Mijas

Mijas is a municipality in the Province of Málaga in the Costa del Sol, between Fuengirola and Marbella. The area boasts a lovely white-washed Andalusian village, Mijas Pueblo located in the mountainous region of Mijas, a lovely coastal town, La Cala de Mijas, along the Mediterranean coastline and Las Lagunas, a suburban and commercial area to the north-west bordering with Fuengirola. Other areas famous within the area and highly populated by the British are Calahonda and Riviera del Sol

As one of the largest municipalities within the Costa del Sol region, Mijas is home to seven golf courses, including La Cala Resort, which is the biggest golf resort in Spain. 

HISTORY

Mijas was founded in prehistoric times by the Tartessians. The remains of original fortresses are still visible on parts of the exterior wall of the white-washed village, Mijas Pueblo. The area’s mineral wealth attracted ancient Greeks and Phoenicians to the village, who lay the foundations for the development and growth of this region. 

The Romans continued this development with their boisterous commerce. At the time it was called Tamisa. Roman domination was later replaced with the Visoghts who ruled after 614 AD. They were then concurred by the Moors who decided not to impose their religion and customs onto the inhabitants of the village at the time, in exchange for agriculture, livestock, and farming. The Moors changed its name from Tamisa to Mixa, and later it became known as Mijas. 

In 1487, Mijas resisted the attacks of the Catholic monarchs during the siege of Málaga. After Málaga fell, the inhabitants of Mijas surrendered and most were sold as slaves. Mijas remained loyal to the Spanish crown during the Revolt of the Comuneros and was awarded the title: Muy Leal (very loyal) and later it was promoted to the status of villa (town) and exempted from paying royal tax. 

During this period and into the 19th century, Mijas suffered from intense pirate activity along the coast. It was this pirate activity that motivated the construction of the watchtowers that still stand today.

In 1873 a road was built linking Mijas to Fuengirola. This ended the segregation between the two towns. However, the village remained isolated until the arrival of the first newspaper, Second Republic. There was no phone service until 1953 and the town’s inhabitants lived in original, minimalistic, white-washed homes. It was a very poor area and people struggled to make ends meet. 

In the 1950s, an asbestos factory was built to reduce unemployment and the first small hotel was built because of the growing fame of the Costa del Sol, as a hotspot for Northern European tourists. With the advent of tourism, the towns of La Cala and Las Lagunas began construction of residential, urban residential areas, which was the start of the area’s transformation into a bustling holiday resort area, as it is known today. 

PLACES OF INTEREST

Mijas Pueblo

Mijas Pueblo is one of the Costa del Sol’s most picturesque white-washed villages. Perched up in the mountains, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this endearing, traditional village offers breath-taking views of the coastline and further to the horizon, the African coastline. This attractive town is inhabited by locals and foreigners alike, who live peacefully together, sharing Spanish traditions combined with English and Scandinavian influence. 

Visitors are charmed by the narrow cobbled streets of this Andalusian, white-washed village, and the endless, colourful pottery hanging off the white walls with vibrant coloured flowers pouring out of them. Many artists and writers have made it their home, enjoying the benefits of an excellent all-year-round climate, without being part of the busier, more commercial coastal towns just 7 kilometres down the mountain. Despite its huge popularity with tourists, Mijas Pueblo has somehow managed to retain much of its traditional Andalusian way of life, the locals displaying their unabashed passion for all things festive and an unmistakable relaxed outlook. The craft shops have some wonderful hand-made pottery and often affordable paintings and prints by acclaimed local artists. A carefully chosen holiday memento could turn out to be a sound investment.

La Cala de Mijas

Until the 1960s, La Cala de Mijas was a small Andalusian white-washed fisherman village, located west of Fuengirola and east of Marbella on the Mediterranean coastline, on the Costa del Sol. Historically, it has been a place of defence, fortified with four towers along the coast. Its function was to give notice of the presence of enemy ships to the garrisons of Fuengirola, Banalmádena and Marbella. The towers located in this area are:

  • Torre de Calahonda (from the 16th century)
  • La Nueva Torre La Cala del Moral (probably the most modern tower along the coast, 19th century)
  • Battery Torre La Cala del Moral (16th century)
  • Torre Calaburras (built around 1515 in the Punta de Calaburras)

Today La Cala de Mijas is a popular seaside town inhabited by locals and foreigners who have chosen this key location to bring up their families and live a dreamlife under the sun, by the Mediterranean at an affordable price. 

Las Lagunas

Las Lagunas, also known as Mijas Costa, is the most modern, bustling commercial centre of Mijas. Las Lagunas is a relatively new area of the municipality of Mijas. Only 2.5% of the homes existed before 1965 and 13% of them were built between 1965 and 1975. 80% of this urban suburb was built less than 40 years ago. 

The area is very popular for families. All amenities are at your doorstep and its practical location sets the centre of Fuengirola and its lovely beaches within walking distance. The Fuengirola train station allows people to travel to the airport and into Málaga capital at a relatively cheap price, and without having to drive. The area is surrounded by excellent public sports complexes providing easy access for children activities including football, basketball, swimming and so much more. Nearby international schools offering quality education in English and Scandinavian languages, makes this place a very attractive option for families looking to relocate to Spain. 

RESTAURANTS

Aroma Café & Secret Garden

Calle San Sebastián 8, 29650 Mijas, Málaga.

+34 952 59 03 93

Restaurante El Mirlo Blanco

Calle Cuesta de la Villa, 2, 29650 Mijas, Málaga.

+34 952 48 57 00

El Capricho

Calle de los Caños, 5, 29650 Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 48  51 11

Peccati di Gola

Plaza Virgen de la Peña, n 5, 29650 Mijas, Málaga

+34 951 46 75 41

El Olivo de La Cala

Calle Butiplaya, 5, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 587 500

Konfusion

Paseo, Boulevard de la Cala, 19, Nº 2, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga

Tel: +34 952 58 75 45

Chiringuito Arroyo

Calle Torremolinos, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 49 20 33

Restaurante el torreon

Calle Reina Fabiola, local 1, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 49 40 50

Pura Sangre

Boulevard de la Cala, 31, 29649 La Cala de Mijas, Málaga

+34 952 49 31 89

CoNFuSióN by CEP

Calle Margarita, 69, 29651 Las Lagunas de Mijas, Málaga

+34 951 77 32 23

GOLF

Santana Golf                                                Mijas Golf SAU

Calanova Golf Club                                      Chaparral Golf Club

La Cala Golf                                                 Cerrado del Águila Golf and Resort

Miraflores Golf Club                                     La Noria Club Golf Resort

La Siesta Golf                                              Campo Manolin


INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

St. Anthony’s College                                   Las Villas de Mijas

Colegio Publico San Sebastian                    The Banalmadena International College

The Ark Christian School                              The British College of Banalmadena

College St, Francisco de Asis S.L.                C.E.I.P Garcia del Olmo

IES La Cala de Mijas                                     Public school El Chaparral

La Casita Martin                                            Los Montecillos

Suomalainen Koulu                                       G42 Leadership Academy

Svenska Skolan                                            Private Education Center Salliver

Sunny View School                                       Novaschool Sunland Calahonda

Fuengirola No.1                                            Pablo Ruiz Picasso Public School


HEALTHCARE

Centro de Salud Las Lagunas                      Boris International Medical Clinic

PoliclÍnica Alen                                             Center for High Resolution Specialty (CARE)

Parada Bus HCS                                          Refuge Ace Shin

Skadestue                                                    Empresa Publica Hospital

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