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Updated on October 2, 2011

I moved to Spain 4 years ago, to be exact on August 2007. Our destination was Mijas Costa, a beautiful town located in the province of Malaga, Andalucia, in Southern Spain. It forms part of the Man-community of The Costa del Sol. Mijas is divided in:

Mijas Pueblo: The village located in the hillside at 428 meters above sea level, with beautiful views of the towns and the mediterranean coast. It atracts tourist not only because of the beautiful views but also because the beauty of the streets and houses, all in white. There you can find a commercial area with souvenir's stores and restaurants where to try Andalusian food, also churches and the famous Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña.

Mijas Costa: This is the area where I live with my kids and husband, It is located next to the Mediterranean Coast (that is where the name comes from). It has developed thanks to It's beautiful beaches that attract millions of tourist during the year, due to the hot summer and mild winter. It is also a huge commercial area with a wide offer on hotels, restaurants, bars, discotheques and of course Golf resorts.

There are also residential areas like the town of Las Lagunas and La Cala de Mijas. This towns count not only with schools, medical centers, supermarkets, restaurants, libraries cultural centers and sports areas, they also count with a foreign department in the Town Hall that helps al foreigners like me to integrate to the town.

One of the reasons this town attracts tourist all the year is it`s mild weather with an average of 18º C during the year, a really hot summer and rain mostly during the winter time ( specially between November and January).

My kids at la Cala`s fairground, Mijas Costa
My kids at la Cala`s fairground, Mijas Costa | Source
My sister and me, in Mijas Pueblo
My sister and me, in Mijas Pueblo | Source
my husband and I in Mijas Pueblo, with beautiful views of the Coast
my husband and I in Mijas Pueblo, with beautiful views of the Coast | Source
My kids at Calahonda Beach, in Mijas costa
My kids at Calahonda Beach, in Mijas costa | Source

Raising kids is never easy, specially when you spend almost all your time at work. When I moved here it was specially hard, but with time, we learned to organize our life in order to spend quality time with our kids. One of the things I really like of living in Mijas Costa is the fact that almost all the houses, buildings and condominiums have swimming pools where kids can have a great time during summer. For parents that, like me, have a full time job and do not have the chance to go on vacations during the summer, this is a fantastic way to make kids happy because they not only learn to swim, but also have lots of fun with friends at the pool (always supervised by a responsible adult, of course).

The other fact I really like is that we live so close to the beach, that you don`t have to travel far away to enjoy it, but also that during the whole year you can have fun!!!! You can not only swim and enjoy the sun, but can also practice sports all the year round. We also have Parks located near residential areas and schools, so we can take kids to enjoy outdoors games during good weather...

Mijas Costa`s population increases during the summer time because most of tourist not only rent houses for the season, but many of them have their own places and just come to enjoy the summer time or long holidays...

My kids study in the beautiful town of La Cala de Mijas, formerly a fishers town and now a small villa that counts with preschools, elementary and high schools, medical centers, supermarkets and more. Mijas Costa's economy is mostly based on tourism, that the reason why you can find and enjoy beautiful Golf resorts and Hotels and lots of Restaurants.

Mijas Is not far from the city of Malaga, where you may find the airport. Once you arrive to the Airport you can easily reach this town by just taking the train or a bus. Is cheaper than taking a taxi and you may always enjoy the views....


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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      Don´t worry what you said is totally true. Two days ago i was talking with my spanish friend about this same issue and he was surprised and recognized that what Spain did with Peru and Mexico was wrong but still they believe that Spain is the best!!!

      I really enjoy the summer and party spirit but as I told you I miss my country very much...

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Marie: I din't mean to sound so scathing about Spain. The country is lovely and I certainly prefer it to Britain. I might bring my boat down there next year.

      I had gout yesterday and I was grumpy!

      Hasta luego

      Roberto x

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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      Dear Diogenes, I definetly love my country more than Spain, but this is a really nice place to live. I always have fun with the Ferias and music and of course with the food!!! Almost all the people I´ve met were nice to me..So is not that bad living here!!!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi I lived in Mexico for 15 years and love the people these. I can't speak for Peru, but I infinitely prefer Mexico to Spain with its legions of drunken Brits and the typical European dislike of anyone else.

      They dislike Mexicans, too, (The Spanish), Mexico was a country they occupied for 400 years (like Peru) and treated the peope abominably


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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This must be a great place to live on. Thanks for writing and share with us. I also enjoy your family pictures. Take care and have a nice day!


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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      Princessa, I share with you the love for the food, weather and life in, ferias, romerias...That is what makes this place so special...

      Sunshine625: Thanks for your comment, and yes, living in Mijas Costa is always a fun adventure!!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      What a fun adventure! Great photos also. Looking forward to more of your hubbing creations!:)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 5 years ago from France

      Hi MarieAlice, I love that area: the weather, the food, the nightlife and of course the never ending ferias. I spent 5 years living there before coming to France and even though I am a francophile I always try to go back to Spain every time I can. My little ones love it there as well, they spent the whole summer over there last year and they are already looking forwards to do the same this year.

      Keep enjoying that good weather, blue sea and fun pools,


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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      Dear Dim, I´m planning to go this year to Tenerife, if not, we will go next year!!! I what to visit the island and enjoy the good weather... meanwhile I will enjoy living in Mijas Costa!!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Great hub, made me homesick for Tenerife (but that´s an everyday occurrence, anyway)

      The pics of your family are beautiful. I´m looking forward to following you and reading more.

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      MarieAlice 6 years ago from Peru

      Thanks Malu for reading my hub

      Suzettenaples, you are right, Mijas is a really beautiful place bbut still has a lot to show to the world...I dont pretend here to be a tourist guide, just to tell people how beautiful s this place and I^m glad you had the chance to visit it years ago... for sure it has change but still keeps is beauty!!!

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      How fortunate your are to live in Spain! I lived in Salamanca about 25 years ago. I love Spain, and I have vacationed in Mijas. It is beautiful as you say, with all the white houses and the small business center. I loved it there and to think you live there. Great hub and I enjoyed reading this.

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      malu 6 years ago

      Beautiful place!