Mijas is located between Fuengirola and Torremolinos in the wetern part of Malaga.
The Mijas area extends almost 149 square kilometers, from the mountains down to the sea, surrounding the municipality of Fuengirola. Mijas consists of the following urban areas:
Mijas Pueblo is the "white village"
Mijas Pueblo which is in the mountains keeping the charming of a typical andalucian white village,
Las Lagunas which is in the coast keeping the most modern part where is the commercial area, and
Cala de Mijas which is the coastal heart and center of the 12 Km of coast that has the whole municipality.
Mijas is constructed to two levels
Mijas village and Mijas coast. The municipal area, which stretches from the sierra of the same name to the sea, consists of low ridges and rolling hills dotted with houses. The village itself, typically Arabic in appearance, is built like a balcony across the mountainside, its whitewashed houses contrasting sharply with the green of the pine trees, creating a picture postcard scene which is one of the coast’s most beautiful panoramas.
The beautiful white village of Mijas stands on the foothills of the Sierra Mijas and only 7 km from the sea and a 25 minute drive from Malaga airport. It is probably one of the most photographed villages in the whole Spain. The village itself dates back to pre-roman times and is steeped in history.
You only have to walk the cobbled streets and admire the remains of the Moorish fortress to understand why it is such a magical place. The area is surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the whole Spain and the restaurants and little tapas bars in the village are second to none. Mijas coast is highly related to Fuengirola, up to the point that there exist streets shared by both cities.
Luxury properties - La Sierrezuela & Valtocado
La Sierrezuela and Valtocado is where most of the luxury housing properties are situated. The Coastal area of Mijas is developed for tourism even in the small coves where the mountains reach down to the sea. Many people who is looking for tranquility and good panoramic views is going to Mijas to start their residence.
This privileged spot in Costa del Sol, surrounded of aromatic pine trees and the strategic position looking to the south and sea, is a wonderful area for living. From here the connection to the highway is excellent.
Mijas Foreigners Department
Over a hundred different nationalities have chosen Mijas as their temporary or permanent residence. Nearly a third of the Mijas population is foreign, due to all this the Foreigners Department was founded by the Mijas Town Hall in 1985, being the first department of this nature in Spain. The main idea of this Department is to help and inform the public. People consult the department on the most varied matters, but they are usually related to their having moved to Spain from another country, the fact that they do not speak the language and are unfamiliar with the system here.
The Department can clarify their doubts, help resolve the problems that arise, and in all cases inform them of the steps to take when their problem is not directly connected with the Town Hall. The Department is situated inside the Mijas Town Hall in Mijas village. A staff of three work daily in the offices attending the public in six languages: Spanish, English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and German. All the staff understands the Spanish as well as the foreign mentality, knowing generally how the bureaucratic systems work in other countries, which in many cases is fundamental to be able to resolve the problems that the foreigners have.
At present the Department attends nearly 50,000 persons annually. The majority are British, followed by Germans and Scandinavians, and a minority of French, Dutch, Belgium’s, Finish, North Americans and other nationalities.
Mijas cultural and social activities
The foreign population in Mijas is very active and takes part in practically all the cultural and social activities organised by the Town Hall. The Department organises activities to help the foreign population adapt and bring closer to the Spanish culture and way of life. Activities are also organised to exchange and encourage a good cohabitation between the different nationalities that live in Mijas.
The Department organises activities all year round, such as:
Concerts in Spring and Autumn.
International Christmas concerts.
Informative and cultural conferences.
Country side walks.
Cultural trips and excursions.
The Mijas climate is quite good because its closeness to the sea, with an average of 18 grades, not a hard summer and not freezing in winter.
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Population: 55,000 inhabitants Spanish: 34,000 inhabitants Foreigners: 21,000 inhabitants
Area surface: 149 sq km