Mijas, set in the hills of southern Andalucia overlooking the Mediterranean sea is a perfect location for a relaxing holiday or short break. The beach is 10 mins away, the views from the village are amazing and we have excellent bars and restaurants. Mijas activities guide consists of cultural and wine musuems, sports including rock climbing and visiting historical buildings such as the Mijas bullring. Many activities are free and can be enjoyed all year.
Within the botanical gardens of Parque Muralla, almost in the middle of the town, one could be surprised to find a rock gorge which is professionally customised for rock climbing and bouldering. And it is all for free for both professionals and amateurs to practice their skills in a beautiful setting.
Plaza de Toros
C/ Cuesta de la Villa, Tel: 952 485 248
Dating back to 1900 and located in the center of the village, this is still an active bullring. Bullfighting takes place exclusively during the summer months on Sundays from 18:30. The bullring is unique in its peculiar shape which cannot be found anywhere else. The entire typically Spanish spectacle is opened with a traditional flamenco performance.
Ethnological Museum of Mijas
Plaza de la Libertad, 2, Tel: 952 590 380
Exhibiting utensils of farming, fishing and general life from the past, this museum also shows an oil mill and wine cellar. Moreover, there are paintings and photography of local artists on display. Entrance to the museum is free and often accompanied by wine tasting.
Mijas Museum of Miniatures
Avda. del Compàs, Tel: 952 48 58 20
Museum of miniatures happens to be the most popular sightseeing destination for Asian tourists. Created by travel adventurer and hypnotist, Professor Max, this museum showcases over 360 pieces collected during his travels around the world. The very detailed craftsmanship can be admired, for example, on the reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Last Supper” carved on a grain of rice.
Walking & hiking
Mijas is also a sought after destination for fans of hiking and mountain walking. There are several routes in the hills directly behind the town that are clearly sign-posted. A free map of the routes can be obtained from the local tourist office. Walks vary in time and difficulty levels. The views are spectacular and walkers can additionally visit the local shrine which is located on one of the routes. Further away from the town toward Osanillas, Pine forest walks can be found easily.
Mijas Wine museum
C/ San Sebastian
Mijas wine museum offers wine lovers the chance to learn from professional oenologists and try wine from all denominations of origin in Spain. The wine list includes cavas, noble wines, table wines, reds and roses along with gourmet food to enhance the experience, such as flavoured salts, cream syrup, balsamic jams and olive oils. Each wine is paired with a dish featuring salads, cheeses, cold meats as well as signature dishes such as ratatouille tartlets with tuna, baby habas in chinese spoons, endives with scorpion fish pie and duck thighs with Malaga sweet wine. A high class tourist attraction that should not be missed.
Avda. de Mejico
To use the municipal Mijas gym, membership is available although not necessary. The machines are a little dated, however, all of them are maintained constantly and the professional help of the instructors is always close-at-hand.
Grotto of the Virgen de la Peña
To this picturesque grotto, there is attached a legend dating back to 1536 when two children, a boy and a girl (Juan & Asuncion) experienced an apparition of the Virgin with Child in her arms and a white dove on her shoulder. The legend says that the Virgin was discovered by excavating the rock by the locals. Today, this beautiful grotto is continuously visited by pilgrims from all over the world. It is a serene and peaceful place for religious contemplation.
Mijas Church of the Immaculate Conception
Built on the ruins of the original castle, the church was consecrated in 1631 and uses one of the castles towers as the bell tower. The church contains features from the Mudejar and Baroque styles. There are 3 naves, each separated by rounded arches, the two side naves dating back to the first half of the 17th century. It is a wonderful piece of architecture waiting to be admired by art lovers as well as any viewers sensitive to historical and cultural beauty.
Mijas Swimming Pool
An outdoor municipal swimming pool is located in Osanillas, on the outskirts of Mijas. The pool is open during summer until 9pm and the entrance is free. It is a good alternative for those who feel less comfortable in the sea, especially for parents with children. Bar and cafe are also attractive breaks from the summer heat.
There are several retreats offering yoga and massage courses and most are run as part of a package which includes accommodation. At the entrance to the village, there is Bioyoga, offering courses in Ayurveda Massage and Yoga for pregnant women. They also sell various natural products. It is definitely a healthy and alternative treat for active women looking to calm and comfort body and spirit.
The beautiful Park Miralla is situated on the grounds of the original fortress that once occupied this vantage point. The park features botanical gardens, an auditorium and breathtaking viewpoints of the coast that can be explored further with the available coin-operated binoculars. The main church and bullring surround the park and add to the atmosphere of this wonderful area.