Do you think that in the same municipality you can visit a white town, a coastline full of comfortable beaches, and some of the best golf courses on the Costa del Sol? Search for Mijas on the map, pack your bags and discover one of the most unique destinations in the province of Malaga.
This mountain town, which also faces the sea, offers visitors all the amenities required to enjoy a complete experience, mixing tradition of its past, with spots you can travel to via its famous donkey taxi, with the adaptation to the needs of the many visitors every year. In fact, Mijas is a destination that many fall in love with and choose to live there: the municipality is currently home to nearly 10,000 Brits.
IN MIJAS DO NOT MISS
The visit to the old town of Mijas, declared a Historic-Artistic Grouping, allows us to experience the Jardines y el Mirador de la Muralla, which are the remnants of the ancient fortress on which the city was created. These gardens were designed so that they would have flowers all year, and from its vantage point you can see one of the most impressive views of the Costa del Sol.
In 2013 Mijas opened its Centro de Arte Contemporáneo. A fantastic museum space with works by Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Miró, amongst others. In fact, the museum has the second largest collection of ceramics by Picasso in the world.
Another focus of interest is the Plaza de Toros de Mijas, which, like almost everything in the city is like nothing you’ve seen before. Built in the early twentieth century by a group of neighbours, its gateway maintains the appearance of a typical white house and has an oval shape, something very rare in Spain. To learn more about bullfighting you can also visit the Museo Taurino, which is about five minutes away.
Next to the bullring is the Auditorio Municipal, where Mijas’ Festival de Teatro Villa takes place in July.
A walk through Mijas also has numerous stops where you can learn a bit more about the people who lived there in the past. Starting at the shrine of the Virgen de Peñas, which was excavated in the sixteenth century by Mercedarian friars, and the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, from the same era built on an ancient mosque, making the most of its Moorish tower and belfry. The hermitages of San Sebastian and Nuestra señora de los Remedios, both eighteenth century, are also worth a visit.
Almost all of these sites can also be visited by donkey-taxi, which, as well as being a means of transport, is also one of Mijas” main attractions. Its origin dates back to the 60s, when some workers returning to their homes by donkey were asked by some visitors for a photograph or to have a go.
Alternatively, we can also enjoy the Tuk Tuk routes, which offer guided tours of the municipality on an original electric vehicle.
- Inhabitants (+50,000)
- Picturesque place
- Coastal area
- Inland area