Planning a trip to the south of Spain? This small, charming, mountainside Spanish village on the Costa del Sol sits 428 meters above sea level is close to both Malaga and Marbella. So if you are looking for a quiet and relaxed Spanish getaway then Mijas Pueblo should be on your list. Here are some things to do in Mijas.
How to get to Mijas Pueblo
Most people travel to Mijas by bus from Fuengirola. Here is how to take the bus from Fuengirola to Mijas.
The bus will pick you up at the bus stop in the center of town. You will see the sign and a queue of people waiting. It’s a very popular route. If you aren’t;t sure, just ask. You can pay the driver directly and to take the bus from Fuengirola to Mijas, costs around €1.50 each way. The buses are regular, even on a Sunday and it will take about 20 minutes to get there. When you arrive it will drop you off right on the edge of the village.
Things to do in Mijas
There are so many things to do in Mijas Pueblo. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Mijas, Mijas restaurants, and Mijas accommodation.
Visit the Bull Ring
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.
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.
Visit 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.
Enjoy some shopping
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, jewelry and leather goods. There is even a small chocolate factory! I picked up some lovely silver hand-made jewelry and a few ceramic dishes for gifts.
Watch the Flamenco dancing – or take a class
There is a flamenco 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.
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.
Walk the Fortress Wall
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.
Don’t see a Bullfight
Although I did go to the museum, I wouldn’t recommend seeing a bullfight 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.
I also really recommend taking a look at Viator, they have lots of tours all around the world and always have great discounts. They also have a handy app so you can check out tours on the go.
Restaurants in Mijas Pueblo
As I mentioned before you won’t struggle to find good restaurants in Mijas Pueblo, the difficulty is choosing which one to eat in! There is this quirky little place called Oscar’s I can’t recommend it enough, the food was great and reasonable prices and the staff are lovely.
Recommended Hotels in Mijas Spain
I didn’t stay over in one of the hotels in Mijas Pueblo, but these places all look really nice and have come highly recommended.
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