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In Mijas Pueblo we will find small typical Andalusian houses, painted white and located on the hillside.
Mijas is a village that will bring us an endless number of pleasant experiences to our senses, both in terms of sight and taste, as we will be able to enjoy the excellent typical gastronomy of the place.
In Mijas Pueblo we will also meet the popular donkey taxis, near the central square.
Also, if we go for a walk in Mijas and we want some souvenirs from the village, there is plenty of work in linen and wicker, as well as the good quality of the honey and bread they make, it is worth trying them.
During the high season, tourists from all over the coast visit the town.
The higher you climb up the mountain you will find that the streets give way to flights of stairs and prices go down in cafes, restaurants, and bars.
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Culture & Demographic information
History from Mijas
The origin of this town dates back to ancient times, as evidenced by the various remains found both on the hill where the parish church stands and in other places nearby.
Already in Roman times the town was known as Tarnisa or Tarmina. Then it must have been a prosperous place, especially considering its proximity to the road that linked Malaga with Cadiz.
Mijas was conquered by the Arabs at a very early date, specifically in the year 714, by Abdalaziz, son of Muza, thanks to a pact made with the Hispano-Gothic settlers.
It was precisely the Arabs who contracted the Roman name of Tarmina and turned it into “Mixa”, a term which, in Castilian Spanish, remained in Mijas.
During the Muladí rebellion led by Omar Ben Hafsun (late tenth and early eleventh centuries), Mijas successively belonged to the emirate and the followers of the rebel.
It was reconquered, after the capture of Malaga, by the Christian troops in 1487, just before the fall of the Nasrid kingdom.
During the struggle that followed, Mijas became Captain General.
The Christians who came from the north to repopulate the area joined a large part of the Muslim population who preferred to remain there, despite the defeat.
Faithful to Joan “La Loca” in the war of the Communities, Mijas received from the sovereign the title of Villa in 1512, along with an even more precious prize: he was free of the payment of alcabalas.
Later, the Crown granted him another honour: that of being considered Very Loyal.
Mijas is one of the largest municipalities in the province of Malaga, with just over 147 square kilometres stretching from the mountain range from which it takes its name to the very shore of the Mediterranean, which bathes it for over 14 kilometres.
This coast also has traces of the past, such as the beacon towers of Calahonda, Calaburra, La Nueva and La Vieja de la Cala del Moral.
The municipality is divided into three nuclei: Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and La Cala, in addition to some rural areas that still preserve their entity, such as Valtocado, La Alquería and Entrerríos, as well as more than 150 urbanizations spread throughout the municipality.
Mijas Pueblo is located on the slope of the mountain range, at about 428 meters above sea level, which has allowed it to have a privileged position for the defence of the area in previous times.
Its climate and situation have made Mijas a tourist place par excellence where, in addition, many foreigners have established their residence (foreigners of more than 78 nationalities are counted).
But they are not the only causes. History has left a museum scattered throughout its streets: the remains of the Arab wall that served as a fortress and was destroyed during the Reconquest; the bell tower of the church of the Immaculate Conception; the hermitage of Calvary…
In any case, to get to know Mijas you have to walk around “El Barrio”. It is the oldest part of the town and the place where the essence of white Andalusia is preserved, whitewashed and decorated with grilles and flowers.
A neighbourhood where some houses have wanted to join nature, taking advantage of the shape of some caves to integrate them into their homes and be part of them.
But you must also know its places, such as the Sierra de Mijas, an authentic paradise of Nature where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherds Juan and Asunción.
To commemorate it, and inside a large rock, a small sanctuary known as Virgen de la Peña was built.
This same place, also called El Compás, has one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the town, having the privilege of not only contemplating the beautiful landscape from there but also, at a glance, admiring the entire coast.
The weather in Mijas
The influence of the masses of African air together with the passage of this one through the Mediterranean sea, can give rise to very suffocating days. Although normally temperatures around 28ºC per day and a little less than 20ºC will make your summer magnificent.
When is the best time of year to visit Mijas?
Probably spring is the best time. When the temperatures are already warm but not excessively and the air is still not very loaded with humidity.
However, you might prefer a mild winter where you can still enjoy the sun while strolling along the beach.
There really isn’t a bad season to enjoy Mijas. The exceptional climate allows you to enjoy the whole year and, with a little luck, you will be able to avoid the spring and autumn rains especially.
What to visit
Asset of cultural interest
The hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña
The sanctuary of the Virgen de la Peña was carved into the stone by hand by a Carmelite monk. Three images of the patron saint of Mijas, the Virgen de la Peña, are venerated in this place.
From the viewpoint near the hermitage, you can see a large part of the Mediterranean coast, including the African coast on clear days.
The viewpoint and gardens of the Wall
These beautiful gardens are the remains of the ancient fortress built in the Muslim era. At present they offer a pleasant walk, with a gorge where climbing is practiced and several viewpoints.
From the gardens you can see Gibraltar and the coast of Africa on clear days. The parish church of the Immaculate Conception is also located there.
The church was built next to the 16th century bell tower and served as a refuge for the residents in the event of an attack.
The bullring of Mijas
In the gardens of the Muralla, tourists can visit the bullring of Mijas, characterized by its distinctive oval shape, with bullfights every weekend in high season. It was built in 1900 on the site of the former castle.
Right next to the museum of miniatures of Mijas, we find a recreation of a flour mill with its original machinery. In the past, Mijas had more than 22 flour mills but, unfortunately, very few have survived to this day.
It´s time to go to the beach!
Cala de Mijas is the most popular cove of all and is located precisely in the town of the same name. Around it there are many bars and restaurants because it is a very tourist place that is always crowded, making it ideal for business.
As if this were not enough, the beach in this area is awarded the Blue Flag of the European Community, so you can get an idea of the beauty of the place and the good conditions of its sand and water.
Playa de la Luna
This beach is located in Calahonda, it is a different beach from all the others. It’s got dark sand and that’s what’s going to get your attention the most.
But it is a great beach to spend the day with family, friends or alone. It also has a blue flag thanks to the many services available to make your day at the beach special and you do not lack anything.
La playa de El Bombo
In Cala de Mijas you can also find El Bombo Beach, a famous beach although not as well known as others. It has four restaurants near the beach and if you forget the towel or the deckchair, you can also find them there so you can rent the umbrella or deckchair you prefer.
It is a way to avoid having to carry the sun loungers and umbrellas from home.
Although in high season you risk that when you arrive everything will be taken and you will have to go back to your house to take it or go to the store and buy what you need for the beach.
It is a beach where you can find many apartments for rent so that you can stay.
It’s a great idea to spend the summer on the beach and also have the beach close by every day. However, book in advance because the apartments are full in high season, and the cost can be somewhat high.
Playa del Almirante
El Almirante beach is also located in Calahonda and is also a beach of dark sand. It is a beach to enjoy the fresh air, the sea and good views.
It will undoubtedly be a place where you can relax and rest. You will also have services to make your day perfect.
Playa de Doña lola
This beach is very similar to the previous one in terms of services and is very popular with the people who live in this town. That’s why if you want to get to her you won’t have any problem.
Time to eat in Mijas
You can’t skip to take your cheap car hire in Mijas and aproach the food experience of this town!
In the gastronomic aspect, apart from the many international restaurants that exist, the cuisine of Mijas is based above all on the rich and varied first courses, for its great variety.
Its location on the coast and in the village allows the traveller to enjoy a cuisine based on fish as well as the typical dishes of the local cuisine:
- White garlic with Muscat grapes: it is a cold soup or gazpacho of great popular tradition
- Salmorejo: is a variety of gazpacho, a genuine Andalusian dish that is eaten cold
- Gazpachuelo: consists of a rich soup of water, bread and egg white, to which is added a mayonnaise sauce previously diluted in a little of the same broth. Some mint leaves will give this dish an excellent taste
- Pescaíto frito: it is the clearest representative of the Malaga table that is offered in the area of Mijas costa next to the sardine skewers
- Garlic soup: this is a hot soup made by cooking three-quarters of a litre of water and salt in a pot to taste
- Fish soup: is a hot soup made from a wide range of white fish
- Tomato soup: this is a hot soup made with tomatoes, onion, garlic, pepper, oil and water
- Sopas cachorreñas: this is a hot soup made with the peel of dried oranges, crushed in mortar with pepper and adding oil and crumbled pieces of bread, salt and vinegar
- Sopas de maimones: this is a hot soup made with garlic and crumbled pieces of bread
Social events and more!
Celebrations and holidays.
In addition to the festivities common to the rest of the country (Easter, San Juan, etc.) Mijas has its local festivities.
Mijas Costa festivities
La Cala de Mijas celebrates its festivities in the month of July (from 24 to 28 July), focused on the fun of tourists. There are also cultural, sports and musical activities. La Cala tries to do everything possible so that everyone has a reason to enjoy. Going to the fair and drinking a sweet wine is obligatory.
Mijas Pueblo festivities
In Mijas village is celebrated the festivities of the Virgen de la Peña. From the 5th of September to the 9th of September. The attractions and the fair located in the old town give a special character to these special days.
In addition, the weather in Mijas at this time of year is very pleasant in terms of temperatures. The worst summer heat has passed and the days are still long enough to enjoy the sun.
However, the party also extends into the night so that everyone can find their best moment during the day and visit the fair.
How you will get to Mijas?
Bahia Sexi wants to simplify your vacation. For this reason, we offer our car hire in Mijas. In this way, you can discover each corner freely. Let’s know where can you pick up it:
- Our “Meet & Greet Service” at Malaga Airport is really comfortable for you. In this way our staffs will welcome you at the arrivals area to deliver our car hire.
- Bahia Sexi goes to your accommodation to deliver the car rental. And then you can also return it at the hotel. You only have to park it near and give the key to the receptionist.
- Finally, our office is also at your disposal to pick up our car hire.
So visit our website to book online and make a choice.
On the other hand, if you only need a transfer from the Airports (Malaga, Almeria and Granada) to Mijas, Autosexi offers you the best transfer service to and from the Airports. You can get more information on the website. https://autosexi.com/