It’s so easy to fall in love with Mijas Pueblo at first sight. Perched high in the mountains and with stunning views over the Mediterranean, this typically picturesque whitewashed Andalusian village makes a great day trip if you are staying in one of the many towns along the Costa del Sol.
We visited Mijas in early June, just as the summer season was getting started and the weather was just perfect, a warm 26-28 degrees with a cool mountain breeze. We spent our time there wandering the narrow cobbled streets stopping every few seconds to take photos, eating delicious tapas, buying beautiful pottery and admiring the stunning views of the coast.
It’s was easy to see why so many people come to Mijas Peublo, easily accessible from the Costa del Sol it has everything that you expect form a quaint Spanish village and despite its popularity with tourists, Mijas has still managed to retain much of its traditional Andalusian way of life. I had such a wonderful time exploring Mijas and I am already planning a trip back.
Continue on for our quick guide to Mijas Pueblo, Spain.
Things to know before you go
Mijas is the name of the municipality and it’s made up of Mijas Pueblo (the hillside village), Mijas Costa (commercial and residential area near Fuengirola) and La Cala de Mijas (a separate smaller village by the sea).
Mijas Pueblo is easily accessible by train and bus from all the towns on the Costa del Sol and Malaga airport. You need to take the RENFE airport train from any of the towns to Fuengirola, its leaves roughly every 20minutes. From here you can grab a taxi or take the bus M122 from the Fuengirola bus terminal on Calle Alfonso XIII, which takes about 15minutes and costs about €3 return. There is no bus station in Mijas Pueblo but there is a main bus stop on Avenida Virgen de la Pena, near the Town Hall.
Like all areas along the Spanish coast English is widely spoken, although it doesn’t hurt to have a few Spanish phrases, locals really appreciate it.
Mijas is only 7km from the coast, this means fresh fish! Make sure to try Gambas al Ajillo or Paella while you are in town, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Where to stay
We were in the area for a wedding and we were staying in apartments at Hotel Tamisa Golf down in Mijas Costa. With beautiful views and located only 5 minutes from Fuengirola beach, it’s a great option if you wanted to be nearer the coast but still within short driving distance of Mijas Pubelo.
Good accommodation options in Mijas Peublo include:
TRH Mijas – a small Andalusian style hotel with a pool and fantastic views of the surrounding country side.
Hostal El Escudo de Mijas – a small, budget friendly hotel situated right in the centre of Mijas Peublo.
La Posada de Mijas – air-conditioned apartments, located near the center of Mijas.
Where to eat
Mijas has an abundance of great places to eat, offering traditional Spanish food and international cuisine. One rule I always try to follow when I’m in a different country is to try and eat local food and I have to say the traditional Spanish food in Mijas didn’t disappoint, especially the sea food which is brought from the coast on a daily basis.
La Alcazaba – delicious Paella and great views.
El Capricho – great location in the main square.
Oscars Tapas Bar – great Tapas and value for money.
Blue Coffee bike – a lovely terrace and great for people watching.
Aroma Cafe & Secret Garden – a must for meat lovers with a fantastic BBQ and the trees in the garden provide shade on a sunny day.
Things to do in Mijas Pueblo
- Get lost while wandering the narrow cobblestones streets.
- Buy some pottery from one of the many boutiques in and around Plaza de la Constitución.
- Admire the stunning views of the Mediterranean and the Costa del Sol from Paseo de la Muralla.
- Take a donkey taxi tour of the village.
- Sit at one of the many cafes and enjoy a beer or a coffee and watch the world go by.
- Eat Paella de Marisco.
- Enjoy chocolate heaven at Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate factory.
- If you are in town on a Wednesday or Saturday, make your way to the weekly market at La Cala.
- Climb up to Ermita del Calviro for views overlooking Mijas Pueblo and the coast.
- Explore Mijas’ churches – The Church of the Immaculate Conception near the Muralla, The Virgin on the Rock (Virgen de la Pena) and San Sebastian Church.
- Visit the local history museum which depicts traditional Andalusian village life in times gone by.
So there is our very quick guide to Mijas Peublo. Have you ever been? Do you have any other recommendations? Please feel free to leave your comments below.