Mijas sea and mountain, unique destination
Situated in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Mijas combines to the perfection its condition of mountain village with the important touristic development in its coastal zone. Its privileged geographic situation, between the sea and mountain, is the reason for its multiple charms, being situated among the most attractive destinies in the province. Its extensive territory is divided in three urban districts, each offering a distinctive look to the municipality. This way, we can find in Mijas deeply-rooted traditions along with innovation and modernity.
It offers the traveler the contrast between the traditional image of these lands and the adaptation to our time, all without losing the essence. The walk through whitewashed corners, patios, gardens, hermitages ... the town retains the leisurely pace and charm of yesteryear, sheltered by the mountains and extending the view to the countryside and the sea. We invite you to visit the old town and the most interesting places. For this Mijas offers a public parking open 24 hours.
On the slope of the mountain range is where you will find Mijas village.The old part of the village with its whitewashed streets has a design of Arabic origin serving as an improvised balcony with fantastic views to the Mediterranean. The rectangular bullring; the parish church ¨Concepcion¨; or the sanctuary ¨Virgen de la Peña¨ (XVII century), the village patron, are some of the most emblematic monuments. Also, its ancient Moorish wall, with splendid gardens and balconies that give a magnificent panorama to the traveller. The donkey taxis are an interesting and original way to tour the village. Mijas Pueblo also offers visitors interesting museums: El Carromato de Max (miniatures museum) , the Flour Mill, Casa Museo de la Villa (historical-ethnological museum), the interpretation center of the watchtowers in the Torreón de La Cala and the Contemporary Art Center (CAC Mijas).
Beaches and leisure on the coast
The abrupt mountain landscape gives way to the smoothness of the coast, where the district of Las Lagunas can be found. This zone is the industrial and commercial center of the municipality. Here, you can also find many sport and culture centers, the highlight being the Theatre of Las Lagunas. In the heart of the Mijas coast you can find La Cala, a central district with 12 kilometres of coastline. El Faro, Calaburras, El Chapparral, La Butibamba and La Cala are some of the main beaches (some of them possessing the E.U. blue flag). This area, which has an important fishing tradition, is home to one of the most important watchtowers of the municipality: Torrevieja. The climate of Mijas along with the landscape allows for innumerable sport activities; paragliding, hang gliding, skin-diving, hiking routes through the Mijas mountain range and mountain sports in general, golf on it’s numerous golf courses, horse races at the Costa del Sol racecourse and an acuatic park, Parque Acuatico Mijas.
Fiestas, handicrafts and gastronony
The local fiestas take place in the first fortnight of September, in honour of the Patron, the “virgin de la Peña”. The 17th January is the feast day of San Antón (in the Osunillas district, one and a half kilometers from the village), patron saint of animals, where people can take their pets to be blessed. Another event worth mentioning is the Internatioanl Festival, the Latin Night and the Mijas Theatre Festival, one of the most important summer events in Mijas. Apart from the afore mentioned, throughout the year you can find a long list of open-air dances, pilgrimages, concerts, expositions, theatre…in the whole of the municipal terminal. There’s always something going on! You can also enjoy the programme “VIVEMIJAS DE NOCHE”, throughout the months of July and August, which includes a handcraft fair, a tapa route and live musical entertainment.
Within the handcraft section you can find crafts of embossed silver, esparto grass and wickerwork. In the gastronomy, apart from the many international restaurants, there’s also a wide range of local dishes to be found: salmorejo,maimones,cachorreñas and gazpachuelo to mention a few and typical sweet dishes like buñuelos and hornazos go back to the arab era.