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Casa Bonita - Holiday Villa in Mijas, Spain

The Area

The Costa del Sol stretches 150 km and is one of Spain's most popular holiday destinations.  The area is famous for hundreds of golden beaches, from small coves to long stretches of sand with fashionable beach clubs and cafes.  The coast is divided into East and West with Malaga City at its centre.  Mijas sits on the Western side which lies just above the popular resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Puerto Banus.

There are hundreds of different things to do in the area.  Below are a few of the various places and activities you can enjoy.

Mijas pueblo is a beautiful Andalucian village nestled in the hills of the Sierra de Mijas mountains.  It is a 10 minutes drive up the winding road from the Villa.  The quaint little village has lots of beautiful shops and restaurants and you can see the famous Mijas donkeys. 
There are over 50 Golf courses across the Costa del Sol from challenging 18 holes for the most experienced to 9 holes for the amateur golfer.  There are 2 good courses within a 15 minute drive from the Villa.  Please see the following wesbite for a full guide to courses in the area http://spainguides.com/costagolf.html
Just half a mile down the road from the villa is the Lew Hoad Tennis Club with 7 macadam courts, padel courts, swimming pool, fitness centre and restaurant. There are courts to hire for the general public and various club session and oportunities to have coaching if desired.

Dirección: Ctra. Mijas, km.3.5, 29650, Mijas, Costa del Sol, España.Teléfono: (+34) 952 47 48 58Email: info@lew-hoad.com

Restaurante Valparaiso

Just a short drive away is a beautiful restaurant called Valparaiso. With a reputation for excellent food, memorable evenings and great entertainment you can dine in a magical setting with sea and mountain views. The menu, ambience and special attention given by staff is always of the highest standard.

For reservations call (+34) 952 485 975 (+34) 952 485 966

Carretera de Fuengirola a Mijas Km 429650 Mijas, Malaga, Spain

Fish Alley (Calle de Hambre)

Down in the nearest town, Fuengirola, you will find what is locally known as Fish Alley , a bustling area of 2 or 3 streets full of restaurants of every kind, type and price. And although, as the name suggests, you will find quality sea food on offer, these days fish alley caters for all tastes. There are at least a dozen restaurants offering great value 3 course menus for around 10 Euros.

You will find fish alley just off the seafront behind a hotel called El Puerto, near the port.

There is a large selection of quality shops and shopping centre's nearby.  El Corte Ingles ( The most famous shopping complex in Spain ) in Fuengirola is about a 15 minute walk from the Towns centre. A free courtesy bus is available and leaves the town centre on a regular basis.

The Myramar center is a large shopping mall and cinema complex situated at the Castle end and offers everything from Pets to Food and Jewellery to Boutiques.

There is also a good smattering of shops and up market boutiques situated around the town centre. The indoor municipal market is well worth a visit. Get there early to pick up the freshest produce Spain has to offer, especially the fish and seafood in the market situated on the first floor.

There are two main outdoor markets , the main one is held on Tuesdays and is the largest and liveliest open market on the coast and is situated in the mid section of Fuengirola in the area where the annual Fiesta is held each year in October. The other is more of a car boot sale held at the same venue on Saturdays and is great for picking up the odd bargain or two.
Bioparc Fuengirola has recreated a jungle and pretends to give a closer look at some of its inhabitants. In the Clear of the Forest you can see birds and small mammals of the tropical forests and observe how they behave in an environment, similar to its natural habitat and learn a little more about some strange animals. This is a pioneering exhibition within Spain, being the first to bring together terrestrial mammals and birds in the same place and at the same time. There are 4 types of habitat to explore from Madagascar and Equatorial Africa to South-East Asia and Indo Pacific

Avda. Camilo José Cela, 6 - 8. 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, España.
Tel: 952 666 301 Fax: 952 586 892
There are 2 water parks in the area,
Parque Acuatico in Fuengirola  (Open 28 April to 2 October 2014 usually between 10.30am and 6pm)
Tickets: Adults: 23 euro, Junior (8-12 years): 17 euro, Children (3-7 years): 12 euros; family ticket (2 adults+2 children aged 3-7 years): 58 euro
Autovía A7, Km 209, Mijas Costa, 29651 Málaga Tel: 952 46 04 04/08/09

Aqualand, Torremolinos  (Open May, June, September 11am - 6pm July and August  10am – 7pm)
Tickets: Adults: 26.00 euros, Children (aged 5-10): 18.50 euros, Mini (aged 3-4): 10.00 euros (2 euro discount when you book online)
C/ Cuba, nº 10 29620 Torremolinos (MALAGA)Tel.   952 38 88 88
Tivoli World
Tivoli World is the largest adventure park on the Costa del Sol in the centre of Arroyo del la Miel, just 15 minutes from Casa Bonita.  There are over 300 rides, an outdoor theatre, tropical gardens, plazas and lots more to enjoy.  Inside there are over 30 restaurants, bars and snack bars.

Opening Times Throughout the Year From January to Easter Week 11:00 - 21:00 Sundays only From Easter Week to May 16:00 - 01:00 Daily June 17:00 - 02:00 Daily From July to Mid September 18:00 - 02:00 Daily Mid September to Mid October 16:00 - 01:00 Daily November to December 11:00 - 21:00 Daily

How to get there
By Car: Take the Exit number 222 from the main A7 Autovia. There is ample parking. By Train: Local train line (RENFE) coming from Fuengirola or Malaga. Stop at Arroyo de la Miel station. Tivoli World is just 100 meters walk.
By Bus: The Arroyo de la Miel-Benalmadena bus route stops right at the entrance to Tivoli World.