Favorite thing: Mijas is a typical Spanish mountain town, and this view with the high Sierra in the distance, gives the visitor a taste of what to expect. Enlarge this picture and you will see that the trees on the mountain have been subjected to a devastating fire. Rumour has it that it was caused deliberately by people wishing to obtain planning permission!
Views of the Coast
Favorite thing: Our visit to Mijas in mid-March was really as a result of the gales along the coast during the week. Carmen and Stacey kindly offered to show us some inland villages, where perhaps the weather would be more settled. Fortunately it was better inland, even if a little cooler due to being in the mountains.
Here is a view towards Marbella, and you can tell the weather isn't very great. Sorry the picture isn't that great.
White Houses and Green Hills
Favorite thing: Our visit to Mijas coincided with some of the worst weather the Costa Del Sol had experienced in years. The temperature was pretty cool, not chilly, and the mountains were shrowded in mist. It actually made our visit all the better because the town was not full of tourists!! Parking can be a problem but Carmen found somewhere on the edge of town, so we had rather a nice 'walk' from one end to the other.
- Family Travel
Shrine of La Virgen de la Peña
Favorite thing: Hidden away in a corner of the town, overlooking the wonderful valley leading to the coast, is the 16th century shrine of La Virgen de la Peña, formerly a Hermitage. It is built into a rocky outcrop, and nowadays looks rather out of place, with the more modern buildings surrounding it. I think there was a small entrance fee or donation required (Carmen, help!!), but it I remember correctly you can't take photos inside the Hermitage, which is now a Religious Shrine.
Fondest memory: La Virgen de la Peña is the village's patron saint., and according to legend the image of the virgin remained concealed for eight centuries, until June, 2 1586, when it appeared before two shepherd boys who had been led there by a pigeon. Another story says that; " an image of the Virgin was found concealed in a recess in the tower where it had been hidden for 500 years."
In 1656 work started on the sanctuary cave, which is nowadays always decorated with flowers and pictures as offerings from thousands of people.
A Very Unspoilt Town
Favorite thing: Mijas is full of charming streets, lined with tiny local shops in which you can purchase local wares, such as ceramics, leatherwork, jewellery and paintings.
Here are Carmen and Mary at the Fountain of Youth (my words), but it didn't work! LOL!!
Plaza de Pina
Favorite thing: Here in the Plaza de Pina you will find this nice (and expensive) looking hotel. this is the Plaza where you can find the donkeys, and the horse and carriages. Climb the fes steps, and you will see, on your left the 'Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena'
Why walk, When you can Ride?
Favorite thing: Hire one of these handsome looking carriages and be driven around the town in style. Horse and carriages work the summer months and can be found in Plaza de Pina. I think they are quite expensive, but we did see people patronising them.
Don't be an Ass!
Favorite thing: If your finances won't stretch to a horse and carriage, how about a donkey ride instead? There were about a dozen donkeys tethered here, all waiting patiently for customers, but none came!
For 6€ you can take a donkey ride around the streets, or indulge in luxury and spend 12€ for a small cart pulled by a donkey.
Apparently there are strict welfare rules in force for the care and protection of these animals these days.
Favorite thing: Mijas Pueblo is inland from the coast and elevated but still enjoys the climate of the Costa del Sol. The summer months see temps around 30C with winters staying mild at around 20C.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Another pretty street scene, with Carmen, Mary and Stacey acting as tourists, LOL. Most of the little shops were open for business, even though it was a March Sunday afternoon.