When people mention Mijas, they normally picture the white mountain side village, but Mijas is divided into 2 sections; Mijas Pueblo (Mijas Village) and Mijas Costa (Mijas Coast).
Mijas PuebloSettled just 7km up the mountain from the coast at over 400 metres above sea level, this traditional Andalucian white-washed village is a hidden gem. As you saunter through the narrow cobbled streets, its no wonder why this little village attracts thousands of visitors each year. As well as attracting tourists, this white village as attracted many foreigners over the years to move and relocate to this stunning place, particularly popular with artists and writers. Purchase a small souvenir in one of the many craft shops, maybe a painting from one of the local artists or also popular to Mijas are the many leather shops.
Famous for Mijas are the Mijas donkeys, although in the past years there have been concerns over the health and welfare of these wonderful animals, more recently the welfare of these popular animals has improved significantly with improved shelters installed to help keep them cool in the summer months. The Mijas donkeys are seen as a local attraction, offering visitors the chance to tour round Mijas by donkey.
Whilst visiting Mijas Pueblo, see the miniature museum, visit the local bull ring, admire the 'Ermita de la virgen de la Pena' a small cave containing a chapel or sit and admire the stunning views of the coast.
Mijas Costa, is different to the Mijas Pueblo, 12km of coastline between El Chaparral to Calahonda is more residential with many foreigners living here either permanently or own properties to use for the summer months. La Cala de Mijas is possibly the central point of Mijas Costa, traditionally a typical fishing village, the village as grown, mainly with British ex-pats wanting to relocate to the sun. Although La Cala has a strong British community it still has a very Spanish atmosphere, especially during the main summer moths, when during July and August the promenade comes alive on Saturday nights with flamenco dancing and classical music.