Visiting Spain’s famous Costa del Sol and looking to spend the afternoon away from the beach? Well, the beautiful village of Mijas is the perfect place to explore! Take a trip with us high into the mountains and visit this historic Spanish town. Recently we had the chance to visit this unique pueblo, enjoy the local food, and experience all Mijas Spain has to offer.
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Why Visit Mijas Spain?
Mijas has an amazing mix of architecture, history, and culture that every traveler exploring this part of Spain should see. While we love the stunning beach towns in the South of Spain, an afternoon in Mijas village was such a fun adventure!
Don’t get us wrong… the town is still fairly touristy. Yet, the shops, winding streets, and Mijas food give off a very authentic feel. It reminded us of our favorite village located just an hour away in Frigiliana!
Getting to Mijas Spain
Although Mijas is located high in the mountains, it’s still very easy to get to. There are buses available from most major beach towns along Costa del Sol and even the main city of Malaga.
On our trip, we caught the bus directly from Benalmadena where we were staying. It was a winding 45-minute ride into the mountains but dropped us off in the center of town for just a few Euros.
You can also drive to Mijas if you’ve rented a car in Spain! Just keep in mind the roads are tight in the mountains, and parking is limited in Mijas Pueblo.
Quick History of Mijas Spain
Before we get to our own afternoon in town, you should know that the history of Mijas Spain is quite fascinating. In fact, Mijas has been inhabited since back in prehistoric times! Some of the walls which are still intact were built by the Phoenicians who arrived in 800 BC.
From there, it would go on to be the home of Romans then the Moors, before going back under the rule of Catholic Monarchs. Not long after the transition of power in the 16th century, Ermita de la Virgen de la Pena Monastery was built on the cliffs of Mijas where it still stands today.
Exploring Mijas Pueblo
At first, we were surprised to learn that this small Spanish village was home to over 7,000 residents. However, once we started wandering around the endless side streets of Mijas Village it seemed much more possible!
Starting from the center of town, we worked our way through the white-washed houses. Mijas Pueblo is full of pretty little shops, cafes, and local bars. Honestly, it felt like each small street was more beautiful than the next!
As you get higher up into the houses you’ll be rewarded with epic views of Mijas village and the coastline. With plenty to explore, you can easily spend all day in Mijas Spain!
Mijas Spain Donkey Rides
One of the most popular things to do in Mijas Spain is to have a donkey ride through the village. While we didn’t take one ourselves, we saw the friendly animals taking passengers up and down the small roads of town all day.
The animals are kept in the shade in the center of town, and horse carriage rides are also available if it’s something you’re interested in.
Delicious Food & Drinks in Mijas Spain
Our favorite part about exploring Mijas Spain was all the fun little bars and restaurants there are throughout town! It seemed like around every corner there was a different establishment to enjoy traditional Spanish food.
Near the main square, you will find some great tapa restaurants. Once you head further around Mijas Pueblo there are fancier places to have a drink or meal. Some even have incredible views of the mountains and ocean!
Where to Eat in Mijas Spain
Restaurante El Mirador hands down has one of the best views in town. You can sit overlooking the entire coast as you embrace a long leisurely lunch and local Mijas food.
However, our favorite spot was a small bar called La Boveda del Flamenco! This is the perfect place to grab some drinks and Mijas food before the sunset. Chairs fill the sidewalk so you will have to watch out for trucks and donkeys that go past!
Also! Make sure to look out for the street stands. Throughout the village of Mijas Spain there are small carts selling everything from candy nuts to buñuelos, and roasted chestnuts!
Sunset Walk At Parque La Muralla
If you’re lucky enough to be here for sunset head over to Parque La Muralla! This cute park is situated on the cliffs of town facing the ocean.
There is a pathway that takes you through various flowers, trees, and even a waterfall that lights up at night. We couldn’t believe the colors as they changed above the town and the coastline of Spain.
Overnight in Mijas Spain
While we decided to head back to our apartment on the beach, you can easily spend the night in Mijas Pueblo! Actually, we would recommend it and plan to when we return.
Ultra Luxury – TRH Mijas– The most popular hotel in town is built in Andalusian style, has a beautiful pool, and is a quick walk to the village center.
Fun Vacation – Mijas Residence – These spacious apartments have sea views and are just a quick drive away from the center of town. Enjoy the pool and shared BBQ area in the mountains of Mijas.
Guest House – La Posada de Mijas – Set in the historic heart of Mijas Spain! Enjoy an apartment within walking distance of the best attractions and Mijas food.
Have any questions on Mijas Spain or want to share your own experience in this charming mountain village? Leave us a comment below!
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