|Mijas on the Costa del
Sol in Southern Spain by Anne Sewell
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Mijas is located in the Spanish
province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia. The town
consists of two separate areas - Mijas Pueblo - a traditional Spanish white
village - and Mijas Costa - a modern coastal beach resort. Mijas
Costa is typical of all the Costa del Sol beach resorts with restaurants
and bars near the beach. In this article we are concentrating on
the beautiful Mijas Pueblo.
Pueblo is a typical Andaluz village of whitewashed buildings, with winding
narrow streets, and the proverbial geranium strewn balconies, perched high
on the mountainside with spectacular views to the Mediterranean below and
a scenic backdrop of mountains and endless pine forests. On entering
the village, it is possible to see the ancient spring, which provides natural
mineral water. Stroll the narrow, cobbled streets and breathe
in the atmosphere - stop for a coffee or a glass of wine along the way
and sit and watch the world go by.. then take a trip around the village
in the famous donkey-drawn taxis of Mijas.
The village is a fascinating
place to visit. Many bars and restaurants, attractive shops, and
astounding views all around, plus the following attractions:
of the Virgen de la Peña
Visit the Hermitage of the
Virgen de la Peña, which dates back to 1520. Built by Mercedarian
monks, the inside of the hermitage is decorated with the image of the patron
saint that gave this place its name. Legends tell that the Virgen de la
Peña appeared right on this spot, in front of two shepherds which
is why the heritage was built here and not elsewhere.
Botanical Gardens and
Just below the heritage is
a large and attractive botanical garden (plants are labelled with their
names for information). The gardens are integrated with the old defensive
walls of the town (la Muralla). There is also a rock gorge within
the gardens, which makes an interesting rock climbing location for climbers
to practice their skills, and lovely waterfalls and fish ponds.
attractions in Mijas Pueblo are as follows:
The Casa Museo is a fully
restored museum displaying old farming tools and equipment. Located
on the Plaza de la Libertad, the museum has a typical Andalusian style
patio, and on the top floor a range of sculptures, paintings and traditional
crafts can be viewed.
Plaza de Toros
In the same area as La Muralla
is the Plaza de Toros, or bull fighting ring. Built in the traditional
manner in 1900 the bull ring though small offers exciting bullfights on
a regular basis. The views from the seating area in the bull ring
are astounding. Close by you can visit the Siete Caños square,
the Casa de la Cultura and other other nearby points of interest.
The Carromato de Max is a
fascinating and special museum, located only a few metres from the main
square and the town hall of Mijas Pueblo. It is a museum of miniatures
which includes fascinating objects such as a picture of Abraham Lincoln
painted on a pin-head or a prayer written on the borders of a visiting
The entire Mijas area is
a golfer's paradise with year-round sun and numerous championship golf
courses within easy reach. Just inland from Mijas Costa you'll find La
Cala North and South golf courses and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.
Also within easy driving distance are the famous courses of Valderrama,
Torrequebrada, Alhaurin La Grande and Monte Mayor.
Well worth a visit on your
trip to Spain - make a note to visit Mijas...
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