Mijas Costa actually refers to any of the other areas of Mijas outside of Mijas Pueblo, but most use it to refer to the 12km of coastline that can be found next to the town of Fuengirola. Your holiday will probably involve travelling regularly between the town and the beach, and by far the best and most popular way to do this is by hiring a car – this means you can also easily venture further and explore nearby Malaga, Marbella or Torremolinos.
There are a total of nine beaches in Mijas Costa, from small rocky coves to enormous beaches full of activities and perfect for families. The longest is Calahonda and is four and a half kilometres of beachside fun, including swimming and scuba diving as well as plenty of sunbathing.
Further along are El Faro, popular with snorkellers, and El Egido which meets with the mouth of the river Fuengirola and is a small beach ideal for swimming. However, it's Playa La Cala de Mijas that is probably the most popular. It has a European Blue Flag award and its semi-urban feel plus the wealth of beach bars and restaurants you'll find here make it seem like its own little village.
Food and drink in Mijas
In Mijas food and drink is mostly done the Spanish way, with a long time dedicated to meals and a refreshing siesta in between. Mijas Pueblo is home to lots of places serving Spanish food, with an emphasis on Andalusia but other regions are also well represented. They serve dishes that are part of the area's history.
There are plenty of All Inclusive hotels in Costa del Sol, although Mijas Pueblo is also home to lots of excellent restaurants, most of which serve traditional Andalusian and Spanish cuisine.
One of the pleasures of eating in Mijas is sitting alongside the locals, who will start early with tapas and continue sharing small plates until late in the evening. You'll quickly be won over by this friendly and relaxed attitude to meal times and it's a large part of why many people find their holiday in Mijas so rewarding.
The traditional Spanish beer Cruzcampo is served everywhere, as are many excellent-value delicious local wines. Mijas isn't home to the kinds of late-opening cocktail and lounge bars that you'll find in other Spanish resorts, but the restaurants tend to be open until midnight. The nightlife is about making the most out of your evening meal and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Things to do and see
Holidays in Mijas tend to be relaxed and divided between the town and the beach, with plenty of cheap late holiday deals to Costa del Sol available. However, if you do hire a car then there's lots to explore in the local area, as well as scope for plenty of fun family days out.
The Mijas waterpark is a large waterpark with some impressive slides – a favourite with families. Mijas' mountainous surroundings give rise to opportunities for rock climbing and at the beach there's the chance to try water sports such as parasailing, wakeboarding and scuba diving.
A favourite within Mijas Pueblo itself is the Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate Factory. It doesn't quite rival Willy Wonka's but after learning how to make your own chocolate bar and creating your own flavours of ice cream you'll definitely be leaving with a smile on your face.
You could also take a quad bike or jeep tour of the stunning local landscape. Many take advantage of the staggering number of golf courses in the area that have led to the Costa del Sol becoming known as the 'Costa del Golf'.
The nightlife in Mijas is known for being quiet and evenings are spent enjoying plates of tapas and a glass of local wine rather than out dancing until late.