Mijas Costa is the part of the municipality of Mijas which covers the 12 kilometre stretch of coastline joining El Chaparral, La Cala, El Combo and Calahonda and takes in the two major urbanizations, Riviera del Sol and Sitio de Calahonda. Although just a twenty minute drive from little village of Mijas which is still steeped in the old Andalucían traditions and customs, the residential and beach life of the coast is very much 21st century. The properties available range from small studio apartments for holiday lets to major villa developments with a sea and Mountain View from the private pool. The beach life offers water sports ranging from jet skis, water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, parapenting and more.
La Cala de Mijas is the center of Mijas Costa. This city center retains all the charm of the typical fishing village despite the urban development of the last decades. In La Cala is one of the Watchers Torres commented formerly Torrevieja (Tower of the Cala), built around the year 1,540. Currently, inside we find the Interpretation Centre of the Watchers Torres where the operation of these and the Tourist Information La Cala shown.The two large urbanizations, Sitio de Calahonda and Riviera del Sol containing two large villages and have all the amenities such as commercial centres, supermarkets, golf courses, sports centres, bars and restaurants for everyday living. Many foreign residents live here permanently and during the summer time it is also a very popular holiday destinations. Due to the great number of english speaking residents and visitors, it is easy to find english medical centres where most of the workers speak english. As many other areas on the Costa del Sol the main A7 motorway divides the sea side from the mountain side. A favorite of the residents is the street market El Barratillo every Wednesday and Saturday from around 09:00 - 14:30. The market offers everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to local crafts like pottery, flowers and plants, and more. One of the jewels of Mijas is also the beautiful village of Mijas just above Mijas coast in the mountainside area and nestles comfortably at 400 meters above sea level. it is a superb choice for either holiday or as a full time living area. Over 7,500 people has already chosen this 'pueblo' as their permanent home, and as a result of the many foreigners living here in and around the pueblo, the Town Hall has set up a very helpful Foreigner's Department, which caters for the many needs of those who do not speak Spanish. When you wander around in these amazing and narrow cobbled streets of this Andalucian village, you can understand what has attracted foreigners to settle down here over the years. Besides having a little more tolerable climate for many of us in the summertime, it is a perfect setting without being part of the busier, more commercial coastal towns just 7 kilometres down the mountain side. Despite its huge popularity with tourists, Mijas Pueblo has somehow managed to retain much of its traditional Andalucian way of life.