In a similar way to Benalmadena, the town of Mijas is split up into two distinct regions: the Mijas Costa and the Mijas Pueblo. The costa isn’t as close to the sea as you might think though and instead is where you will find the vast majority of newly built complexes. The Mijas Pueblo, on the other hand, is a hillside village which offers incredible views across the town and the rest of the Costa del Sol. It’s a very popular place to buy property but, in recent years, has seen a rapid rise in house prices.
About the area
Mijas is an absolute tourist hotspot, offering numerous photo opportunities throughout the town. With terrific views across Fuengirola and the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a truly stunning church at the town’s centre, it’s pretty easy to see why.
This level of tourism can get pretty crazy in the summer though which, while may be great for adding to the atmosphere, gets a little overwhelming. Therefore, if you’d rather avoid the hustle and bustle, the best time to visit Mijas is during the winter, when the town is much quieter and you’ll be able to see the sights at your own pace.
What to see
You cannot visit Mijas without seeing a donkey and cart – they’re everywhere. In fact, don’t be alarmed if you see the donkeys wearing a strange kind of nappy as they walk around. In previous times, Mijas had a major issue with donkey mess on the streets, so the nappies are simply used as a preventative measure against that.
Be sure to visit Mijas’ bull ring and main square if you’re in the area. Here you will find a number of amenities, including shops, bars and restaurants, as well as get the chance to visit a truly outstanding, authentic bull ring.
How to get there
Mijas is located to the north of Fuengirola so, if you find yourself in Fuengirola you know you’ve gone too far. From Malaga Airport, follow the AP7 for 23 minutes and you’ll arrive into the town. Alternatively, you will need to get a train to Fuengirola and then catch a bus from there to Mijas Pueblo.