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.
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 - Plaza de Toros (bull fighting ring)
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 - rock climber practicing in the gardens.
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.
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