Mijas dates back to prehistoric times when it was established by the Tartessians. It is documented that the Ancient Greeks and Phoenicians visited the Tartessians in the second century BC. Due to immense mineral deposits in this area of Spain, several peoples sought to occupy the area. Today, there is monumental evidence left behind as heritage from these ancient times. Because of the danger that pirates presented to the city, the residents built watchtowers. Tourists can visit many of them nowadays on sightseeing tours. Mining, fishing, farming and most recently tourism have been the main economic sectors in Mijas.
Mijas consists of several communities. While Mijas Pueblo is the original hillside village, La Cala de Mijas is the beach resort where most tourists stay. At Cala de Mijas there is also the beach called Butibamba. The Butibamba beach is about a mile long and especially popular for walks in the evening. The La Cala hills where Mijas is located also offer several hiking trails. There are walks that vary in difficulty in the La Cala hills, but all of them offer scenic views of the landscape.
Visitors can reach Mijas town via Malaga, the biggest city in Andalusia. The Malaga International Airport is the destination of many international flights. From Malaga International Airport, there are several ways to get to Mijas. The resort is located only about 16 miles northwest of the airport. Visitors renting a car should expect a journey of less than half an hour. Tourist can book private transfer shuttles before their journey. This is often a more affordable alternative to taxis and rental cars.
Many taxi services operate on this route as well and tourists find them outside of Terminal 3. The rates differ, but visitors should usually pay around €40 on average from the airport to Mijas. Not all Spanish taxis have a taximeter, so passengers have to agree on a price beforehand. During the August Festival held in the resort town annually, taxi fares are higher because the night rates are charged during the day. The August Festival is a week-long celebration in Malaga.
Discover and Enjoy
In Mijas, there are many independent local shops that sell handicrafts, souvenirs, ceramics and other products. This town has been influenced by Moroccan culture especially when it comes to carpets and rugs. At the Moroccan Store, people can find boots and jackets made from high quality leather. The Parque Miramar in Fuengirola is the biggest shopping center in the region of Mijas and Marbella. There are two floors and more than 2,000 parking spaces for visitors of the Parque Miramar in Fuengirola. The variety of stores ranges from international companies such as Zara and H&M to local boutiques.
Visitors to Mijas can try traditional Andalusian cuisine. The gastronomy in the resort is rather international, but many eateries offer gazpacho as well as local seafood and ‘jamones’. A popular traditional dish of the Andalusian cuisine is salmorejo which is a thick purée made that is served cold. Some of the ingredients of salmorejo include tomatoes and bread as well as olive oil, tart oranges and garlic. Hornazos is a pastry made with hard boiled eggs and it stuffed with various fillings such as pork loin or spicy chorizo.
- Algarrobo Costa
- Alhaurin del Grande
- Alhaurín de la Torre
- Almayate Bajo
- Caleta De Velez
- Canillas de Albaida.
- Castellar de la Frontera
- El Borge
- El Rescate
- Gibraltar (GB)
- La Cala de Mijas
- La Carihuela
- La Linea de la Conception
- La Sirena
- Los Barrios
- Puerto Banus