Balmy summer weather, not crowded like coastal towns, loads of character
Must be packed with tourists in the warm season.
Great location - make it a base to explore the rest of the costa del sol
Perched on the hillside at the foot of the village is this shrine to the Virgin of the Rock. It was constructed in 1586 around a cave where, after five centuries, the long-lost statue of the Virgin was rediscovered by two children. The legend says that the children had been led here by a dove and saw the Virgin appear to them to indicate her...more
In the centre of the village is the pretty white church of San Sebastian, its present appearance dating from its restoration in the second half of the 17th century. This is a typical Mudejar church, "Mudejar" being a term that refers to Spanish architecture of the 13th to the 16th century, which combines Moorish and Gothic styles. Inside, this...more
There are several churches in the small town of Mijas, I visited the parish church, which is called "La Imaculada Concepción" or The Immaculate Conception. It existed before 1492. It was ordered to be built in 1541-65 on the site of the ruins of the ancient Moorish castle, and one of the castle's towers was used as a bell tower. It was not finished...more
This ethnographic museum is in a restored house typical of the region, and is worth visiting for the house alone. The rooms are set around a pretty courtyard, and on the ground floor display old farming tools and equipment, oil presses, kitchen implements, brick ovens and many more objects relating to regional daily life. Dotted among the exhibits...more
A 17th Century cave-cum-shrine which was excavated by a Carmelite monk between 1656 and 1682, on the side of the Epistolary, a sacristy made of irregular stonework has been adde. The Eastern front, also made in a similar manner and for the same purpose, has a doorway with a round arch and a small belbry gable. In a small irregular niche excavated...more
Very small stadium. Very typical. Loved it. I really felt the magic of the corrida. There was no show but if you sit in the stands for a few minutes let your imagination do the job and you will see a corrida! Very pleasant visit! Built in 1900. About 4 euros to go in! Nice souvenir shop!more
The hotel was listed as 4* but quite frankly a 3* rating would have been generous. On our last...more
Grangefield Oasis apartments were very pretty, set high in the mountain urbanization above the coast...more
Not a hotel but a small and compact apartment block. It is also not actually in Mijas, but the...more
Surroundings were typical Spanish-quaint, colorful, comfortable. The server was stoic, not friendly, and seemed more annoyed that we came in when there was little business. He never asked how the food was and appeared pre-occupied with his loud friends. The bread served was way over-priced and the paella valenciana was horrible. It tasted like...more
Our group of eleven descended on this pretty cafe for lunch. There were a few tables outside, but it was a bit chilly that day (late Janary) so we decided to eat inside, where an open fire and warm ochre walls welcomed us. I was impressed at how quickly the staff pulled together some tables and seated all of us together – but it was very quiet at...more
A bunch of VTers invaded this caferteria on the last Sunday in January. The staff brought the drinks and food in order of ordering, so someone had to be the last. My drink never came and I had to ask twice more. Same with the food, after a very long wait I got my delicious toasted sandwich with serrano ham and manchego cheese (Euro 3.50) but they...more
Mijas is an upmarket and relatively quiet resort so don't come here expecting all night discos and karaoke bars!
But you can drink and dine in the local bars and restaurants till the wee, small hours.
For a wilder night out you've got the big coastal resorts only a short distance away.
Mijas is very well connected by public transport. We went by car from Marbella, we took the A-7 towards to Málaga and took the exit 210 and took the A-387 to Mijas. Trip its take about 30 minutes.Mijas tiene buena conexión con autobuses desde la costa y desde el interior. En este caso fuimos en coche desde Marbella, cogimos la A-7 sentido Málaga y...more
During our VT Winter Warmer meet , a small group of us decided to visit Mijas by bus. There are regular services here from Torremolinos 50 minutes+ away (which passes through Benalmedina) and from Fuengirola (25 minutes). The main bus company in the area is Portillo - Click for timetables/routes etcWe were informed that we had to catch the bus...more
Mijas is very easily accessible by public transport. We caught the number 121 bus from the bus station; it cost just 1.40€ each way (pay the driver when you board) and took just over an hour going and a little less coming back. We checked the times of the buses in advance at the helpful Tourist Information Centre on the roundabout by Bajondillo...more
El Corte Ingles: the Costa Mijas Shopping Centre.It is a spacious and relaxed centre, with the most innovative facilities and twice as many shopping opportunities. Both El Corte Ingl?s and Hipercor are present, with the top national and international brand names in fashion, accessories, home furnishings, entertainment, culture, electronics,...more
Mijas has a yearly fair which is held in early September. The event is held to celebrate the Patron Saint of Mijas – the ‘Virgin of the Rock’. There is lots of traditional dress by the locals and even the horses are dressed in their finery. In the main square, Plaza Virgen de la Pena, there is lots of food and drink on offer.more
As you can see from the photo, not all in Mijas is neat and tidy. You can see cables and wires swinging from one building to the next in a precarious fashion and rather unsightly to say the least. No care is taken to make things safe and tucked away.Around Mijas and the Costa del Sol, dotted like dandruff throughout the hills you will see a lot of...more
Nowhere in Spain (other than at our eco-friendly inn in Asturias) was it easy to be a vegetarian. Except for Andalusian gazpacho and cheese plates (which were both delicious), almost everything else comes with some sort of meat or fish, or the sauce or broth is made with a meat or fish stock. Salads are no exceptions. "Ensalada mixto" alway had tuna fish. This avacodo salad had shrimps crawling out of it, and was topped with a shrimp sauce.
In Spain, "vegetarian" often means vegetables and seafood, so be careful if you ask whether something is vegetarian. Spain's unacceptance of vegetarian options was confusing to me, given that the country is so far advanced in conserving energy and reducing the carbon footprint on so many fronts.
Here's my issue with seafood - let's start with this shrimp salad in the picture. For every pound of shrimp caught in the sea, 4 pounds of by-catch - other living creatures - are caught in the nets, discarded and left to die. Most fish species are overfished. The world's out of control over-population and huge demand these days for seafood as a "healthier option" is leading more and more species into distinction. Even the merluza I would eat in Spain (because one cannot live on Andalucian gazpacho alone), and unbeknownst to me when I was in Spain, is often caught by poachers. Unfortunately, many countries have been slow to accept fishing restrictions, and even slower in informing the public about sustainable fishing. It is hard to know for sure when you order fish whether that particular fish was caught using sustainable fishing methods. I finally got myself out of the quandary several years ago and stopped eating fish altogether, and didn't suffer for it in the least.
Hi......recently come back from Mijas peublo love it been many times my only regret is to see the DONKEYS...PITIFUL STANDING ALL DAY IN THE HEAT, being british i am raging that they need to be looked after properly ....every time i see them i kiss them and tell them i will try to help...there eyes are infected and i look close at there bodies i...more
I wasn’t sure whether to put this tip here or under “Tourist traps”, but as I didn’t use a donkey taxi or investigate them in detail it seems a bit harsh to condemn them as a trap, although I suspect that they might be just that. Certainly they are a well-known sight on the streets of Mijas and many people come here specifically to see them. They...more
I'm sure this tip in the Tourist Trap category will be controversial. Some people seem to enjoy the Mijas donkeys and think that is part of Mijas' charm. Mijas' charm would not be lost if they weren't there. For one thing, the donkeys are very smelly. They are parked next to the town center, so the stink from the donkeys wafts around the immediate...more
This is the centre part of Mijas municipality which is these days more built up that the fishing village it evolved from. There is a lot of entertainment on offer with restaurants, bars and a cultural centre. On Saturdays and Wednesdays there is a street market which sells everything from ceramics, clothing, plants and flowers to vegetables and...more
Cabapino is a few minute from Mijas, La Cala. Very pretty view point for the lovely sunsets but also a nice place to visit for the little port. There are several restaurants beside the boats in the marina. One leading out onto the beach. Sunbeds and brollies for the sunbathers too. We ate at some of the places there including Andys Bar/Restaurant,...more
Rock climbing in Mijas!
From Malaga take the National Road 340 (N-340) heading to Fuengirola, there you have to take the Road to Mijas Pueblo which is the little village you see north up in the mountain. The area is IN the village and it very easy to reach.
Bouldering in Mijas - Difficulty: 5.11b - 7a
Mijas Rock Climbing
Equipment: As I only free-climb (Nutter that I am) .... I suggest you inform yourself and bear in mind the heat and take enough chalk
Mijas offers free guided walking tours between September to May on a Saturday. These walks will guide you not only through the town but through the rural areas and range from between 2 and 4 hours. There are English guides and the walks are easy enough for whole families to enjoy. The meeting point for the departure is the townhall and departure...more
This scene was one of my favourite views of the town. The Green and blue tables and chairs really stand out against the white walls lined with flower pots.I was lucky enough to see it not at eating time when all the tables would have been full. The beauty of Mijas and other white villages is the fact that any colours really stand out against the...more