Mijas on the Costa del Sol is split into two parts. There is Mijas Pueblo that is a pretty whitewashed village, nestled into the Mijas mountains and Mijas Costa, which is a diverse stretch of coastline on the Costa del Sol.
Mijas Costa is just 30 minutes by car from Malaga Airport. It lays between Fuengirola and the resort of Cabopino, that sits just east of Marbella and includes the popular holiday resorts of La Cala de Mijas, Riviera del Sol and Calahonda. It is also an area that has beautiful golden sandy beaches, local shops, restaurants, bars and of course golf!
Mijas Pueblo is only a 15-minute drive from Malaga Airport and is the complete opposite to Mijas Costa. It is a small, typically Spanish village that sits high in the mountains overlooking the coastline. A mixture of traditional shops selling local crafts, restaurants, pavement cafes, Flamenco dancing, a bull ring and again golf!
Both places are a haven for golfers, with many returning each year to enjoy the many high-quality golf courses on offer.
Mijas Costa and Pueblo are located on the Southern coast of Spain, which means they boast a gorgeous sub-tropical climate that offers long hot summers and mild winters.
Glorious weather brings more opportunities to spend time outside and this is why it is so popular with golfers.
If you are looking to book a golfing holiday in Spain, we would recommend avoiding the months of July and August. This is because these months are the hottest and with temperatures soaring, outdoor activities soon become less fun.
The best months to play golf in and around Mijas and the Costa del Sol in general are April, May, June, September and October.
As Mijas Costa and Pueblo cover a large area of the Costa del Sol, you have many courses that will be right on your doorstep and just a short journey away.
Some of the most popular courses in the area include Mijas Golf Los Lagos & Los Olivos, La Cala Golf, Santana Golf, El Chaparral, Miraflores Golf, Calanova, La Noria Golf, Alhaurin Golf and Cerrado del Aguila.
Along with these, heading West towards Marbella along the N340 or East in the direction of Malaga, you will have many more to choose from.
Take a look at our recent blog post, 8 Best Golf Courses In Malaga for some inspiration.
You can see a list of all of the Costa del Sol golf courses here.
Santana Golf: Image by Christer Melkerson from Pixabay
Nightlife, Restaurants and Bars
The nightlife in Mijas Pueblo is quite relaxed, you won’t find any nightclubs here but you will be able to enjoy a drink in the local bars, with some offering live music. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from including pizza, pasta, local cuisine and for those looking for a lighter bite, tapas.
Another great place to visit is the Museo del Vino de Mijas or the wine museum. Here you can sample some wines and enjoy the great tapas on offer.
Mijas Costa offers a livelier nightlife with many of the bars offering live music or karaoke. Sit and enjoy a Guinness or two in one of the Irish pubs, such as Biddy Mulligans in La Cala de Mijas or enjoy a cocktail or a beer in one of the many other bars.
Eating out will leave you spoilt for choice with many restaurants serving Spanish, Indian, Italian, Belgian, Argentinian or Chinese cuisine.
Mijas Costa Beaches
With ten beaches to choose from along the coast of Mijas Costa, it’s fair to say you will always find a sunbathing spot! Here are just three of them…
La Cala de Mijas beach is 35 metres wide and almost 2,000 metres long and has a delightful promenade with plenty of good beach bars and restaurants. There are also sunbeds and parasols for hire and public toilets, changing facilities and showers available.
Calahonda is the longest of the Mijas Costa beaches at over 4,500 meters long and 25 meters wide. It is situated right at the foot of the large Sitio de Calahonda urbanization and is a very popular beach, with ramp access, many beach bars and lots of activities.
Calahonda Beach: Konstantin [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
El Bombo beach is 320 metres long and curves round slightly into a large bay ending in a small (130-metre) rocky cliff. This beach is ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling and underwater swimming. You can also hire sunbeds and there is a beach bar for snacks and drinks.
For a full list of beaches just follow this link. http://www.andalucia.com/mijas/beaches.htm
Buses from Mijas Costa:
Bus 220: Fuengirola – Marbella
This bus stops at nearly all the urbanisations on the coast side of Mijas. It runs every half hour starting at 7:30am weekdays and 8am on Sundays. Last bus towards Fuengirola is at 23:57pm during the week, 23:30pm on Sundays.
Bus 320 : Malaga – Marbella
This bus takes you all the way to Malaga. It stops at the main bus stops of Mijas Costa such as Calahonda, La Cala, El Chaparral, and others.
Line 320 runs about 8 times a day and it takes you about 1 hour to reach Malaga from La Cala.
Buses from Mijas Pueblo:
Bus 112: Málaga – Mijas Pueblo
This bus brings you directly from Malaga to Mijas Pueblo without passing through Fuengirola.
This bus does the route 4 times a day. Estimated time to reach Malaga from Mijas Pueblo is about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Bus 121: Mijas – Torremolinos
From Mijas Pueblo to the other coastal destinations: Benalmadena and Torremolinos.
Bus 122: Mijas – Fuengirola
This line will take you to Fuengirola in about 15 minutes. The bus runs often between these 2 destinations but please consult the time table. The first one leaves Mijas at 7:45am during the week and 8:30am on Sundays. The last one leaving Mijas to Fuengirola is at 22:00pm.
Public transport in Mijas is really adapted to the needs of tourists and is both cheap and very easy to use.
Check the following site for information on bus timetables, fares and routes. https://www.checkmybus.co.uk
Mijas Pueblo: Olaf Tausch [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
While not on the golf course, sunning yourself on the beach or enjoying the great nightlife, you will have plenty of opportunities to savour everything else the Costa del Sol has to offer.
Below is a list of just a handful of things you can see and do, in and around Mijas Costa and Pueblo.
Aqua Mijas Water Park (Mijas Costa) – https://www.aquamijas.com/?lang=en
Bioparc Zoo (Fuengirola) – https://www.bioparcfuengirola.es/
Miramar Shopping Centre (Fuengirola) – http://www.miramarcc.com/en/
Funny Beach Marbella (Marbella) – https://funnybeachmarbella.com/
Castillo de Sohail (Sohail Castle, Fuengirola) – http://www.andalucia.org/en/cultural-tourism/visits/malaga/monuments/castillo-de-sohail/
Orange Square, Old Town, Marbella –
La Canada Shopping Centre (Marbella) – https://www.lacanadashopping.com/en
Mijas Pueblo Sites – http://www.andalucia.com/mijas/pueblo-places-interest.htm
Important Phone Numbers
Golf 4U Spain – +34 607 344 231
The British Consulate (Madrid) – +34 915 249 700
National Police (Policía Nacional) – 091 (No area code required)
Local Police (Policía Local) – 092 (No area code required)
Ambulance – 112 (No area code required)
Report a crime (In English) – +34 902 102 112
If you lose your passport, you will need an emergency travel document (ETD) – https://www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document
Featured Image: Rudolfvonrheinfelden at wikivoyage shared [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons