Mijas is a typical Spanish village perched high above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa in the province of Andalucia. Often seen as one of the finest examples of the so called “white villages” of Andalucia, Mijas has managed to retain much of its tradition and old world charm.
Made up of narrow winding streets and white washed houses arranged in tiers, the village is split into several levels. The town council here has been shrewd in exploiting Mijas as a tourist attraction without altering/extending it too much. As a result it has become a favourite day trip for those staying/living in the coastal resorts. Great effort has been made to preserve not only the main attractions but also the residential buildings; in the older parts of Mijas it is law that residents white wash the front of their houses and carry out general repairs before the summer season.
The village of Mijas (Mijas Pueblo) dates back to ancient times, and there is much here to prove it. There are two Mudejar churches from the time of Arab rule, and the sanctuary of the patron Saint of Mijas (the Sanctuario de la Virgen de la Pena). Other historic sights include the Shrine of the Calvario (perched high above the town and boasting unparalleled views), Mijas’ bullring (dating to 1900 and of oval design), the Iglesia de Santa Ana (an 18th century hermitage), and the Iglesia de San Sebastian (another church dating to the 17th century). More modern sights include the folk museum, the miniature museum, and Mijas’ impressive town hall.
All over the village there are view points and resting places; such as the beautiful Muralla gardens. Also worth noting is the Plaza de la Paz (peace square), distinguishable by the statue of a hand and a dove in its centre. The square is lined with cafes and bars and is an ideal place to soak up the atmosphere. The Plaza de la ConstituciĆ³n marks the heart of the village, featuring a beautiful fountain carved by Galliano where the birds come to drink. Finally the Plaza de la Virgen de la Pena is another good place to rest your feet, it has a bandstand in its centre.
It is worth mentioning that there is a thriving arts and crafts movement in Mijas, in particular for linen and wicker items. The locally made bread and honey are also worth a try.
As with most old Spanish towns Mijas has an extended municipality, which in this case includes a 12 kilometre coastal stretch. Known as Mijas Costa this area has seen considerable population increase, mainly directed at two residential zones; La Cala and Las Lagunas. Mijas Costa is also the area most visited by tourists, and there are a wide collection of hotels to be found, in addition to a multitude of rental apartments and villas. There are an abundance of entertainment options here including cafes, bars, restaurants and plenty of shopping options.
The seafront is also very inviting, with La Cala boasting some of the best beaches around. Nearby attractions such as the Hipodromo Costa del Sol or Mijas Water Park are easily accessible, as are its coastal neighbours of Fuengirola, Cabo Pino and Marbella. In Mijas Costa the visitor can play golf, tennis, indulge in all manner of water sports, or simply relax and soak up the sun.
Mijas Tourist Office
Tel +34 952 485900