Mijas Pueblo is a beautiful white washed Andalucian village with spectacular views over the Mediterranean sea
The Village of Mijas ( Mijas Pueblo) is truly one of the most picturesque of the white washed villages located on the Costa del Sol. This historic town nestles comfortably in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountains range some 600 meters above sea level and offers the visitor spectacular views over Fuengirola. the coastline and Mediterranean sea. It is one of the most traditional mountain villages and so typically Andalucian with its cobbled streets, historic church and large plaza.
Due to its undying popularity as a top destination for Spanish holidays, Mijas can be quite busy and crowded during the high season as many of the local travel companies will make this one of their most important ports of call. Having said that in most cases it is a joy to walk around and discover this fascinating and beautiful Andalucian village.
Popular attractions is the small bullring with its quadrangular exterior, actually one of Spain’s oldest rings in existence and the sanctuary of the Virgen de la Peña (17th century) or the church of la Concepción (16th century) are some of its principal monuments.
On Leaving the Church I would highly recommend a stroll around the old wall and gardens and along to the open Auditorium, if your lucky you may be lucky enough to witness one of the many cultural events hosted there.
The Pueblo is also well known for its charming donkey-taxis which offer trips around the centre and outskirts of the Village. Local laws have meant that the donkeys welfare has taken front stage and they are very well looked after, they are only allowed to work a certain amount of hours each day and have sufficient drinking water, food and shade at all times.
Although the village itself has a population of around 10,000, the actual area owned and covered by the Mijas municipality is quite vast and reportedly one of Spain’s richest. It stretches to Benalmadena on its eastern border, Fuengirola to the South, Marbella to the West and to the lovely villages of Coin and Alhaurin to the North.
The sub divisions of Mijas include the areas of Las Lagunas situated near the coast adjoining Fuengirola, La Cala, a pretty village with some 12 kms of clean sandy beaches it has become and popular tourist destination and residential enclave for the Expat in its own right, Sitio de Calahonda and Riviera del Sol which are also large residential areas with there own popular beaches.
Mijas is a Golfers Paradise
Mijas has arguably the largest choice of Golf courses on the Costa del Sol with 12 top class courses open to golfing enthusiast of all standards. Courses in area include Mijas Golf, Miraflores, Santana Golf, El Chaparral, Calanova and La Cala Golf Resort
A holiday to the Costa del Sol would never be quite complete without visiting the old village of Mijas, it’s a bit like a trip to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel tower.
Eating out in Mijas
The municipality of Mijas boasts around 15 kilometres of quality sandy beaches, most offering excellent facilities for the families and there are heaps of activities. Dotted along the beaches you will find a good selection of beach restaurants for some quality beach side dining.
Most offer a surprising selection of locally caught fish including the famous sardine which is expertly cooked by the sardinero over open wood fires as that unmistakable smell wafts along the beach as it tempts passers by to enjoy this local delicacy.
Sardines are cooked on Bamboo spits over the open fire, this locally caught fish is only available when there is an R in the month!
Recommended restaurants in Mijas Pueblo
Restaurant Valperaiso : One of the oldest and most popular restaurants in Mijas. Set within a spectacular villa just 10 minutes from Mijas Pueblo the Valperaiso offers a wide selection of International and Spanish cuisine. House specialties include the sweet and sour spare ribs, lobster thermidor and the leg of lamb “Pavarotti Style”.
Restaurante El Mirlo Blanco: This is another popular restaurant located in the heart of Mijas Pueblo. Established in 1968 this restaurant has consistently served great food for decades. Run by Auzmendi family for over 40 years the restaurant offers two elegant dining rooms inside as well as a lovely outside terrace. Classic El Mirlo Blanco dishes include fried peppers filled with cod fish, spider crab and tripe San Sebastian style.
Oscars Tapas Bar: For lovers of traditional Spanish tapas, Oscars is the place for you. Located in the heart of Mijas Pueblo Oscars offer a wide selection of tapas and cocktails too we your appetite. Popular delicious tapas include aubergines cooked in oil and garlic, meat balls in a curry sauce and deep fried prawns served with chili sauce.
Recommended accommodation in Mijas
The 4 star Macdonald La Ermita Club Mijas apartments boast an impressive location on the hillside just a few minutes walk from the town centre. The views and facilities are second to none. The apartments are fully equipped, large and bright with stunning views down to the coast and Mediterranean sea, there are two pools, a gym and lounge bar. Reviewer Rating: 9.3
The 4 star TRH Mijas enjoys a perfect location close to the towns centre and close to plenty of bar and eateries. An elegant hotel with tennis courts, Jacuzzi, sauna, facial treatments, rooftop terrace, wifi and views of the mountains and the sea. There is very nice restaurant and delicious breakfast buffet. Reviewer Rating: 7.5
If you are looking for good value self catering apartments then try the Apartments Casa Tejon located with in the centre of town. The property has 4 nice fully equipped apartments, sun terrace, free wifi and is close to numerous bars, restaurants and the towns top attractions. Reviewer Rating: 8.0