Mijas, Spain. A charming village. What to see and do? - Tripkay guide

The white capital of the burro-taxi. The municipality of Mijas in the Costa del Sol is one of the most beautiful villages in Andalucía, a village nestled in the mountains keeping the typical charm of the white Andalusian villages.

What is Mijas like?

The beautiful picture of endless white houses climbing up the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas, in contrast to the deep green of the pines, offers one of the most recognizable and picturesque images of Andalucía.

 

The village consists of three urban centers which are: Mijas Pueblo, located at the foot of the homonymous Sierra at 430 meters above sea level, Las Lagunas, which is the modern part of the town along Fuengirola, and La Cala, located on the seafront with more than 12km of coastline. There the town offers a great number of beaches for all tastes. However, Mijas village, remains the major focus of attraction for national and international tourists because of its typical Andalusian white village beauty.

 

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Tired of the sun and the beach? Discover what to do in Mijas

Well you’re in luck; just 30 km from Malaga is this beautiful town of white architectur, birthplace of the donkey-taxi. Yes, yes, you read that right, since the middle of last century, the real protagonist of this small town is the donkey. One of the biggest attractions is climbing on the back of this beautiful animal to walk the streets.

 

Donkey-taxi-in-Mijas

 

The maze of narrow, cobbled streets dotted with white whitewashed houses contrasted by colorful flower pots and flowers that decorate the balconies, is an image that will remain etched in your mind for a long time.

Some of the most emblematic places in the village are the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña and the Mirador del Compás from where the views are breathtaking. You can also visit the Plaza de Toros and the Castillo de las Murallas to stroll through the gardens and tour the walls of an ancient castle of the fifteenth century, declared Heritage of Cultural Interest in 1985.

 

Narrow streets in Mijas

 

Located in what was once the center of Mijas, we find the beautiful Church of the Immaculate Conception. Constructed in the XVI century on the ruins of an ancient Arab mosque of its Moorish tower he took advantage as belfry. The church has three separated by arches supported on Tuscan columns ships, and two side chapels under which there crypts with graves. It preserves wonderful frescoes inside eight on the Apostles of the Baroque era.

 

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Donkey ride – Burro taxi in Mijas

It all started in the 50s, when workers returned home riding on their donkeys and were surprised that tourists wanted to take pictures with them, and even climb on their donkeys to give them a succulent tip later. What began as a game, gradually became a business, and today there are over 60 burro-taxis in town that charge 15 € per ride.

 

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