Mijas Costa is another of the main areas belonging to the municipality of Mijas, along with Mijas Pueblo, within the province of Malaga. This area, unlike Mijas Pueblo, which is located in the mountains, is at sea level and extends along the coast for 12 kilometers from Calahonda Beach to La Cala Beach, hence its name, Mijas Costa.

The Mijas Costa area is quite extensive and is composed of three main urban centers:

  • La Cala de Mijas
  • Las Lagunas de Mijas
  • Calahonda
Mijas Costa is comprised of 3 urban centers: La Cala, Calahonda, and Las Lagunas.

La Cala de Mijas

La Cala de Mijas is a small locality belonging to the municipality of Mijas and, together with Las Lagunas and Calahonda, forms what we know as Mijas Costa. With a population of over 4,000 inhabitants, the town is dedicated to sun and beach tourism as well as residential living. While it primarily caters to these aspects, La Cala de Mijas also has some municipal services such as health centers, schools, a house of culture, and a library, located in La Cala de Mijas but intended for all residents in the coastal area of the municipality of Mijas.

La Cala de Mijas is famous for its annual festival, the Cala de Mijas Festival, held in the month of August. This festival is highly anticipated not only by the residents but also by many indie music enthusiasts from not only Malaga but all over Spain, as top-tier bands often perform. Renowned bands like Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher, Love of Lesbian, Arcade Fire, and The Strokes have graced the stage of the Cala de Mijas Festival in some of its past editions.

In addition to the festival, La Cala is home to the Battery Tower, a defensive tower from the 16th century. This tower has a rich history as it was part of the fortified line along the Andalusian Mediterranean coast. Its defensive function was to signal the presence of enemy ships, prompting garrisons from Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Marbella, among others, to respond to the pirate attacks. The Battery Tower is open to visitors and is a place of historical and cultural interest.

The Battery Tower stands out as one of the main monuments in La Cala de Mijas.

As expected, another major attraction of La Cala de Mijas is its beaches, including the famous Butibamba Beach, one of the best beaches in Mijas. This beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the sun and sea, offering a wide variety of services and amenities for visitors.

Finally, another highlight of La Cala de Mijas is the famous Coastal Path, a 7 km trail that runs along the coast from La Cala de Mijas to the Calahonda area. The Mijas Coastal Path is a perfect place to appreciate the natural beauty of the Costa del Sol, providing stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains.

Las Lagunas of Mijas

Las Lagunas is another main area of Mijas Costa. Unlike La Cala de Mijas or Mijas Pueblo, which are more separate, this area belongs to the same urban nucleus as Fuengirola. Practically in this area, both localities are “merged” since the division between one municipality and the other is practically just one street. Both nuclei together have a population of approximately 132,559 inhabitants.

The Las Lagunas Theater has a diverse schedule of performances.

Las Lagunas has several leisure and points of interest, such as the Corte Inglés of Mijas Costa, an outlet shopping center that offers a wide variety of products and services. There is also the Miramar Commercial Park, a shopping center that belongs to the town of Fuengirola but is located on the land of Mijas Costa. It features a large number of stores, including Decathlon, Mediamarkt, or Kiabi, among many others. Noteworthy in this area is also the Las Lagunas Theater, a performance space dedicated to music, dance, theater, and events. Finally, for leisure and water enthusiasts, this area is also home to the Aqua Mijas water park, a family water park that offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages.

Calahonda

Calahonda is another of the main parts that make up Mijas Costa. This locality is situated on the Mediterranean coast and boasts a plethora of tourist services, including hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. Additionally, in this area is the end of the Coastal Path, which, as mentioned earlier, begins in La Cala de Mijas and spans 7 km along Mijas Costa. This trail is ideal for walking, running, or cycling, providing breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains.

Calahonda Beach

Calahonda has several beaches, including Calahonda Beach, a well-equipped tourist beach near the urbanized area of Calahonda, attracting a significant number of visitors. This beach regained the Blue Flag status in 2019 after a 3-year period and offers a wide variety of services and amenities for visitors. The waters are calm, and there are lifeguard services. Additionally, there are public restrooms, shaded areas, and beachside entertainment.

As you can see, Mijas Costa is one of the best places on the Costa del Sol to come and relax.

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