Mijas Pueblo is part of the Mijas Municipality, which includes Mijas Costa (the coastal beach town), Mijas Golf (golfers' paradise) and Mijas Las Lagunas, an inland town close to the coast and Fuengirola.
The pueblo is the original town of Mijas and is among the many beautiful white villages in the area. Perched high on the mountainside it offers spectacular views to the Mediterranean below and a scenic backdrop of mountains and endless pine forests. On entering the village, it is possible to see the ancient spring, which still provides natural mineral water.
The streets are narrow and cobbled, and wind around the town. All the traditional balconies adorned with geraniums and other bright plants are in evidence as you stroll.
There are many restaurants serving the traditional food of the area, as well as international cuisine. As is the case with all Spanish towns, café and bars are in abundance.
You might even be serenaded as you enjoy your meal or a cold glass of beer:
One of the major attractions of the town is the Donkey Taxis, which are always ready to take you for a ride around town:
Or if you would prefer something a little fancier, your carriage awaits:
Many shops selling the traditional wares of the town can be found, including the traditional Spanish pottery in this image:
There is a more modern side to the town, including apartment buildings, municipal offices and the municipal auditorium:
There are many historic attractions in the town, including the old walls, or La Muralla, which was part of the original defense of the town in Moorish times:
And a fascinating place to visit is the Ermita de la Virgen de la Pena, or Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña, which dates back to 1520.
Built by Mercedarian monks, the inside of the hermitage is decorated with the image of the patron saint of the town and who gave this place its name. Legends tell that the Virgen de la Peña appeared right on this spot, in front of two shepherds which is why the heritage was built here and not elsewhere. There is a chapel built into a cave at the hermitage, and this is an exterior view:
Within the town you will find many traditional Spanish churches such as the one pictured below:
The Plaza de Toros, or bull fighting ring is worth a visit. Built in 1900 it nestles on the hillside, with lovely mountain and sea views. There is also a shop and a museum to visit within the complex.
Right in the heart is a beautiful botanical garden with many plants and trees, labeled by name, and again, views! Of interest, right in the middle of the gardens you will find a rocky gorge, which is used by mountain climbers for practice:
Other attractions include the Casa Museo is a fully restored museum displaying old farming tools and equipment. Located on the Plaza de la Libertad, the museum has a typical Andalusian style patio, and on the top floor a range of sculptures, paintings and traditional crafts can be viewed.
The Carromato de Max is a fascinating and special museum, located only a few metres from the main square and the town hall of Mijas Pueblo. It is a museum of miniatures which includes fascinating objects such as a picture of Abraham Lincoln painted on a pin-head or a prayer written on the borders of a visiting card.
All in all, definitely worth a visit on your holiday or vacation
. If you are staying in Fuengirola on the coast, buses run every half an hour up to the pueblo. Alternatively you can catch buses from other areas, or the Renfe circular train service to Fuengirola and get the bus from there.
More images of Mijas Pueblo can be viewed here