When you have young children the choice of holiday destination becomes even more important than it was before. It can be the difference between having what feels like an actual break and not. The practicalities of Cala de Mijas are the reason we ventured back again for the second year running, only this year we decided to stay for two weeks rather than one. Since Freya was born 6 years ago we’ve had some amazing holidays but myself and my husband came back from Mijas last year feeling really refreshed and rested for the first time.
One of the amazing things about the area is the boardwalk along the coast connecting beaches for miles. It’s so handy when you have a buggy to walk along and stop at a beach here and there or a bar or restaurant (occasionally with sleeping babies!). The town of Cala de Mijas itself is very pretty with plenty to offer. It’s teeming with restaurants and has loads of playgrounds and things to do for kids.
Since it was more hassle than it was worth to eat out every night and it was so hot midday we often visited some of the surrounding villages and beaches for some lunch. The narrow beaches around are brilliant so the kids could build sandcastles near the water with no one in front of us or behind us. The whole area was in full bloom with flowers of all colours everywhere. It made the mountain villages we visited even more beautiful. Benahavis was a favourite. A beautiful whitewashed mountain town popular for weddings with bars and restaurants galore.
Another highlight (about an hours drive from where we stayed )is the beautiful city of Ronda. There are pictures below but I don’t know if they capture how breathtaking it really was. The only drawback was it was so busy and touristy and we had the only bad meal of the trip there. For those looking for a bit more excitement or nightlife Mijas is a very short drive from Marbella and Puerto Banus. Although for our next holiday we’ll probably do something in a resort or campsite where there’s lots of other children to play with, I’d love to come back here again and would totally recommend it for young families or anyone looking for a relaxing trip away from it all.
Vintage Levi’s cutoffs // Sandals- Mango // Linen shirt stolen from my husband //Bikini -Zara (old)