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Mijas Costa – Area Guide

Mijas Costa is the stretch of coastline that lies in between the boundaries of Fuengirola and Marbella. Most of this stretch of land has been urbanised and includes the resorts of El Faro, El Chaparral, La Cala de Mijas, Riviera del Sol, Sitio de Calahonda and Cabapino. Sitio de Calahonda is the largest urbanisation on this part of the costa and Calahonda beach is the largest beach in the Mijas municipality covering 4.5km of coastline.

The coastal bus service links all of these resorts and within Mijas Costa there are 12 golf courses. On its border with Fuengirola lies the Miramar shopping centre and the water park. El Faro sits on a peninsular and is just a few kilometres from Fuengirola and 28km from Malaga International Airport and is known to the locals for its lighthouse that stands over the peninsula’s point.

There is some rocky coastline; hence the lighthouse but either side there are pleasant sandy beaches. This is a popular spot for surfers. The resort is supported by a few Chiringuitos (beach bars) and a number of bars and restaurants can be found either side of the main road at El Faro Playa. It is mainly an urbanised residential area that is very popular with self-catering apartment/villa holidays. For a livelier pace of life, Fuengirola is just a short walk away or a bit of a further walk in the opposite direction is La Cala de Mijas.

La Cala de Mijas is at the centre of Mijas Costa and is only 31km from Malaga International Airport. Originally a small fishing village, La Cala has grown over the past 10 – 15 years into a small thriving town but has still maintained its Spanish village appeal which attracts many foreign tourists and residents. La Cala’s development has led to a vastly improved infrastructure with the introduction of a health centre and a number of new schools.

There is also a golf course. Sitio de Calahonda actually falls in the boundaries of La Cala de Mijas. A large and popular market takes place twice a week on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s and there are many bars and restaurants providing an enjoyable and lively nightlife that will cater for all tastes and ages. A major attraction to La Cala in the summer months is the entertainment provided along the Passeo (promenade) where classical music can be heard and flamenco dancing can be seen. La Cala is a popular destination for self-catering apartment/villa and hotel vacations as a large number of hotels that are situated there.

La Cala also benefits from visitors from its neighbouring resorts and its proximity to Marbella which is only 20km away. The 2km of coastline covering the 2 beaches of La Cala have been awarded the blue flag and all seasonal water sports are available.