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.
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!
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.
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.
-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.