Mijas is an attractive town on the Costa del Sol, famous for its picturesque donkey-taxi service. When you enter the town ... More
Mijas is an attractive town on the Costa del Sol, famous for its picturesque donkey-taxi service. When you enter the town from the Fuengirola road, you will find the 'taxi' stand with these funny vehicles, which are the best means of transport to go around this town's typical Andalusian narrow streets and squares. Also, you should definitely visit the tiny bullring, the two churches in Mudejar style and the sanctuary of the town's patron saint, the Virgen de la Peña. There are many souvenir shops where you can buy typical local handicrafts such as embossed silver articles and wicker or esparto items. To get there: take the Autovía del Mediterráneo (dual carriageway) toward Fuengirola. Leave the Autovía at the Mijas-Pueblo junction.
I found DARLING Fasinator Hats for 6 Euro each to take back to my friends at home in Mijas. My friends were THRILLED with them. I also found a fan that I just love and will keep as a rememberence. The town of Mijas is lovely, and the people were friendly, and it was my favorite place in Spain. If I come back that is where we will stay. I will make sure this time that we get an apt with AC. It's picken HOT in Spain!!!
We were staying in a self catering property a few minutes drive from this lovely pueblo. With its white washed houses, narrow cobbled streets the village has got many tourist shops but also a large variety of restaurants catering for all budgets and tastes. We found the best one near the entry on the right hand side called Restaurant El Puerto next to the take away ready cooked chicken shop - very popular and delicious! El Puerto offers an extensive menu where locals frequent too, usually a good sign! For instance, 1/2 chicken, good salad, chips for 5.50 Euros. Menu del dia (Menu of the day) choice of 3 starters/mains/deserts 7.50 Euros. We also enjoyed a lovely Paella for two at 18 Euros each. The owner is so friendly and believes in customer service! There are many other restaurants that feature English breakfasts etc if that is what you want. However, many of these restaurants vary in level of food/service since usually they deal with transit one time customers.
Donkeys are smelly and a sad sight. Horse drawn carriages (20 Euros). Otherwise a very clean and fun Spanish village with lovely gardens to wander around in and take in the magnificent views to coast and mountains.
Mijas is a treasure, other reviews are misleading. OK the donkies may be a bit wiffy but the town certainly is not. As for animal manure all through the streets this is just not true. A cleaning machine appears to work constantly. There are some really good value family run restaurants serving home cooked food. Try the Alarcon in the Barrio district and Bar Califa for excellent value. The best tostadas in the world can be found at bar Boveda just off Constitution Square. You should explore the back streets and not just look for disappointment when a Macdonalds cannot be found. If you find some goods expensive try bartering like the Spanish.
I, like many other expats, fell in love with Mijas. How can anyone say that it can be done in 'half a day'. Try the Museums, The Bull Ring (not in use now thank goodness), The Gardens around the main church with stunning views to the coast, the weekly free flamenco show, the free concerts, the verbenas, the ferria, international day, the numerous parades, the beautiful churches not to mention the warm and friendly locals of all nationalities. Mijas welcomes tourism, they even dedicate a day to it when a giant paella is cooked and given to all free. The only thing to dislike about Mijas are the unwelcome comments by the minority of day visitors who are looking for Disney Land and not a pretty Andalucian village.
We liked it overall, nice white village not to far from the coast.
food was great in bar Alarcon.Its in the barrio santana
Its a bit full of souvenir shops, but its still a nice stroll around
A mustdo is getting your photo taken in traditional flamenco costumes at Foto Mijas in calle carril
We had a blast
Have a good one
Mijas is one of the Andalucian white pueblos. The town sits on a mountainside with a wonderful view of the Mediterranean to the south, and mountains to the north. Conveniently located about 25 minutes from Malaga's international airport, it presents a compelling combination of access to amenities as well as areas of seclusion. There are a few resort style hotels, some cozy hostels, as well as rentals of private villas. Everyone should be able to find a level of accommodation to fit their budget and style.
Mijas itself is split into three areas: Mijas Pueblo is the "old" part of Mijas sitting in its privileged position on the mountainside. Mijas la Cala is situated below at the coast and has several kilometers of beach. Mijas las Lagunas sits between the two and provides all of the day-to-day necessities for shopping, etc.
Because of its location, Mijas can serve as a base for day trips to many fabulous sights in the area including Ronda, Seville (which deserves more than a day), Granada, Gibraltar, and Malaga. Mijas itself can fill a day of easy wandering and exploring and is perfectly suitable for walking. The shops in town are geared towards tourists (i.e., the goods are overpriced), but fun to browse.
In short, Mijas is a beautiful place best suited as a base of operations for a stay on the Costa del Sol.
Its really smelly.. but its worth it to go there and experience donkey riding for you and your kids.. its true the stores are overpriced.. and donkey + horse waste is everywhere on the streets.. but the souvenir shops r nice to see.. also there are people that sell some snacks there.. try it.. its nice.. they have something that looks like pretzels but its much softer and LARGER
Mijas may be picturesque and is worth a visit for the views, but the restaurants are poor quality and overpriced, and it has basically developed into one large souvenir shop.
I would recommend a morning's sightseeing there but no more.
Having lived in Andaluc�a for over 10 years now I have visited many much more authentic white villages, and would say that it is worth driving inland for an hour towards C�rdoba, Granada or Sevilla and visiting less well-know towns that are not on the tourist trail!
Mijas is overpriced in goods. The same merchandise can be found at the beaches (made in China) for half the price. The restauraunts over priced.... The atmosphere contrived... The best thing about the place is the chapel up in the hills and the walk up to it!
Take the public bus from any of the coastal towns;it's about $1.45 round trip.The shops are friendly, the people helpful, and the fun is everywhere.Most resturants have views of the ocean 2000 ft below or the mountains behind the village.The shops have great gifts and the town is charming. There is much to do but it takes only a relaxing half day.
Mijas is one of the Andalusian White Villages (Pueblos Blancos) in Southern Spain. It has a privileged position being situated at 1400 feet above sea level with an incredible view overlooking the Mediterranean. The town has many restaurants and shops catering to tourists, and several interesting sites that are all within walking distance of one another. Worthwhile stops include the Church of the Virgen de la Pe�a, and the areas near the historic bullring. Beautiful gardens surround the area behind the bullring and provide a relaxing setting to stroll or just sit and relax.
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