Mijas is situated inland about 10 minutes from Fuengirola by car, has around 40,000 inhabitants, is located 30 miles from Malaga and is 428 metres above see level! The nearest golf course is Alhaurin with Mijas Golf just a little further away . More course include: Lauro, La Cala Resort, Santana and Miraflores.
Eight kilometres inland from the town of Fuengirola and situated high in the hills near the Coast, where the views are breathtaking and the air feels clean and crisp, is the popular white village of Mijas. All year round this idyllic yet busy little town is a hive of tourist activity for the thousands that come here looking for a taste of the traditional Andalusian 'pueblo blanco' or white village.
The only road to the town is long and winding and at least a 10-minute drive from the main coastal road. The scenery changes wildly as the road climbs and once you start to ascend you will find more and more to see, as a large expanse of the Coast is exposed. Once at the top the beauty of the small town of Mijas will more than reward you.
Like nearly all of the white villages in Andalucía it has Phoenician and Roman origins, although its present layout dates back to Moorish times. Mijas is a mesh of small houses in tiny side streets, which blend into each other like a giant jigsaw puzzle, but despite its maze-like qualities it, isn't very big and visitors will find that it is only necessary to spend an afternoon in the village to see all the sights.
There are several monuments and structures worth seeing, such as the sanctuary of the 'Virgen de la Pena', a religious monument built in the 16th century. There are also two other places of worship in the town, the San Sebastian Church and the Major Church, which is located opposite the bullring.
Mijas's bullring is one of Spain's smallest and most unique as it is square rather than round. Almost every Sunday during the summer there is a bullfight in the town for which you can purchase tickets at the gate. Also near the Plaza de Toros is the Museum of Bullfighting (museo taurino) where you can take a closer look at some memorabilia related to the history of this Spanish tradition.
The town also boasts one of the finest displays of miniatures in the world. Within this museum you can see a real shrunken human head, various portraits and pictures painted on pins and needles and other weird and wonderful objects.
There are dozens of small bars and cafés all over the town, some with magnificent panoramic views of the Coast, others situated on cobbled terraces by fountains.
The majority of the bars and restaurants in the town offer an initial impression of mass-produced food created specifically for British tourists, but don't let the ketchup bottles put you off, because there are many good restaurants which offer excellent local dishes, such as gazpacho and individually prepared paellas, at very reasonable prices.
During it’s past the town enjoyed great prosperity as a granary and today the smell of fresh pastries and cakes waft onto the streets tempting visitors. You will also note some street stalls, which display delicious candied nuts. If you would prefer to taste these before buying the stallholders are usually more than generous with their free samples!
Local crafts are of great importance to the area, as you will see when walking around the town. Leatherwork, pottery and silver embossing and engraving are all trades of the town and decorated pots, belts, woodwork and many other locally manufactured items are available for purchase in the many gift shops.
Mijas has some great sporting opportunities due to its mountain position, with facilities for sports such as hang-gliding and paragliding. Golf enthusiasts will be happy with the three nearby golf courses and the views from these are also excellent.
Local festivals take place on the 17th January, in the first fortnight of September and on the 15th of October. January's celebrations are in honour of San Antonio and take the form of a romerá (open air party) at the Calvario Hermitage, which is visited in traditional carriages and carts. In September homage is paid to the town's patron saint, La Virgen de la Pena.
Mijas is perhaps not sufficiently lively for children (although they will have a good time at the nearby Mijas aqua park), but for a relaxed afternoon of sightseeing in the atmosphere of a real Spanish village (albeit one dominated by tourism), Mijas is hard to beat. Why not visit early in the evening, have a drink and a couple of tapas and watch the sun sink below the horizon?
To reach the village simply follow the coastal road N340 (near Fuengirola) and take the Mijas off-ramp.