MMijas municipality consists of two different parts: Mijas Pueblo and Mijas Costa. Mijas Pueblo is a town located on the edge of the Sierra Mijas highest peak, Pico de Mijas. Almost everything that lies outside the immediate vicinity of Mijas Pueblo goes by the name Mijas Costa. It is also the part of Mijas that stretches along the 12-kilometer stretch of coast between Fuengirola and Calahonda. Mijas Costa has three different core areas: Las Lagunas, La Cala de Mijas and Calahonda.
Mijas is one of the many "white villages" along the Costa del Sol and perhaps the most famous. A small town that in ancient times mainly supplied itself to agriculture and fishing until the tourist explosion in the 1970s. Since then, tourism and the construction of holiday homes have been the core of the local economy. All houses in the city must have white facades and it almost looks like they are repainted every year. Small, narrow streets and the whitewashed houses have helped to make Mijas Pueblo a very popular place for both tourists and settlers. With its 79 483 inhabitants, Mijas is the third largest municipality on the Costa del Sol after Málaga with 570 000 and Marbella with 140,000. The population has also increased explosively since the tourist boom began in the 1970s, when Mijas had 9,300 residents to compare with today's almost 80,000.
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