To begin with it is necessary to differentiate the areas that make up Mijas, as it is made up of three urban centres; Mijas Pueblo, Mijas Costa and Las Lagunas. In this post we focus on the 10 must-see places in the area of Mijas PuebloIts typical Andalusian village beauty continues to attract national and international tourists.
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Surely when you have asked yourself what to see in MijasThe first thing that has come to your mind is the typical donkeys of Mijas and its whitewashed streets. However, we cannot forget that Mijas is one of the most beautiful white villages in Andalusia and hides many places worth visiting.
From Visitanddo.com we have prepared our Top 10 things to see in Mijas.
1. Mijas Bullring
The Bullring is one of the places to see in Mijas, it was built in 1900 at the request of some neighbours and has an oval shape due to the lack of space in the location chosen for its construction. This is something peculiar and rareIt is considered one of the most original in Spain.
2. Riding in a donkey taxi
For years now, one of the most popular tourist activities in Mijas has been riding in "Donkey taxi".Many tourists visit it to take a ride through the streets of the village on this animal and have their photographs taken with it. Without a doubt, the donkey is the star of this small village, as there is even a bronze statue of a donkey.
3. Virgen de la Peña Square
If you come to visit this beautiful village, you can start at the Virgen de la Peña Square as a starting point. In the surroundings you will find the Town Hall, a bronze statue of a donkey, which is the symbol of Mijas and next to it the Virgen de la Peña Chapel which gives its name to the square, as well as souvenir shops and restaurants.
4. The Virgen de la Peña Hermitage
The Virgen de la Peña Chapel is a beautiful chapel carved into the rock in the seventeenth century, inside is the image of the Virgin that gives its name to the chapel, patron saint of the municipality of Mijas. Legend has it that two shepherd children discovered it in 1586, and the magical part of the story is that they were guided to the place by a dove.
5. The Church of the Immaculate Conception
The Church of the Immaculate Conception de Mijas was built in the 16th century on the basis of earlier buildings. It is notable for having a bell tower, which was part of the old castle tower. It preserves in its interior eight marvellous frescos of the Apostles from the Baroque period, which were discovered two decades ago during a restoration.
6. The Fortress of Mijas
One of the things to see in Mijas is the Fortress of MijasThe area has a wall and gardens, together with an impressive viewpoint that allows you to see the beautiful landscapes of the area from above, as well as stroll through its gardens and walk along the walls of an ancient castle from the 15th century, which were once the site of the declared of cultural interest in 1985.
Historically, this old military bastion had the function of guarding and protecting the population against possible attacks from enemy towns or pirates, however, today there is only one tower, as well as some pieces of wall surrounded by fountains and spectacular views.
7. Mirador del Compás
In the municipality of Mijas there is a splendid viewpoint located next to the old fortress, with flowering gardens that make the panoramic view even more attractive. Mirador del Compás. From this viewpoint you will discover the spectacular panoramic view of the entire Mediterranean coast and the mountains of Malaga. If you have the opportunity to visit Mijas do not hesitate to climb up here.
8. The photogenic San Sebastian Street
The San Sebastian Street is one of the most photographed streets on the coast of Malaga, as it is characterised by its beautiful narrow streets and white, flowery façades. Here you will find the Church of San Sebastián from the end of the 17th century.
9. The popular Plaza de la Constitución, a must to see in Mijas
The Constitution Square It is located in the lower part of the municipality, next to the town centre. It has a fountain in the centre that was built using stones that were brought to the village from a flood in the 19th century. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is located here.
10. Beach of La Cala de Mijas
Our last recommendation is that you also visit La Cala de Mijas, next to its beautiful promenade where you can admire the Playa de la Butibamba and the Playa de las Buganvillas.
All of them are a must-see in Mijas. Still not convinced to visit this beautiful village in Malaga?