The property is on the west side of Mijas Pueblo, which boasts numerous craft shops, bars and restaurants, as well as a delightful, undercover, morning market, where you can buy fresh, local produce. You can also enjoy a horse and carriage or donkey ride! There is a bull ring to explore and a children's playground, which being so high up, has the best view of any I have visited in the world! Mijas is also home to one of my favourite restaurants, Mirlo Blanco, which is family run and serves traditional Spanish food. It is located in 'bank' square (just below the bull ring) and has an outside terrace for summer dining and open fires inside for cosy winter dining. I would recommend you book, especially in high season, if you want to dine on the terrace, as space is limited. The telephone number is available on request.
Mijas has a number of small supermarkets, but if you want to shop somewhere larger, Euromarket, Corte Ingles and the Miramar shopping centre are about 15 minutes away by car.
If you require UK branded goods, for example, baby milk (Aptamil, Cow&Gate etc) or Pampers nappies, these are available from Iceland supermarket which is a 15 minute drive away towards Fuengirola. It is advisable to call the supermarket a few days before arrival to reserve baby milk. The telephone number can be provided on request.
Although there is no pool at the house, if you need a change from the beach, there is a lovely outdoor, municipal pool, 1km from the main roundabout at the top of the Mijas road.
The nearest larger town is Fuengirola which is famous for its 5 miles of sandy beach, stretching from Sohail Castle to the west to Torreblanca to the east. There are plenty of watersports and activities along the beach to keep the whole family entertained. There are a number of 'chiringuitos' beach bar/restaurants along the beach, that specialise in fresh fish which you can watch sizzling on the bbq while you sip a sangria and top up your tan! The chiringuitos also serve other food if fish is not your fancy. I would be pleased to recommend the best (in my opinion) chiringuito along the sea front. It's also worth wandering off the main promenade to explore the back streets of Fuengirola, where you can find some great Spanish restaurants and tapas bars.
If you are travelling with children, I recommend visiting the pirate ship playground for an hour or so. It is located at the west end of the beach, a short stroll inland. It is great for burning off some excess energy. Further west is Sohail Castle, which is open to the public. I took my 2 year old son and his 7 year old friend up onto the battlements and they absolutely loved it. Also, open in the evening, on the main Fuengirola promenade, towards the marina, is a mini fairground for young children with rides suitable from around 2 year olds, mini dodgems and trampolines. Another 'must see' is a delightful zoo, right in the centre of Fuengirola. Older children might be interested in a trip to Tivoli World at Benalmadena, which is 20 minutes away by car. Also at Benalmadena is a wonderful butterfly 'museum' which is a real delight for adults and children alike. As well as numerous breeds of butterfly , it is also home to colourful finches, exotic squirrels and a tortoise! Fuengirola also boasts a water park, Parque Acuatico Mijas. Check their website for opening times and charges as the prices drop towards the end of the day.
Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona, Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Seville are all between 45 minutes and a couple of hours drive away and there are miles of coast line to explore.