Minglanilla is part of a metropolitan area known as Metro Cebu. It is known as the "Sugat Capital" of the south. The Kabanhawan (Cebuano for "Resurrection") Festival is held annually on Easter Sunday in honor of the Risen Christ.
Minglanilla is located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the southwest by Naga; on the northwest by Toledo; on the northeast by Talisay; and on the southeast by the Bohol Strait. It has a land area of approximately 65.6 km².
The municipality falls under the third type of climate or rainfall condition. It is characterized by a short dry season lasting from one to six months. There is no pronounced maximum rain period. The town is placed under the tropical rainforest type of world climate which has a uniform high temperature and heavy precipitation distribution throughout the year.