Mijas is one of the largest municipalities in the province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Because of this size, the municipality covers both coast and mountain, which is reflected in various urban centres that are very attractive in a different way. Thus on the coast is situated La Cala of Mijas Costa, a modern beach resort in the heart of the Costa del Sol. This former fishing village has been completely transformed into a popular vacation spot with a wide range of hotels, water sports, bars and restaurants.
About 15 minutes inland and about 400 above the sea is located Mijas Pueblo, the “Model Village” of the White Villages in Andalusia, and very popular with tourists due to its location near the coast. Mijas Pueblo is a typical Andalusian village that reflects its ancient Muslim heritage in its labyrinthine layout of its narrow, winding streets and whitewashed houses. As most of these villages, Mijas Pueblo is located in the mountains and offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean.
Such was the charm of the village that it has attracted over recent decades a large number of foreigners who have chosen this place as their new home and nowadays Mijas is a municipality in which live more than 60 different nationalities, which gives the place a cosmopolitan and open ambiance.
A few kilometres from the coast there are also several excellent golf courses offering golfers the possibility to enjoy the sport year round. Due to the high density of first class golf courses on the Costa del Sol and its excellent climate, it is also known as Costa del Golf.
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With the arrival of the Phoenicians in 800 BC they found access to the territories of the actual Mijas.
From the II Century BC. onwards the arrival of the roman influences can be seen, culminating in the first centuries of our era.
In Mijas, the archaeological remains that have been found confirm the existence of the roman city of Suel, possible successor of the Iberian-Punic City that was formed after the arrival of the Phoenicians.
At the beginning of the VIII century (711 AC.) a military force compiled of Arabs and Berbers who depended on Ommiad´s Caliphate of Damask, disembarked in Algeciras and occupied nearly all of the peninsula. After the occupation a process of arabicization was produced in which the language and the culture was assimilated progressively and a process of islamization which ended in a practical religious union of all the territory under Islam, although there was a certain tolerance towards the Christian and Jewish religions.
In 1487 the conquest of Malaga began on the 25th August many neighbours from Mijas travelled to Malaga to surrender to the Christian king, supposing that the conditions of surrender would be the same as those which were offered to the populations who gave in without resistance: freedom; but the resistance shown by Mijas in the 1485 campaign was not forgotten and its inhabitants ended up slaves along with those from Malaga. Freedom and the maintenance of properties was only allowed to a few families.
On the 30th May of 1841, the separation of Fuengirola from Mijas took place, becoming an independent municipal district.
Throughout the XIX century the economic activity of the municipality was based on agriculture, livestock and the paper industry.
In the 1960´s and 70´s, due to the development of the tourist industry on the Costa del Sol. Numerous owners of small rural properties sold their land and began to work in the flourishing construction sector, building numerous urbanisations that would make Mijas the main destination of residential tourism in the Costa del Sol and Spain.
Mijas is now one of the most important economic centres of the Costa del Sol, being one of the principal tourist destinations and boasting an ample supply of leisure and culture of which millions of visitors and tourists can enjoy.
Mijas has more than 12 kilometres of Coast where you can find clean and well kept beaches and coves such as, El Faro de Calaburras, el Charcon and many more.
La Cala beach
It has been granted the E.U. Blue Flag and offers all types of services and activities.
Here we can observe different zones, from the most urbanized with some house and chiringuitos, to most virgin with abundant vegetation. It is possible to be practiced the diving and the fishing.
The beach is next to the Urbanization Marine Beach. Account with diverse equipment. Windsurf can be practiced, guards and diving
El Charcón beach
Has a length of about 940 meters. Here you can find: Hammocks, wastebaskets ans gathered of sweepings.
El Faro beach
Around the End of Calaburra. It has 95 meters of cliff, 270 meters of beach and 245 meters of other cliffs, the End and 1,050 meters of beach. It is oriented of the West to East.
MIJAS RACE COURSE
The Race course Costa del Sol begins its construction in 1998 and opened its doors the 1 of July in 2000 with one summer season of nocturnal races all Saturdays, that finalized the 7 of October.
With more than 120 horses among the most important blocks they emphasized Irish, British, Swedish and Portuguese blocks Spanish. Some of the Spanish blocks and all the European reside permanently in Mijas.
Telephone: 952 59 27 00
Fax: 952 59 27 18