MIJAS is a municipality that consists of a mountain village and a coastal area. MIJAS PUEBLO is the name of the little white village in the mountains. MIJAS COSTA, by the coast comprise “Las Lagunas” and “La Cala”. Las Lagunas is the part by the coast below the mountain and La Cala, also by the coast, and is located further away towards Marbella. The municipality offers most to wish for: Sea with rocks and sand, mountains, city, town, countryside and genuine village culture.
Mijas Pueblo is located 428 meters above sea level. Counting the inhabitants in the village, lower MIjas: Las Lagunas and La Cala, that is the full municipality, the population is around 80 000 people. Mijas lived long on agriculture and fishing. However when the charter came into being in the 1950s, tourism became increasingly important and is today a considerable industry.
Mijas Pueblo has a well designed system for transportations. The parking garage has 10 floors and offers the visitors to park all day for just €1. Here in the center, there is also parking for chartered buses, coaches, taxi station and bus station for local buses. In addition, there are donkeys and carts with horses for tourists on short laps. Thanks to good logistics, the village is largely car-free. Commercial vehicles and local cars make their way along a signposted trail in the narrow alleyways behind the houses. The village feels harmonious and invites you to roam on foot.
The old municipal building has been converted into the home museum “Casa Museo” which tells the village’s history. Mijas offers nice shopping of souvenirs, crafts such as leather items, jewelry, clothing and much more. You can shop for fresh produce in the local market hall. There are also some small grocery stores and a small chocolate factory where you can cast your own chocolates.
The miniature museum displays art in miniature form, and is located in a yellow wagon. Just next door is another small local arts-and-crafts museum, in the old mill. Mijas has two squares: “Plaza La Virgen de La Peña” and “Plaza de la Constitución”. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, there is a flamenco show at 12-13 on one of these squares.
On the top of the hill “La Muralla”, the old church is located. The name is “La Inmaculada Concepción” and this is the main sanctuary in Mijas. Others are “Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña”, “Ermita de la Señora de Santa Ana”, “Iglesia de San Sebastián”. Just above the village, on the lower part of the mountains is the beautiful little chapel “El Calvario” which is illuminated at night.
“La Muralla” has a botanical garden with signs for each plant. A visit is highly recommended. The bullring which is no longer is used for other purposes than concerts is located just next to the auditorium, an outdoor stage for concerts. Slightly below, on the back of this little hill, there is a climbing wall that is frequented by climbers from far and near. It is interesting look at, but if you are to participate, you really have to know what you are doing.
On the other side of the hill, there is a magical place called “El Compás” with a stone circle forming a compass with lines designed for the cardinal points. This place has traditionally been used by the locals for threshing grains. This is Mijas’ own CLARITY COMPASS.
“La Virgen de la Peña”, the saint of Mijas: Where can we find her? As the name gives us a clue “The Virgin of the Rock”, we can go find her there. Inside the rock there is a small chapel. The rock offers a magnificent view. The saint of Mijas has her own holiday on September 8, which probably is the most important day of the year the village.
Here comes a video a few years old, but still so lovely!