The traditional ‘white village’ of Mijas Pueblo clings to the hillside 450m above the Costa del Sol coast and offers spectacular views from the picturesque botanical gardens. It’s one of the most visited, and well known, of Andalusia’s ‘pueblos blancos’.
There has been a village at Mijas Pueblo since prehistoric times and in more recent history, the area’s mineral wealth attracted ancient Greeks and Phoenicians to the village, followed by the Romans and Moors. It’s a village bursting with history.
Much of this history is still visible today in the city walls and traditional architecture throughout the winding streets. These days, the streets cater well for tourists with a large number of restaurants and shops selling all manner of artisan goods and souvenirs.
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to eating and drinking in Mijas Pueblo. Everything can be found from tapas and snack bars to formal, celebratory dining; from traditional regional dishes to international cuisine.
For those wanting a taste of local cuisine, look out for sopa de maimones (garlic soup), ensalada malagueña (a delicious cod and orange salad), salmorejo (thick, cold vegetable soup), cachorreñas (soup made from potatoes, cod and orange juice) and gazpachuelo (fish soup with mayonnaise).
There’s no better way to work off a leisurely lunch than to wander the white-washed streets, taking in the sights and sounds, and soaking up the atmosphere of the village. There’s certainly plenty to explore.
Known for its extensive cultural programme of concerts and theatre productions (including the Villa de Mijas Theatre Festival each August), the municipal auditorium, located in the Gardens of La Muralla, is well worth a visit.
Two of the most popular museums in Mijas are The Carromato de Mijas (miniature museum) and the Casa Museo de la Villa (the historical, ethnographic museum).
The historic bullring in Mijas Pueblo, next to the botanical gardens and outdoor theatre, was built in 1900, following many petitions made by the villagers. The bullring is unique due to its rectangular shape and was inaugurated on 8th September 1900, the Patron Saint Day of the village.
The grotto of the Virgen de la Peña, the Patron Saint of Mijas, can be found on the Paseo del Compas close to the town hall and the public car park of Mijas.
The shrine was excavated in the rocks by a Carmelite monk in the second half of the seventeenth century and sits in an peaceful, elevated position overlooking the coast below.