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Mijas Travel Guide: 190 reviews and 596 photos

Fresh air from the Sierra and a sea view

At an altitude of 425 metres above sea level, (huff, puff) ............ amongst pine forests and lush vegetation on the side of the Sierra de Mijas, Mijas offers superb views over Fuengirola and the Costa del Sol.

The area is a favourite with artists and the narrow streets are filled with ceramic shops and artisan crafts. And and "English Bar" of of course.

It is believed that Mijas was founded by the Turetanos, of the mysterious Tartessian Civilisation.

The Romans developed a fortress on the site, which was conquered by the Moors in the 8th Century. In 1487 the town was taken by the Christian army and used as military headquarters during the years following.

It is rumoured (whisper, whisper, whisper) that underneath the Inglesia Parroquial de la Inmaculada Concepcion run tunnels where the villagers hid from Franco's army.

And I have done my best to find them without success I might say.

The villagers are a laid back folks and almost everybody speaks a bit of english.... it is busy all year round with tourbuses (mostly retired people) and to be frank, I found it was a bit too touristy (even now in the pre-season)... the english seem to have taken over here (which is a pro and a con)... as you do get a real fry-up in most places for breakfast... IF you are into that kinda thing :)

A bit further down the road is a hotel I can highly reccommend: Puerto del Sol, just about half way to Fuengirola.

And if you are not too tired from all that steep climbing, then check out the little villages dotted in the Sierra Mijas.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great views & food
  • Cons:Every second person seems to be over 60
  • In a nutshell:Great location - make it a base to explore the rest of the costa del sol
  • Last visit to Mijas: Mar 2004
  • Intro Written Mar 16, 2004
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    had some great drives around Spain and this area - lovely!but 5 mins for pics at a bullfight was enough for me!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2008 at 5:39 AM

    Nice things here !

  • Buenosamigos's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    capucine has gone out of business. The site now sells ceramics!

  • mavl's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2007 at 1:48 AM

    wish i could be there to help you move 'em boxes - hope you manage to get everything done. hopefully south america this february, wanna come and dance the tango in buenos aires?

  • la_beba's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2006 at 6:36 PM

    Great page! I miss Spain so bad! what a super addicting country! :o)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2006 at 5:40 AM

    cool Mijas tips!

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2006 at 3:09 PM

    Looks like a great place. I'll next be living in Tarragona for ~10 months, so I might have a chance to check this out!

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2006 at 12:29 PM

    Very interesting, and dfferent, page. Might well visit Mijas next month.

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2006 at 8:02 PM

    Hi Iris .this is a nice page , Lori & I love Mijas ,we have been there 4 times ,we take the bus it is very nice winding busride haha scary for many ,it was fun for Hansi They have a Flamengo show at the Pavillon wednesdays

  • hojasdehierba's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    I had a burro-taxi ride when I was a child. Your page have reminded me of :). Cheers

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