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Destination guide

Escape to Andalusia in a Mijas holiday home

A wisp of white on the hillsides of the Costa del Sol, Mijas can look like a cloud drifting over the dusty Spanish sierras. In fact, it's one of the last pueblo blancos – white villages – to retain its old shape and style on this stretch of highly-developed coastline. While all the others have sprouted high-rise resort hotels, Mijas keeps its cobbled lanes and terracotta-roofed cottages. Still, that's not to say it's not changed over the centuries. Chic cocktail bars and bohemian art studios litter the whole place, beaches strewn with sunbathers and with water sports on offer are just a stone's throw away, and Mijas holiday lettings draw sunseekers and culture buffs by the 1,000s.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Mijas

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Mijas a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mijas Golf Course (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Alhaurin Golf Resort (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Lauro Golf (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Parque Acuatico Mijas (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Bioparc Fuengirola (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Fuengirola Adventure Golf (4.4 mi / 7 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Mijas

If you're planning a holiday around the weather, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 34°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Mijas

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Mijas. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Torreblanca Beach (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Roman Archaeological Park (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Las Gaviotas Beach (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Carvajal Beach (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Butterfly Park of Benalmadena (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Los Boliches Beach (3.4 mi / 5.4 km)
Beaches

Beaches within reach of Mijas villa rentals

The old heart of Mijas might straddle the scrub-clad sierras that rise above the Costa del Sol, but the new town also spreads down to the shores:

  • Book a holiday home in La Cala de Mijas if you want to stay close Mijas's own Blue Flag beaches
  • Families and sunbathers will love the deckchairs and restaurants that pepper Calahonda's long stretch of sand
  • Butiplaya is a popular spot for swimmers
  • El Bombo is a rocky cove that has some enticing clifftop bars and eateries – perfect for sunset viewing
  • Playa Penon del Cura is a favourite with scuba divers
How to get there

How to get to and around Mijas

The nearest airport is in Malaga (AGP), located 9.8 mi (15.8 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

How to travel around Mijas

Getting around Mijas shouldn't be hard. This small town clutches a narrow shelf on the Spanish mountains, so the centre is a compact place. That doesn't mean it's not possible to get lost, though – taking a map of the old pueblo is a good idea to help you navigate the rabbit warren of wiggling lanes and little plazas, there. A large number of Mijas holiday lettings, particularly private villa rentals in Mijas, can be found dotting the surrounding Andalusian countryside or the sparkling coast. For getting to those and back, it might be best to rent a car. Just be ready to drive on some narrow lanes and negotiate some hairpin bends once you've left the main motorway.

Food & drink 

What to eat and drink when in Mijas

The chefs of Mijas have carefully nurtured the Spanish tapas tradition in their cosy little taverns and bars. Even though it's just a whisker away from the coast, the mountainside location is enough to infuse the dishes with a taste of the Andalusian soil. That means paella is often served with chicken, duck and rabbit, instead of prawns and white fish. It also means patatas bravas and salted hams are a favourite accompaniment to those evening aperitifs. A local wine museum in Mijas also heralds the long tradition of viticulture in this corner of the Costa del Sol. Go there to taste muscat grape productions from the DO growing areas of the Malaga sierras.

Essential info

Facts to know about Mijas

  • Mijas has a population of 78,000, a large proportion of which are international
  • La Cala de Mijas is the main seaside area of Mijas
  • Book Mijas holiday homes as early as possible if you're thinking of coming for the summer months
  • Mijas is a major golfing destination
  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Spain
Good for couples

Couples' breaks to Mijas holiday lettings

Mijas is often hailed as the most romantic spot on the Costa del Sol. Mijas holiday cottages, located away from the buzz of the big resort towns, can be your ticket to privacy in the Andalusian ranges. Many come with glimmering pools and private terraces, which means long, lazy days of sunning yourself can be topped off with a bottle of Rioja as the sun sets. The town also has excellent restaurants. Couples' cooking lessons and candlelit meals of tapas are both possibilities in the tavernas.

How many holiday rentals are available around Mijas?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 7,530 holiday lettings around Mijas. From 1,052 villas to 4,972 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Mijas?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Mijas:

  • Carihuela: 1,013 holiday homes
  • Marbella City Centre: 487 holiday homes
  • Fuengirola City Centre: 459 holiday homes
  • Málaga-Este: 3,079 holiday homes
  • Puerto Banus: 833 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Mijas?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Mijas. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Mijas Golf Course: 11,016 holiday lettings
  • Mijas Plaza de Toros: 10,522 holiday lettings
  • Miraflores Golf Club: 9,501 holiday lettings
  • La Cala Golf: 2,820 holiday lettings
  • Calanova Golf Club: 9,637 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Mijas listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Mijas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 1,052 Villas in Mijas. Our other popular types of Mijas holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 4,972 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 939 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 178 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Mijas?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 5,880 holiday homes with pool available in Mijas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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