Mijas Travel Guide

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Mijas Things to Do

  • Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena

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    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...

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  • Saint Sebastian Church

    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...

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  • Iglesia de Immaculate Conception

    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...

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  • Ermita de la Virgende la Pena

    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...

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall of Mijas is definitely worth a visit - and it's free. If you park in the main parking structure for Mijas, and take the elevator up, you'll walk right past it. This is a beautiful multi-story building with striking Moorish archways, fountains, central courtyards, beautiful lighting fixtures, and stained glass windows. It was rather...

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  • Casa Museo - House Museum

    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...

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Mijas Restaurants

  • Horrible Paella

    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...

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  • Lunch for the VTers

    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...

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  • Cafeteria La vita e'bella

    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...

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Mijas Nightlife

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    by iris2002 Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    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.

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Mijas Transportation

  • Getting Mijas

    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...

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  • Torremolinos to Mijas

    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...

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  • Getting to Mijas

    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...

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Mijas Shopping

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  • All under one roof for fantastic prices

    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,...

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  • Traditional Carpets

    In Constitution Square you will see hanging from the balcony of shops some Moroccan rugs and other traditional carpets. There is lots of uniquely designed jewellery and leatherware as well surrounding this square.

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  • Craft Shops

    Craft shops abound with the usual postcards, magnets, fans, paintings, jewellery as well as ornaments such as the colourful bulls that you see all over stain which come in several sizes. You will also find some lovely scarves and shawls.

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Mijas Local Customs

  • Mijas Fair

    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.

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  • Mijas International Day

    The International Day is usually held in May each year and like all other Spanish celebrations, there is a lot of music, dancing and eating. All the various nationalities of the town are represented to share their cultures.

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  • Development

    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...

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Mijas Warnings and Dangers

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    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.

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Mijas Tourist Traps

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    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...

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  • Donkey taxis

    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...

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  • Donkey rides

    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...

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Mijas Off The Beaten Path

  • La Cala De Mijas

    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...

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  • Mijas Costa Beaches

    The lower side of Mijas has around 12kms of Costa del Sol coastline. Beaches of the municipality include Cabo Rocoso, El Bombo, Calahonda, El Charcon, El Faro, Butijplaya, El Egido and Piedra de Cura. Little villages of Mijas Costa are dispersed between the beaches.

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  • Cabapino

    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,...

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Mijas Sports & Outdoors

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    by iris2002 Written Apr 14, 2006

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    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

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  • Climate

    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.

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  • Guided Walks

    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...

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  • Colourful

    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...

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The outdoor market in La Cala de Mijas.
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The famous donkey taxi.
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El Compás vantage point.
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The Shrine of our Lady "Los Remedios".
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