The mountain village of Mijas combines harmoniously with the major tourist zone of Mijas Costa, which incorporates the villages and urbanizations of La Cala de Mijas, Riviera, Miraflores and Calahonda, incorporating 12 kilometres of golden sandy beaches.
The pueblo itself is nestled into the mountain landscape, the whitewashed streets of the historic old quarter, have a distinctly Moorish style. There are many buildings and monuments of historical interest, including the local churches and hermitages.
The surrounding mountainous environment has some well preserved archaeological sites, testimony to the town’s rich prehistoric past.
The pueblo itself is typically Andalusian, steeped in culture and full of charming alleys and nooks, where you will feel like you have been taken back in time.
The bullring, with its unusual quadrangular exterior, the sanctuary of the Virgen de la Peña (17th century) and the church of la Concepción (16th century) are some of the principal monuments of the village.
The old quarter sits into the mountainside like a huge overhanging balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. A tour through the lively streets of Mijas reveal a typically Andalusian town, which has become ever popular with visitors to the Costa del Sol; the town is also populated with many foreigners who come to live here to combine an Andalusian way of life with the pleasure of the coast.
There are a host of craft shops and galleries selling affordable works from local artists, perfect and unique souvenirs.
It is also worthwhile visiting the Auditorium and taking a quiet stroll along the wall and around the gardens and balconies, which provide exceptional views of the Costa del Sol. There are also the charming donkey-taxis, which offer trips around the centre and the outskirts of the village.