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When talking about Mijas one usually refers to Mijas Pueblo in the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas, a small white village 8 km from the coast of Fuengirola. The village is 428 meters above sea level, and from up here you have a wonderful view of the coast. On clear days you can see across to Africa and Gibraltar's famous cliff. Mijas Pueblo has about 7500 inhabitants of many different nationalities. There is a municipal building with all municipal functions, apart from the Immigration department, which now is located in La Cala de Mijas. Mijas was the first municipality on the Costa del Sol which offered their services to expats. Here you can get help in English.

Mijas belongs to one of the real white villages of Spain, here you are allowed to paint your house in any color, as long as it's white! The village has narrow streets that are virtually car-free, only those with permits are allowed to drive into the old town centre. If you do not want to walk around, you can always take a donkey taxi or a horse-carriage. Actually the donkeys made Mijas famous around the world. The short distance from the coast means there are quite a lot of tourists in Mijas every day. There are also buses with day-trippers coming to Mijas Pueblo, often from cruise boats in Malaga.

The municipality of Mijas is composed of several parts with their own names. The most famous of these is Mijas Pueblo and Mijas Costa, which in turn consist of several parts. Some called La Cala de Mijas, which means the Mijas bay. La Cala de Mijas, or La Cala in everyday use, was formerly a small fishing village a few kilometers from Fuengirola towards Marbella. Today it is more of a seaside resort, but has a growing population in modern residential areas mainly on the other side of the coastal road. The other parts of Mijas Costa are called Las Lagunas, which currently has the majority of the Hispanic population in Mijas Costa, Riviera del Sol, located along the coastal road for La Cala and beyond and finally Sitio de Calahonda.


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Restaurants in Mijas

There is a great variety of restaurants of all types and in all price ranges in Mijas. Up in Mijas Pueblo, there is even a restaurant that is mentioned in the Michelin guide, El Capricho. Another of the better Spanish restaurants are called El Mirlo Blanco on the slope towards the bullring. The restaurant has a nice terrace overlooking the small square, the Plaza de la Constitution.

Hotels in Mijas

If you want to stay up in the white village of Mijas Pueblo then Hotel TRH Mijas is a very good option. If you want to stay near the beach resort of La Cala de Mijas then the VIK Gran Hotel Costa del Sol is a good option as it is situated right on the beach. And if you are looking for approximity to golf courses, then Tamisa Golf Hotel is a great choice. No matter which area you choose, there are hotels in all price ranges and sizes for every need.

Holiday rentals in Mijas

An alternative to living in a Hotel is to rent an apartment or a house while you are in Mijas. Many prefer doing this because it gives a better comfort by having your own kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.Many expats own apartments or houses in Mijas that they rent out on a weekly basis. There are many places to look for holiday rentals. One of them are

Attractions in Mijas

For a tourist there is much to see and do in Mijas. Mijas Pueblo has a very unusual bullring, which is oval! It was opened in 1900 and is still in use, not only for bullfights but also for horse shows. If you are going to a bullfights please note that the prices depend on wether you want to sit on the shady side or the sunny side. The shadow seats are the most expensive ones! Just beyond the bullring is an auditorium that sometimes is being used for concerts and plays. There is also a beautiful park, La Muralla, with great views, which must be visited.

You should visit is the village's patron saint, the Virgen de la Peña, which is exhibited in a cave building from 1520.

There are also a few museums in Mijas Pueblo, a folk museum, a miniature museum, a wine museum and a museum of modern art.

Every Wednesday at 12 (weather permitting) is a free flamenco show at the Plaza Virgen de la Peña. While flamenco is in progress it is also a popular small craft fair with local products on the same square.

The world's smallest chocolate factory is also located here, Mayan Monkey. Here you can learn how to create your own sweets! Since the plant is so small it is recommended tha you book in advance!

Activities in Mijas

Apart from sunbathing, swimming and various water sports, Mijas is known as a golf community. The Costa del Sol has long promoted itself as the Costa del Golf. There are 15 golf courses to choose from. The largest is La Cala Resort with three 18 hole courses. Another popular golf course is Mijas Golf strategically located near Fuengirola. It has two 18-hole courses, Los Lagos and Los Olivos. Los Lagos was completely renovated in 2012, for 5 million euros!Read about Water sports in Fuengirola...

The only horse race track on the Costa del Sol, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is located in Mijas, just outside La Cala de Mijas. It hosts a range of activities such as horse racing, concerts, horse shows and flea markets.

Other activities include guided hikes organized by the immigration department. They are on Saturdays in September through May, and the guide speaks English. Should be booked in advance.

The water park in Mijas, Parque Aquatico Mijas, is located at the border between Fuengirola andMijas Costa. Here you will find water slides for children and adults, wave pools and lots of fountains and small poolsfor children of all ages. It takes 15 minutes to walk from the center of Fuengirola to the water park. The park is openfrom late April to late September.

Car hire in Mijas

When you need to hire a car in Mijas there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga. Read more...

Traveling and transportation in Mijas

Mijas is about 25 minutes drive from Malaga airport and about 8 minutes from the local train in Fuengirola. With the local train in Fuengirola you can visit several places between Fuengirola and Malaga, such as Benalmadena and Torremolinos. See train tables on

Intercity bus from Mijas Pueblo is mainly down to Fuengirola, where there is a bus station with connections to several places along the Costa del Sol such as Malaga, Marbella, Mijas, Ronda, Gibraltar etc. For timetables see Portillo's website here ...

There are many nice destinations in the immediate vicinity of Mijas. You can rent a car at a low cost, or you can take a bus or train to Gibraltar, Tarifa, Ronda, Granada, Marbella, Torremolinos, Malaga, Seville, Cordoba, and so on. Recently a high-speed rail from Malaga to Madrid was opened. The train goes into the dizzying speed of 350 km/h and covers the distance in two hours!

From Malaga airport, you can travel to most major cities in Europe without having to change planes.

Festivals and holidays in Mijas

Like any Spanish municipality Mijas has several festivals throughout the year.

-One of the most important is the "Feria en honor a La Virgen de la Peña", which is celebrated over five days up in Mijas Pueblo in early September.
-Festival Internacional de Mijas Pueblos during the summer is an International Feria that lasts for three days
-For blues lovers, there is a blues festival in Mijas in early July.
-In early June, there is a feria in Las Lagunas and in La Cala in late July.
-Easter celebration is quite different in Spain than in UK. The streets are filled with processions where one carries enormous statues of Jesus and Mary through the streets and the city is filled with people. During Easter there are processions in all parts of Mijas municipality.
-Among the highlights during Christmas are Twelfth Day of Christmas with its "Cabalgata" which is a large procession, including the three holy kings. Please contact the tourist office in Mijas for details and dates.

Shopping in Mijas

If you want to buy something genuinely Spanish, you should go to Mijas Pueblo. There is pottery, art, skins and even some clothes of linen. There are no big malls in Mijas Pueblo, so you must go down to the coast and Las Lagunas where you can find El Corte Ingles. In Parque Miramar, next to the coast road A7 there is a shopping zone that is divided into areas close to each other. One part, the Eroski mall, consists a number of small shops, and the second part has the larger stores like Decathlon, Jysk and Worten.

Spanish classes in Mijas

Whether you want to learn Spanish from scratch or you want to improve your Spanish, Mijas is a superb choice. The advantage of taking a Spanish course in Mijas is that you can practice your Spanish skills at your leisure.On you will find Spanish courses in Mijas and many other cities in Spain.

Mijas Flamenco Show
Flamencoshow in Mijas Pueblo

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Donkey Taxi

Water source in Mijas
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