Mijas Costa is the coastal borough of Mijas municipality, almost a natural extension of Mijas Pueblo created by the demand for new property during its boom years.
The Mijas Costa area borders Fuengirola and includes numerous urbanisations such as Las Lagunas, El Faro, La Cala de Mijas, Miraflores and Riviera del Sol – all the way to Calahonda, which is 16 kilometres east of Marbella. Combined with Mijas Pueblo, it is one of the largest residential areas in Málaga province, covering approximately 147 square kilometres.
Las Lagunas is located on the mountain side of the N-340 highway that separates Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Here you will find numerous shops, attractions and services within easy access.
A little further on is El Faro, which is a relatively small community also conveniently ninety accessible to the beach, various shops and restaurants, and a pharmacy.
La Cala de Mijas is the next major location after Fuengirola: offering comprehensive modern facilities including supermarkets, a wide variety of shops, a medical centre and a large open market located at the entrance to La Cala just off the N-340.
Riviera del Sol and Miraflores are next along the coastline, before reaching Calahonda. Both these urbanisations also have a diverse range of services and facilities, as well as access to some great beaches.
For generations prior to the property boom, these small settlements where just tiny fishing communities, until the 1950s when tourists discovered the Costa del Sol. Since then they have grown continuously as a natural response to the property buying frenzy in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.
There was an enormous increase in the number of inhabitants, which in the early days put great strain on Mijas Costa’s infrastructure, roads, shopping facilities, medical care, water consumption, electricity use and other aspects related to an increase in population. As more and more expatriates settled in the Mijas Costa area, the infrastructure was enhanced, and many expats took the opportunity of starting new ventures such as shops, building and maintenance services, real estate companies and other enterprises.
For those interested in golf, Mijas Costa has some of the best courses on the Costa del Sol, including Mijas Golf, two 18-hole courses (Los Lagos and Los Olivos) located slightly inland from Fuengirola on the road to Coín and Alhaurín el Grande; La Cala Resort, into the mountains from La Cala de Mijas and with no fewer than three 18-hole golf courses; and Chaparral Golf Club, Miraflores Golf Club, Santana Golf, Calanova Golf Club, La Noria Golf & Resort and La Siesta Golf. All these courses are well established and offer a combination of great golf with spectacular views.
The Miramar commercial centre is located in Mijas Costa on the outskirts of Fuengirola just off the N-340, the main shopping complex before La Cañada in Marbella. There is plenty of free parking outdoors and indoors as well as a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
Mijas Costa is a well-developed area which attracts tourists from all corners of the world, as well as those looking for a new life by the Mediterranean Sea.