The Mijas Costa is a popular holiday destination in the province of Malaga in southern Spain. It is at the centre of the Costa del Sol region which is noted for its Andalusian white-washed villages which overlook the beautiful sandy beaches and the blue Mediterranean Sea.
Mijas has seven golf courses with more being planned. It has the perfect climate to enjoy a round of golf at almost any time of year. Winters are mild and summers are hot and sunny, making it popular as a winter retreat for retirees as well as for family holidays in the summer. Mijas Costa has just 600ml of rainfall per year which falls mainly between November and January. The higher mountain altitudes have cooler temperatures with a little frost in the winter and slightly more rainfall.
The Mijas Costa includes the coastal resort of Fuengirola which has plenty of shops, supermarkets and restaurants to provide for most visitors’ needs. The area includes Las Lagunas, a commercial and residential suburb; La Cala de Mijas, a seaside town, and Mijas Pueblo the old hillside village on the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas. The municipality has around 70,000 inhabitants and stretches inland from the Mediterranean Sea to the foothills of the Penibetica Mountains.
The Mijas area once relied upon agriculture and fishing to support its economy, but since the 1950s it has been based on tourism. It is one of the main holiday destinations in Andalusia, attracting many foreign visitors and residents.
The area is served by Malaga Airport which is just 24 km (15 miles) from the centre of Fuengirola. It is easy to reach by car along the main A-7 or the scenic coast road, the N-340.