Mijas, Mijas Pueblo
Mijas bull ring - the smallest in Spain.
Mijas Costa and Mijas Pueblo
On the western Costa del Sol, 30 kilometres from Malaga, Mijas, known as the White Village, is situated at the foothills of the Cordón Montañoso del Litoral (Coastal Mountain Range), one of the most typical examples of the pretty mountain town in Andalucía, with views over much of the Costa del Sol. The municipal area covers almost 140 square kilometres, from the mountains down to the sea, surrounding the municipality of Fuengirola. The urban areas of Mijas are Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and La Cala de Mijas. In the first we find the old part of the town with its Town Hall, its historic buildings and its whitewashed houses. Las Lagunas is where most of the services and housing developments are situated, as in La Cala de Mijas. The Fuengirola River flows through the centre of the municipality, where there are large agricultural areas being gradually taken over by golf courses and luxury housing estates. The coastal area is highly developed for tourism, even in the small coves where the mountains reach down to the sea. But the four Vigilance Towers dating from centuries back are still there, these being the Calaburras, the Torre Vieja, the Torre Nueva (this built in the 19th century) and the Torre de Calahonda, built in the 16th century.
Arriving from the old road that unites Mijas with Benalmádena, one passes the large lookout point opening to the sea, amidst pines and ornamental plants between the summer houses along the coastline.
Municipal Tourist Office, Plaza Virgen de la Peña.Mijas. 29650.
Phone 952 485 900
Gastronomy in Mijas
The large number of foreign residents in Mijas has resulted in a cuisine that is truly international, with restaurants from the five continents in the town. But the most traditional dishes of the area are similar to those of other small towns in the region, with plenty of wholesome products from the local soil and sea. The people of Mijas make excellent pastries too.
Fiestas and ferias in Mijas
There are numerous festivals in Mijas throughout the year. Apart from the annual summer Feria in honour of the Virgen de la Peña, which takes place in Mijas Pueblo, there is the festival in honour of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Barrio de Santa Ana); the romerías of San Antón in January, of Valtocado in April and of Osunillas in June. The night of San Juan and Corpus Cristi are important festivals here too, and one of the most interesting for foreign residents and visitors is the Día Internacional de los Pueblos, in which many foreigners take part. La Cala and Las Lagunas have their own festivals and romerías during the summer months.
Attractions and activities in Mijas
Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña
The Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña was built by Mercedarian monks in 1520. Inside is the image of the patron saint of the town, the Virgen de la Peña, so designated because, according to legend, she appeared on this spot to two shepherds. The place is known as El Compás, and there is a lookout point there over the Mijas Valley and a large part of the Costa del Sol. The area of the wall, La Muralla, is in fact a garden complex with balconies from where one can view the coast below. The name comes from the existence of an ancient wall that was once part of the town's defenses.
Restored and opened to the public just a year ago, this museum houses farming tools and equipment that show how people worked in the countryside not so long ago. The inside patio is typically Andalusian, and the upper floor is given over to exhibitions of painting, sculpture and traditional crafts. The museum is in the Plaza de la Libertad. Tel: 952 590 380.
Plaza de Toros
The bullring, square on the outside, is in the La Muralla area. It was built in 1900, and close to it one can find the Municipal Auditorium. In the lower area of La Muralla, towards the town centre, there is a fountain built with blocks of marble that slid down the mountains after the floods of 1881. Just up from here is the little square of the Siete Caños, where the Casa de la Cultura, formerly the Town Hall, stands.
Carromato (Covered wagon) de Max
This curiously named museum houses a unique collection of miniatures that include the Our Father prayer written on the borders of a visiting card and Abraham Lincoln painted on the head of a pin, along with many other small items. It is situated at the foot of the La Muralla, in the upper part of Mijas Pueblo.
Costa del Sol racetrack
The new Costa del Sol racetrack is one of the best in Spain. Apart from the traditional horse racing, there is live music there on Friday and Saturday nights. The Friday night jazz sessions begin at 9 p.m. and go on to two in the morning, and the music on the Saturdays takes place before the racing, and is varied in style. There are also restaurants in the complex. Riding classes are given there, along with advanced riding and show jumping. Internet.
Museum of the Torres Vigías (Cala de Mijas)
Times: Autumn-winter. Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 1 and from 4 to 8 p.m. Spring-summer. Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 to 1 and from 7 to 11 p.m. Tel: 952 590 380.
Where to sleep in Mijas
Hotel Byblos(5*). Urbanización Mijas Golf, Mijas.
Phone 952 473 050
Hotel La Cala Resort(5*). Apartado de Correos 106, Mijas.
Phone 952 669 000.
Hotel Mijas(4*). Urbanización Tamisa, 2, , Mijas.
Phone 952 486 400
Hotel Tamisa Golf(4*). Cno viejo de Coín, Km 3, 3.
Phone 952 585 988
Hotel Apartahotel Fontana Beach. C/Libra Riviera del Sol.
Mijas. Phone 952 934 852
Casa Aloha Beach(1*). Playa El Chaparral, Mijas.
Phone 952 494 540
Hotel Mijas. Plaza Virgen de la Peña, Mijas.
Phone 952 493 199
Pensión Rancho La Paz. Torreblanca, Mijas.
Phone 952 486 793
Pensión-Finca Blake. Ctra. Mijas-Fuengirola, Mijas.
Phone 952 590 401
Pensión Mijas. C/Coín, Mijas.
Phone 952 485 310
Hostal Veramar. La Cala, Mijas.
Phone 952 494 745
Camping Calazul. La Cala- Mijas Costa.
Phone 952 493 219
Camping Los Jarales. Calahonda- Mijas Costa.
Phone 952 930 003
Eating out in Mijas
Centro Comercial El Zoco Mijas Costa (Calahonda) Phone 952 930 440
Plaza de la Constitución, Mijas.
Phone 952 590 253
Plaza de la Constitución, Pasaje de los Pescadores, Mijas.
Phone 952 485 348
Avda. del Compás, 22, Mijas.
Phone 952 485 000
Alba Ctra.de Mijas, Km.4, Mijas.
Phone 952 485 554
Marisquería El Torreón
C/Reina Fabiola, 31, Mijas.
Phone 952 493 926
El Mirlo Blanco
Pza.de la Constitución, Mijas.
Phone 952 485 700
The origins of the town go back a long way, as we can see from various archaeological finds made in the area around the parish church. It was known as Tarnisa in Roman times, then a prosperous place close to the old road between Malaga and Cadiz. It was conquered in 714 by the Moorish leader Abdalaziz, son of Muza, through a pact made with the local Hispano-Gothic population, and it was the Moors who changed the Roman Tarmina to Mixa, a word that was bastardised into Castellano as Mijas. During the rebellion of Omar ben Hafsun at the end of the 9th and beginning of the 10th century, Mijas changed hands a number of times between the rebels and the emirate. It was conquered by the Christians after Malaga fell in 1487, just before the fall of the Nazrid kingdom. In the fighting that followed, Mijas became a military headquarters. Many of the defeated Moors decided to remain on in the town, which was re-populated by Christians from the north. Loyal to Juana La Loca in the war of the Comunidades, Mijas was awarded the title of Villa in 1512, along with a prize much better appreciated: freedom from taxes. The Crown later conferred on the town the title Muy Leal.
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