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article imageOp-Ed: Mijas Pueblo — Traditional Spanish beauty on a hill with a view Special

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By Anne Sewell     Apr 10, 2012 in Travel
Mijas - Mijas Pueblo is a traditional white village (or pueblo blanco) located in Andalucia in Southern Spain. The town nestles on the hillside with beautiful mountain and sea views.
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.
Mijas Pueblo
Mijas Pueblo
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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.
Mijas Pueblo - street view
Mijas Pueblo - street view
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Mijas Pueblo - street view.
Mijas Pueblo - street view.
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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.
Mijas Pueblo - restaurant.
Mijas Pueblo - restaurant.
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You might even be serenaded as you enjoy your meal or a cold glass of beer:
Mijas Pueblo - singer at an outdoor cafe
Mijas Pueblo - singer at an outdoor cafe
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One of the major attractions of the town is the Donkey Taxis, which are always ready to take you for a ride around town:
Mijas Pueblo - the famous donkey taxis.
Mijas Pueblo - the famous donkey taxis.
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Or if you would prefer something a little fancier, your carriage awaits:
Mijas Pueblo - your carriage awaits.
Mijas Pueblo - your carriage awaits.
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Many shops selling the traditional wares of the town can be found, including the traditional Spanish pottery in this image:
Mijas Pueblo - traditional pottery shop overlooking the sea.
Mijas Pueblo - traditional pottery shop overlooking the sea.
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There is a more modern side to the town, including apartment buildings, municipal offices and the municipal auditorium:
Mijas Pueblo - modern buildings
Mijas Pueblo - modern buildings
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Mijas Pueblo - municipal auditorium
Mijas Pueblo - municipal auditorium
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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:
Mijas Pueblo - La Muralla (the old walls)
Mijas Pueblo - La Muralla (the old walls)
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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:
Mijas Pueblo - Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña
Mijas Pueblo - Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña
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Within the town you will find many traditional Spanish churches such as the one pictured below:
Mijas Pueblo - one of the many churches
Mijas Pueblo - one of the many churches
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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.
Mijas Pueblo - Plaza de Toros (bull fighting ring)
Mijas Pueblo - Plaza de Toros (bull fighting ring)
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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:
Mijas Pueblo - view from the botanical gardens.
Mijas Pueblo - view from the botanical gardens.
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Mijas Pueblo - rock climber practicing in the gardens.
Mijas Pueblo - rock climber practicing in the gardens.
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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.
Mijas Pueblo - street view.
Mijas Pueblo - street view.
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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.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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