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LIVING IN MIJAS COSTA
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).
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....