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Tourist guide to Mijas on the Costa del Sol, Spain
Situated in Southern Spain the pretty village of Mijas is one of the best examples of the pueblos blancos (white villages) of Andalucia with it's narrow streets and quaint whitewashed houses set in a background of pine forest. The village has spectacular views of the coast and the Mediterranean being over 400 metres above sea level and it is possible to see a large part of the Costa del Sol including Mijas Costa some 10 kms away.

The narrow cobbled streets are used by the famous donkey-drawn taxis and it is recommended that you use them to take a tour of the village to see the historic buildings and other sights. The village was established by the Tartessians and used as a fortress by the Romans. In the 15th century the Christian army used Mijas as a military headquarters and settled in the area after the defeat of the Moors.

Mijas is a popular destination for the tourist with it's population of around 7,000 swelling in the summer months as the influx of visitors wishing to sample the old style laid back Andalucian way of life. The many restaurants and craft shops catering for the needs of the tourists.

When exploring the village be sure to visit the Roman and Moorish ruins, the museum of miniatures, the bullring Plaza de Torros, the shrine of Calvario and the Inmaculada church. The open air theatre is a perfect location to watch a performance and has a busy schedule of events in the summer.

The shrine of Santuario de la Virgen de la Pena constructed out of solid rock was built in 1586 and is a tribute to the patron saint of Mijas when a vision of the Virgin appeared on the site.

The hermitage of Iglesia de Santa Ana is in the Santana district of Mijas and was built in the 18th century, also worth visiting is the Church of San Sebastian with it's notable facade.

There are numerous viewing points around the village one of the prettiest is at the Muralla Gardens which as well as affording spectacular views of the surrounding countryside has a garden that is in bloom all year.

Another good vantage point to see the Mijas valley and surrounding area is from the Hermitage El Puerto which was built in the 16th century by Mercedarian monks on the hillside overlooking the village.

On the hillside above Mijas is the Shrine of the Calvario built in the early 18th century it watches over the village

Strolling around the village you will come across the restaurant of El Capricho in the centre of Mijas is well worth a visit but there is a large choice of tapas bars and restaurants to suite all tastes and wallets.

Local artists display their paintings and there is a large selection of hand made pottery. There is also a thriving local hand made linen and wicker industry - the locally made honey and bread is well worth sampling.

Festivals are popular all over Spain and especially in Andalucia - Mijas has an abundance of festivals including;

January - Feast of San Anton
February - Carnival
May - International Day
June - La noche de San Juan
June - Corpus Christi festival
July - Flamenco Dance Festival
August - South American dance festival
August - Spanish Theatre Festival
September - Mijas Fair
December - Christmas Concert

The area has become famous for it's golf facilities including the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the nearby golf courses of La Cala North and South.

Accommodation is plentiful in and around Mijas with a selection of hotels, bed and breakfast establishments and a wide variety of holiday rentals both in Mijas and along the Costa del Sol.
About the Author
Julie Pendleton writes for Holiday Home Rentals who have a selection of villas in Mijas and villas in Costa del Sol which can be rented direct from their owners.
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