Once a humble farming village, today Mijas is one of Spain's most coveted destinations. Considered a haven for bohemian artists, writers and free spirits, its location on Spain's sun-drenched Costa del Sol makes it a great place to unwind.
Things to do in Mijas
Tucked away in a clifftop cave, the Virgen de la Pena grotto is adorned with flowers. In 1586 a white dove supposedly led a pair of children to the grotto, where the Virgin Mary then materialised. You can kneel in front of the historic altar, admire religious chalices and leave your own floral tribute.
For a glimpse at the town's flourishing arts scene, don't miss Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Mijas. It's filled with treasures, including original Picasso ceramics and gleaming bronze figurines created by Dali. It also hosts temporary exhibitions spotlighting local artists from across Malaga.
Perched high above the village, Plaza de Toros was once used as a bullfighting ring. Today it houses a pocket-sized museum spotlighting the popular Spanish sport. Stroll around the lush ornamental gardens and take in the sweeping views of the Costa del Sol coastline.
One of the village's best assets is its smorgasbord of sun-dappled cafes, rustic tapas bars and trendy restaurants. Housed in a historic home, Aroma lures foodies in with its lush "secret garden" shaded by leafy orange, fig and olive trees.
Getting around Mijas
Mijas’ town centre is easy to get around on foot, while you’ll need a rental car to explore the Province of Malaga and the Costa del Sol. It’s a 15-minute drive from nearby beaches like Playa Carvajal and you can reach Malaga in around 30 minutes.