When visiting the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, some places are a must-visit destination, and this is just such a place. There are many “pueblos blancos” or “white villages” in the area, but the prettiest of them all is Mijas Pueblo.
The village is tucked on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, with views as far as Benalmadena Costa in one direction, Fuengirola below and El Faro on the distant horizon. You can see the iconic Buddhist Stupa on the hillside next to Benalmadena Pueblo, watch fishing boats passing by in the distance, all while sitting up on a hillside surrounded by beautiful forested hills.
As a base for your Costa holiday, there are many holiday rentals in Mijas as well as some excellent hotels and hostels in the area. Once you have unpacked the suitcases and made yourself at home, it’s time to head out to tour the town.
Before you head off into the heart of the town, take a look at the fascinating Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña, a tiny chapel carved into the solid rock, which dates back to 1520, which is located right at the entrance to Mijas Pueblo.
Close by, take a stroll around the botanical gardens, perched on top of the old walls of the town. The views from the garden are astounding and all the plants and trees in the botanical garden are clearly labeled for interest. This is a great spot to sit and relax in the shade of a pleasant tree on a hot day. Of interest to note, right in the heart of the gardens, a rocky gorge is being used as a practice wall for rock climbers and you will often see people having a go.
Close to the entrance to this charming town, the famous “Burro Taxis” or donkey taxis of Mijas await, ready to take you on a trip into the past around the narrow streets of the town. Winding through the narrow cobbled streets brings beautiful vistas of clean white homes, with flower strewn balconies, and little shops and coffee bars dotted along the way.
When wishing to dine out, Mijas Pueblo offers a range of excellent restaurants offering everything from the traditional Spanish cuisine and tapas, right through to all kinds of international fare. There are also specialist coffee shops and ice cream parlours, perfect to have a rest and perk up before you continue on your way.
While not everyone enjoys bull fighting, the Plaza de Toros, or bullring, in the town is still worth a visit. One of the smallest in the area, it is surrounded by amazing views across the mountains. There is a small museum attached to the bullring which is also of interest.
Talking museums, one not to miss is the Mijas is also quite a bit more than just the pueblo these days. You can head down and visit Mijas Costa and enjoy a day at the beach or make use of the excellent golf courses at Mijas Golf. Whatever you choose to do, have a great holiday on the Costa del Sol!
*Image of a yard with flowers in the Mijas town, Spain via Shutterstock