Planning a trip to the south of Spain? Mijas Pueblo is a small, charming, mountainside Spanish village on the Costa del Sol 428 meters above sea level. If you are staying in the Malaga/ Marbella/ Fuengirola area’s of Spain, then I can’t recommend you take a day trip here enough. Or if you are looking for a quiet and relaxed Spanish getaway then Mijas should be on your list.
We caught the bus from Fuengirola to Mijas, it cost around €1.50 each way and the buses are very regular, even on a Sunday.
The bus takes about 20 minutes and drops you off right on the edge of the village.
We took a walk around the village and looked in the shops before deciding on a place (with a view) to eat. One thing you won’t find a lack of in Mijas is places to eat.
So here are 7 things to see and do in Mijas (and 2 things to avoid)
Built in 1900 this is one of the smallest bullrings in Spain. It’s also a bit of a funny shape. The building itself is quirky and it’s worth a visit. Because of its size and location, you are likely to get the place to yourself, we did.
Now just to say I don’t condone bullfighting, I think it’s cruel and would not pay to see a bullfight. That said I am respectful of its place in Spanish culture and I did think carefully before paying to look around the bullring here. There was actually a ‘no blood’ fight on that evening with flamenco dancing. As much as I would have loved to see the dancing, I couldn’t pay money to support Bullfighting. I suppose I justified the money to see the museum as supporting the heritage of the building itself. Anyway, it’s your personal choice if you see this or not.
2. Casa Museo
It only costs €1 to go in and it gives you a feel for the history of Mijas and how it’s evolved over the years.
If you want to buy some handcrafted gifts to take home then save your money and spend it in Mijas. The village shops are full of handcrafted unique traditional ceramics, jewellery and leather goods. There is even a small chocolate factory! I picked up some lovely silver hand-made jewellery and a few ceramic dishes for gifts.
There is a school in Mijas if you want to take a class. Or if you visit on a Wednesday at 12 pm there is a free Flamenco performance at the Plaza Virgen de la Pena.
As I mentioned before you won’t struggle to find a good place to eat here, the difficulty is choosing somewhere! We wanted to go somewhere close to the mountain side with a nice view and as it was lunchtime we wanted Tapas. As we were wandering around we found this quirky little place called Oscar’s. I can’t recommend it enough, the food was great and reasonably prices and the staff were lovely.
6. See The Virgin on the Rock
On the Paseo ‘El Compas’ in Mijas village there is a shrine to the Virgen de la Peña, the Patron Saint of Mijas.
7. Fortress walls
Take a stroll along the fortress walls and through the gardens. The views are spectacular and as it’s mostly shaded by the trees it’s a great way to stay out of the midday sun.
Things not to do in Mijas
Donkeys – There have been a few reports of abuse so best stay away from this tourist attraction.
See a Bullfight
Yes I know call me a hypocrite (see above), although I did go to the museum I wouldn’t see a fight for so many reasons. If you want to know more about what actually happens at a Bullfight take a read of this article by Young Adventurers it gives an on the fence view of it. Or if you want some reasons why you shouldn’t go, from an anti-bullfighting stance read this.