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Mijas, SpainWhen talking about Mijas one usually refers to Mijas Pueblo in the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas, a small white village 8 km from the coast of Fuengirola. The village is 428 meters above sea level, and from up here you have a wonderful view of the coast. On clear days you can see across to Africa and Gibraltar's famous cliff. Mijas Pueblo has about 7500 inhabitants of many different nationalities. There is a municipal building with all municipal functions, apart from the Immigration department, which now is located in La Cala de Mijas. Mijas was the first municipality on the Costa del Sol which offered their services to expats. Here you can get help in English.
Mijas belongs to one of the real white villages of Spain, here you are allowed to paint your house in any color, as long as it's white! The village has narrow streets that are virtually car-free, only those with permits are allowed to drive into the old town centre. If you do not want to walk around, you can always take a donkey taxi or a horse-carriage. Actually the donkeys made Mijas famous around the world. The short distance from the coast means there are quite a lot of tourists in Mijas every day. There are also buses with day-trippers coming to Mijas Pueblo, often from cruise boats in Malaga.
The municipality of Mijas is composed of several parts with their own names. The most famous of these is Mijas Pueblo and Mijas Costa, which in turn consist of several parts. Some called La Cala de Mijas, which means the Mijas bay. La Cala de Mijas, or La Cala in everyday use, was formerly a small fishing village a few kilometers from Fuengirola towards Marbella. Today it is more of a seaside resort, but has a growing population in modern residential areas mainly on the other side of the coastal road. The other parts of Mijas Costa are called Las Lagunas, which currently has the majority of the Hispanic population in Mijas Costa, Riviera del Sol, located along the coastal road for La Cala and beyond and finally Sitio de Calahonda.
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You should visit is the village's patron saint, the Virgen de la Peņa, which is exhibited in a cave building from 1520.
There are also a few museums in Mijas Pueblo, a folk museum, a miniature museum, a wine museum and a museum of modern art.
Every Wednesday at 12 (weather permitting) is a free flamenco show at the Plaza Virgen de la Peņa. While flamenco is in progress it is also a popular small craft fair with local products on the same square.
The world's smallest chocolate factory is also located here, Mayan Monkey. Here you can learn how to create your own sweets! Since the plant is so small it is recommended tha you book in advance!
Activities in MijasApart from sunbathing, swimming and various water sports, Mijas is known as a golf community. The Costa del Sol has long promoted itself as the Costa del Golf. There are 15 golf courses to choose from. The largest is La Cala Resort with three 18 hole courses. Another popular golf course is Mijas Golf strategically located near Fuengirola. It has two 18-hole courses, Los Lagos and Los Olivos. Los Lagos was completely renovated in 2012, for 5 million euros!Read about Water sports in Fuengirola...
The only horse race track on the Costa del Sol, Hipodromo Costa del Sol is located in Mijas, just outside La Cala de Mijas. It hosts a range of activities such as horse racing, concerts, horse shows and flea markets.
Other activities include guided hikes organized by the immigration department. They are on Saturdays in September through May, and the guide speaks English. Should be booked in advance.
The water park in Mijas, Parque Aquatico Mijas, is located at the border between Fuengirola andMijas Costa. Here you will find water slides for children and adults, wave pools and lots of fountains and small poolsfor children of all ages. It takes 15 minutes to walk from the center of Fuengirola to the water park. The park is openfrom late April to late September.
Car hire in MijasWhen you need to hire a car in Mijas there is a wide range of small and large companies to choose from. If you arrive by plane you can also pick up your rental car at the airport in Malaga. Read more...
Traveling and transportation in MijasMijas is about 25 minutes drive from Malaga airport and about 8 minutes from the local train in Fuengirola. With the local train in Fuengirola you can visit several places between Fuengirola and Malaga, such as Benalmadena and Torremolinos. See train tables on www.renfe.com
Intercity bus from Mijas Pueblo is mainly down to Fuengirola, where there is a bus station with connections to several places along the Costa del Sol such as Malaga, Marbella, Mijas, Ronda, Gibraltar etc. For timetables see Portillo's website here ...
There are many nice destinations in the immediate vicinity of Mijas. You can rent a car at a low cost, or you can take a bus or train to Gibraltar, Tarifa, Ronda, Granada, Marbella, Torremolinos, Malaga, Seville, Cordoba, and so on. Recently a high-speed rail from Malaga to Madrid was opened. The train goes into the dizzying speed of 350 km/h and covers the distance in two hours!
From Malaga airport, you can travel to most major cities in Europe without having to change planes.
-One of the most important is the "Feria en honor a La Virgen de la Peņa", which is celebrated over five days up in Mijas Pueblo in early September.
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