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Places in Spain - Mijas Village (Pueblo), Costa del Sol

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The Village of Mijas, aptly named 'Villa Blanca', or 'white town' can be found perched high on the hillside alongside the N340 highway near Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, Andalucia. If there were ever a typical Spanish village worthy of a visit then this is the one.

Make your way up the winding, narrow road towards the village and see the white-washed houses arranged in tiers, clinging to the hillside. The road narrows as you enter the village that, despite its popularity with the tourists, has managed to retain its Spanish individualism and character. The town council have used the village's charm to its full and exploited its attractive character by providing for the thousands of tourists who flock here in the summer.

 

All over the village are view-points and resting places, one of the best being the Muralla Gardens, cleverly designed so that flowers are in bloom all year round. The Plaza de la Virgen de la Pena is another such place to sit, with the bandstand in the centre.
 
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Within Mijas there are so many beautiful streets that have to be seen, it would be unfair to mention any one of them . Tiny shops line most of them, all brimming with the local wares such as ceramics and leatherwork, jewellery and paintings. One of the best ways to see the village is by means of the local taxi service, being a quaint, typical Spanish donkey service. 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. Horse and carriages work the summer months and can be found in Plaza de Pina.

The village is split into several levels, each being connected by narrow roads and wonderful walkways. Plaza de la Paz (Peace Square) keeps up to its name as you sit in one of the street bars and soak up the atmosphere. This plaza is marked by a white statue of a hand and a dove. La Plaza de la Constitucion is in the heart of the village and in the centre of the square is a beautiful fountain from which the birds drink. This fountain was carved by Galiano. The square is surrounded by cafes and shops. Here you will also find the Farmacia.

 

You are confronted with so many opportunities to see the history of this sweet, little village, such as the Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena, carved out of solid rock and a tribute to the patron saint of Mijas. The shrine dates back to 1586 when an image of the Virgin miraculously appeared there. Subsequently an image of the Virgin was found concealed in a recess in the tower where it had been hidden for 500 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Perched high on the hillside, above the village is the Shrine of the Calvario, built in 1710. It can be seen for miles, peacefully watching over the village. From here wonderful panoramic views can be had. Access is gained by means of a winding path from the village. The interior of the shrine is only open on Easter Friday but the views are worth the long walk at any time of year.

 

Other attractions include the village bullring which strangely enough is of oval construction, opened in 1900 and still providing entertainment in the form of bullfights and horse displays to this day. The Mijas Museum in the old town hall has a wealth of exhibits and a gallery of work by local artists. The bullfighting museum is located at the bullring and is dedicated to the history of bullfighting.

 

In the Santana district stands a small 18th century hermitage known as the Iglesia de Santa Ana. The Church of San Sebastian is also worth noting, with its wonderful facade. It dates from the 17th century and was rebuilt in 1674 thanks to charity contributions. Altogether Mijas is a Spanish experience never to be forgotten and day or night, a visit here will leave images with you for ever.

Because of its hilltop location Mijas has splendid views all round. The best can be had from the church on the hill or from the park at the top of the village. If you arrive by coach, the coach park is in the middle of the village and you will need to climb the steps to the main town and main square. The square is surrounded by tourist shops and several very good restaurants. Mijas also offers a couple of museums. The folk museum shows the history of Mijas and trades of bygone years. There is a unique miniature museum, established in 1972 by a famous hypnotist and located in a caravan. It displays items from 50 countries.

 

Local fiestas
17th January - Typical fair celebrated in the area of Osunillas, including a pilgrimage to the San Anton Shrine.
March-April -
Semana Santa (Easter Week) the biggest celebration in Andalucia.
8th September (aprox.) - Annual week long fair paying homage to Patron Saint of Mijas, the Virgen de la Peña.

 

Other local attractions
Horse racing at the Hippodrome, along the coast. Tel +34 952 592 700
Water park on Mijas Costa - Tel +34 952 460 404
Sports centre in Mijas - a range of sports all year round. Tel +34 952 478 241

Contacts  
Local Police Emergencies 092  
National Police Emergencies 091  
Fire Brigade 952 461 046  
General Emergencies 112  
Ambulance 061  
Mijas Carlos Haya Hospital 952 390 400  
Town hall 952 835 391  
Casa Museum 952 590 380  
Molino de Harina 952 586 926  
Miniature Museum 952 589 034  
Culture & Sports Centre 952 587 750  
Sports Centre 952 478 241  
Gymnasium, Mijas Pueblo 952 486 094  
Football Ground, Mijas 952 587 750  
Mijas Golf 952 476 843  
Tourist Office, Mijas Pueblo 952 589 034  
Plaza de Toros (Bullring) 952 485 248  
     

Our travels to Mijas Pueblo
We have visited the village on several occasions now and each time we are astounded by its beauty and its charm. We have rested in most of the squares and watched the tourists mingle with the locals, all of whom are friendly. Mijas is a typical example of the best that Andalucia has to offer and is worth the trek from the throb of the coast and its concrete jungles. Access is however a trial, the winding streets difficult to navigate when busy and parking is a stroke of luck. We found the best place to head for is the area near the coach park, past the town hall. The atmosphere in Mijas is quiet and tranquil and its a place that demands more visits. You will see true Andalucian architecture and find it easy to picture Spain 50 years ago. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes or an ample supply of corn plasters.

 

 

Sampling the local specialities, you will come across 'garrapinadas', which are caramelised almonds, cooked in the street, fresh olives and 'churros' which are fritters. Pictured right is one of many street vendors selling almonds.

 
     
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