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About Mijas

About Mijas | Info on Mijas

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Population: 73,000 – Altitude: 428 Mt - Website: www.mijas.es

Mijas is located in the province of Malaga and lies on the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range.
The municipality consists of three main urban centers: Mijas Pueblo (the center), Mijas costa (on the sea, just after Fuengirola) and La Cala de Mijas (another coastal area).

Mijas is considered one of the "Pueblos blancos” of Andalusia, a traditional village with the typical whitewashed houses, the narrow streets, alleys and corners of extraordinary beauty. The houses are perched on a hill, drawing a contrast line with the green of the pine trees that covers the mountains.

Inhabited since ancient times, Mijas like the rest of Andalucia has seen the Roman and the Moorish domination before being claimed by the kingdome of Castile during the Catholic Reconquest; the town has always lived on agriculture and fishing, until the economic boom of the '80s, when the tourism industry and the construction took off, bringing welfare to its people, but unfortunately to expense of the environment, like in the rest of the Costa del Sol.

Today Mijas is a well known tourist destination and home to many foreigners. It is estimated that 40% of the population is not Spanish, which gives Mijas an interesting multicultural atmosphere.

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