Mijas

Jan 15, 2012

Mijas Pueblo - a View of the Costa del Sol

Mijas Pueblo is one of the most visited of Andalucia’s white villages, a stroll around the narrow cobbled streets quickly reveals why. 

Its winding streets, charming nooks and crannies, flower-decked houses and numerous tiny squares all contribute to Mijas' popularity. 

The warmth of Mijas Pueblo invites you to explore the flower-filled patios, to discover the sights hidden around every corner, or to gaze at the stunning views of the Costa del Sol. It's hardly surprising that Mijas attracts tourists from all over the world, who enjoy the hospitality and kindness of the people. 

 

Mijas Village - Mijas Pueblo

 

Mijas is located only 30 kms from Malaga city. Driving towards the village, you climb a steep and windy road that cuts its way up to the village. Very quickly, you start getting glimpses of this typically Moorish and exceptionally beautiful white-washed village. The colourful plant pots brimming with bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine all add an extra dash of colour to this enchanting scene. Mijas was declared an Historic-Artistic village in 1969 and has been authentically preserved ever since.

 

Burro-Taxi - The Donkey Taxi

Burro-Taxi - The Donkey Taxi

This special taxi service, where the animals have their own yearly health checks, has become a symbol and icon of Mijas Pueblo. The donkey taxis are a popular aspect of local life. 

The initiative was first developed in the early 60s, when tourists arriving in Mijas felt so drawn to these animals that transported the “mijeños”, that they would ask to have their picture taken on the donkeys. Quickly seeing the potential, locals developed the service as we know it today. 

The Mijas Bullring

Plaza de Toros Mijas - The Mijas Bullring

This small bullring was built by popular demand in the 1900s. It still retains the typical white facade of the houses in these villages. The bullring is also curious for its oval shape (there are few in Spain) and for being located on a rock.

Since opening, it has seen many running of the bulls, but nowadays such events are no longer held. The bullring was closed from 1968 and subsequently reopened in 1977. 

Antique Arab wall and Gardens

Stroll through the colorful gardens by the ancient wall and enjoy a quiet, relaxing and unique view across the Costa del Sol, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular in Malaga.

On a clear day you can see across the Mediterranean to the Rif Mountains in Morocco. The best viewing platform is called Cuesta de la Villa.

Sanctuary of the Virgin of the rock

Sanctuary of the Virgin of the rock - Mijas

This is one of the major attractions of Mijas Pueblo. During festivals, the whole town gathers in this mystical place. The chapel was excavated in solid rock by Friar Diego de Jesus Maria and San Pablo in 1548.

But the story goes back, according to folklore, to 1536, when a pair of children (cousins) saw a dove perched on the rock day after day. One of the children told his father, who was a mason by trade, the father decided to explore the rock and realizing that it was hollow he started digging. He soon found a series of religious objects and the image of the Virgin who, told him to build a chapel in the same place.

The dark interior still houses the image of the patron saint of Mijas. A must see.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Mijas

In the upper part of the village you'll find another place of interest, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, built between the years (1541-1565) on the ruins of an old mosque. The church's bell is still housed in one of the Mosque's original towers. 

Max's Miniature Museum

Max's Miniature Museum, Mijas

This collection of 360 miniatures is worth seeing. First opened in May 1972. You can find almost everything from stuffed fleas, a ballet dancer constructed from a toothpick or the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci on a grain of rice. 

Mijas still has many more museums; The Bullfighting Museum, The Historic Culture Museum, Hermitage San Sebastián, Caves of the Old Forge, Ermita Ntra. Sra. De los Remedios, Mirador de la Sierra, Calvary Chapel, the Auditorium or Constitution Square among others.

Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate Factory

Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate Factory, MIjas

Mayan Monkey uses only locally sourced natural ingredients to create the best quality chocolate. Besides being able to buy chocolate they have developed a series of entertaining workshops where you can go through the process of making chocolate and even the possibility of developing your own. Discover more about this sweet spot in this article - Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate Factory

Hiking

If you are an intrepid hiker who likes to walk a network of paths, you can not miss the Red Trail of Mijas, a great opportunity to explore the natural surroundings of Mijas, whose starting point is the Mirador de Mijas Pueblo. Plano de rutas

Gastronomy

  • Pampa Tabla and Tapas (Mijas Pueblo)
  • The English Tea Room (Mijas Pueblo)
  • Wine Museum
  • El Mirlo Blanco Restaurant
  • Restaurant la Alcazaba de Mijas

Parking

The best place to park your car is in the public parking right at the entrance of the village. A large, comfortable and possibly the cheapest parking in Malaga because you only pay 1 € for a full day.

How to get to Mijas Pueblo

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