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– An essential stop on your Costa del Sol tour (Photo Essay)
up on the hillside above the seaside resorts of Fuengirola and Mijas Costa,
whitewashed houses gleam in the sunlight, all the while gazing down on
to the Mediterranean Sea below. Whether you are staying in one of
the coastal resorts close by, or merely taking a leisurely drive down the
coastal highway, Mijas Pueblo is a worthwhile inland detour. This
typical Andalusian “pueblo blanco” or “white village” is a beautiful spot
to spend a few hours, or, in fact, why not make it the destination for
your entire holiday stay?
view of Mijas Pueblo - photo © Anne Sewell
are several excellent hotels
close by, or for those wishing to be a little more independent, there are
many lovely holiday
villas in both the village itself and the surrounding areas.
Choose your ideal accommodation, unpack those suitcases, and go exploring.
While there are many great attractions in Mijas Pueblo, the following are
some of the highlights:
strolling the quaint, narrow and winding streets between those lovely whitewashed
houses, with their flower packed balconies and trilling song birds. Visit
the colourful shops and coffee bars along the way. On every corner there
is a photo opportunity just waiting to happen.
A typical Mijas Pueblo street
- photo © Anne Sewell
the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña, a chapel carved into
the rock of a natural cave to which children were allegedly led by an appearance
of the Virgin herself.
de la Virgen de la Peña, Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
the spectacular views from the Botanical Gardens, strolling among
the lush plants, all clearly labelled, and the beautiful water features
or simply relax in the shade of the trees on a hot summer day.
Gardens, Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
in the gardens, try out your rock climbing skills on one of the
sheer rock faces in the gorge.
climbing in the Botanical Gardens, Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
stroll around what is possibly the best miniature museum in the world,
the Miniatures Museum Carromato Max, where with the aid of a magnifying
glass, you can see amazing things, like a portrait of Abraham Lincoln or
the Last Supper painted on the head of a pin or grain or rice, or even
stuffed and dressed fleas.
Museum Carromato Max, Mijas - photo CC by-SA Tyk
the “Plaza de Toros“ or bullring. While many people are against
the sport of bullfighting these days, this tiny bullring does offer a fascinating
view of the surrounding village all the way to the sea.
de Toros, Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
tour of the town using one of the famous Mijas burro or donkey taxis,
or for a few euros more, enjoy the journey in rather more luxury in a carriage
drawn by a beautiful Andalusian horse.
donkeys - photo © Anne Sewell
and carriage in Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
you go in Mijas Pueblo, enjoy the shops, cafes, restaurants and
bars, offering everything from a simple and tasty ice cream treat, to traditional
Spanish tapas and meals or international specialities. So many places
to sit and relax, enjoy a coffee or cold beer and get your breath back.
in Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
terrace in Mijas - photo © Anne Sewell
closing, make a plan to visit the charming Mijas Pueblo on your next holiday
on the Costa del Sol. After an enjoyable stay, it is almost guaranteed
that you will return.
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