Nestled in the mountains at 428 meters above sea level, Mijas Pueblo is a charming little village that is cherished along the Costa del Sol by tourists and locals alike. Featuring narrow cobbled streets and beautiful white washed houses, Mijas Pueblo is a typically picturesque Andalucían mountain village that clings to the hillside and emerges from the pine trees, offering panoramic views of the Costa del Sol below.
Mijas is a thriving hub of traditional Spanish arts and crafts and has one of the largest collections of shops dedicated to traditional hand-crafted objects on the Costa del Sol. The squares and streets are lined with a variety of shops selling unique ceramics, leathers, jewellery, paintings and linen and wicker items.
Mijas Pueblo has a rich culinary tradition and offers a variety of charming tapas cafes and restaurants nestled along the cobble-stoned streets of the village, with plenty of sitting areas outside, characteristically dotted along steep streets and secret outside gardens. Mijas is known for its delicious tapas and typical dishes such as maimones (a type of garlic soup), salmorejo (a thick gazpacho soup), sopas cachorrenas (soup with bread and bitter orange) and pescaito frito (deep-fried fish) or sardine skewers.
Due to its elevated positioning, Mijas Pueblo features stunning panoramic views of the Costa del Sol and Mediterranean Sea. Various different sites dotted along the pueblo are purposely built for residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful views on a peaceful Andalucian day, whether on the marbled terrace at the edge of the villages cliff, or from the many quaint balconies around the town.
Donkey Taxis were originally used to transport workers to and from the fields and have also since become a unique experience for visitors who often come to take a trip around the village, or even ride the animals themselves.
The village is also home to three chapels, San Sebastian and Nuestra Señora de los Remedios built in the eighteenth-century, and San Anton which was built in the nineteenth century by a group of sailors who were spared from a shipwreck and built the monument as a token of their gratitude. Carved out of the rock by the Mercedarian Order in 1548, the shrine dedicated to the Patroness of Mijas is comprised of a nave and two aisles and features a remarkable coffered ceiling and a belfry tower.
The Mijas Bullring was inaugurated in 1900 and is an oval-shaped arena set within a square building elevated on a rock. The bullring has hosted some of the best bull-fighters in the world, many of whom are commemorated in tiles along the walls.
Mijas is home to six hiking routes that suit a variety of skill levels allowing visitors to explore the beautiful surrounding natural areas of the region that offer marvellous views of the Mediterranean below.
The small village also has a few unique museums. The Town House Museum houses an ethnographic collection of Mijas, displaying trades and objects of bygone eras that reveal the rich cultural history of the region. El Carromato de Max (Max's Wagon) is located in a caravan and exhibits curiously unique miniatures from 50 countries. The Mijas Bullfighting Museum invites the viewer into the history and art of bulls and matadors.
The Mayan Monkey is located in one of the busiest squares in the village and is the Pueblos curious own little chocolate factory, offering chocolate tasting and an introduction to chocolate making in a variety of workshops for adults and children.
Midas Pueblo is only a 15-20 minute drive away from Malaga airport which connects the Costa del Sol with an abundance of countries around the world. Flights to all major Spanish, European and even international cities are now available several times a day.
Despite its high altitude Mijas Pueblo is easily accessible from the N340 Coast Road and also offers a large underground parking area for drivers of private vehicles. Regular buses connect the pueblo with all of the coastal roads as well as Fuengirola town centre, which links you with the rest of the coast’s bus routes as well as the reliable Renfe train service to Malaga.
Once you become a resident of Spain or become a contributor to the Spanish social security system you will be entitled to free healthcare through the network of Centros de Salud and hospitals. Alternatively you can choose from one of the many private health insurances, which offer extremely reasonable quotes compared to other countries (Mapfre, Casar and Sanitas).
Tourists from Europe should obtain a European Health Insurance, which will give you access to health care during your stay. This can be organised by contacting your local health authorities. Once you have settled in Spain and have become an official Spanish Resident, you will be entitled to take advantage of the fantastic Spanish health care, which is free to anyone contributing to the Spanish Social Security system.
If you prefer, you can also choose to be insured by one of the many Private Health Insurance companies. Rates for Spanish private health insurance are very low compared to many other European countries.
Mijas Pueblo has an excellent Medical Centre located on Ave. Mejico which is open from 8.00 to 15.00 available to people registered in the Spanish medical system with the correct medical cards. Nearby Fuengirola also offers a number of medical and health facilities, including the Centro Medico Xanit and Centro Salus Clinic.
There is a large choice of nurseries, primary and secondary public schools in nearby Mijas Costa and Fuengirola. Spanish schools accept their pupils according to their area of residency and applications have to be made at the Fuengirola Town Hall. Public schools usually offer free transport and extra-curricular activities, as well as additional Spanish tuition for expat children.
There are also a number of Private schools in nearby Fuengirola, both Spanish and International.