Costa del Sol is one of my favourite European locations. And the upcomming spring is an ideal time for traveling there. If you are at Costa del Sol, do not forget to visit the enchanting town Mijas. It takes half an hour by car from Malaga to get there and is really worth it. Mijas is a small town lost in the mountains 428 m above sea level and has about eight thousand inhabitants. Mijas has managed to retain much of its "white village" charm, with cobbled, narrow winding streets, dazzling whitewashed walls and breathtaking views. If you're lucky and it is clear day, you can see up to Morocco.
We left our car in the parking house near the center and took a short walk to the Plaza Virgen de la Pena. At the information center, we got a map and realized that we can handle the center perfectly on foot. Before information center there is a Burro Taxi. It means donkeys, that will take you around the town. We were sorry for the donkeys, so Ella stroked and we rather used Tuk Tuk to make a tour, which was very close. For Ella it was a great experience to ride tricycles. The lady who ran it, talked in English about the history and spots that we have passed, and patiently made pauses in the interpretation, so I could translate it for Ella.
She explained us that in Mijas all houses have to be white. It's a tradition. Once upon a time, locals had their donkeys at home and to maintain cleanliness, painted walls with lime. At the same time all the flower pots on the walls of houses should be light blue with black hoops, because these colors are a symbol of the town.
Iglesia Parroquial de la Inmaculada Concepcion
In addition to churches and Moorish castle, it is not only bullring, outdoor theater, many museums with exhibitions for both children and adults. There is a small chocalate factory Chocolate Arestano at the Plaza de la Constitución worth a visit. In the store you can find out all sorts of flavors you can think of. We were unable to leave without tasting and buying some.
Plaza de la Constitución
The most beautiful experience is just to stroll through the narrow streets, admire the view from all around the town, take a time in some of many cafes and restaurants, peek into the numerous souvenir shops and renowned ceramics. It plays all the colors, and is amazing.
Almost every town has its own legend and Mijas is no exception. It is hidden in a corner of the village, carved into a rock called "Virgen de la Pena." Inside the sanctuary is the image of the "Virgen de la Pena," the patron Saint of the village. According to legend, exactly at this point she appeared two young shepherds who were led here by a pigeon. Subsequently, it was found that the image of the Virgin Mary was hidden in a niche in the tower over 500 years.
Virgen de la Pena
And by the way, there is a small park in front of the cave , from which the most beautiful views of the valley leading to the coast. Furthermore they are selling roasted almonds, no doubt the best we have ever had. So make a trip not only for the almods . :-)