Mijas Pueblo - Things to see

Mijas has lots of interesting monuments to visit. © Michelle Chaplow .
Mijas has lots of interesting monuments to visit.

Things to see in Mijas Pueblo

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, (La Muralla s/n)
Open every day
Tel: 952 48 50 22

This pretty village church was build in between the mid 16th and early 17th Century on the ruins of an ancient Moorish castle, using one of the towers as the church bell tower. In the early 1990's some restoration work uncovered frescos dating from1632 depicting the Apostles. These can be seen today on the pillars supporting the three naves of the stone building.

The Virgin of the Rock
On the Paseo 'El Compas' in Mijas village there is a shrine to the Virgen de la Peña, the Patron Saint of Mijas. If you are walking around the village, it is worth strolling up to the vantage point, where the decorative shrine is set into the rock. Legend has it that after five centuries of being hidden from sight, in 1586 two children were led there by a dove and their father uncovered the shrine.

The Virgin of the Rock shrine in Mijas. © Michelle Chaplow .
The Virgin of the Rock shrine in Mijas.

San Sebastian Church, (Plaza de la Libertad)
Open every day
This beautiful 17th century church is in the street of the same name, Calle San Sebastian, and it has been made famous amongst visitors who find both building and setting to pretty that it has become one of the most photographed streets on the Costa del Sol.

The Shrine of our Lady of Los Remedios
In the very heart of the old part of the village, in Plaza de los Siete Caños, you will find this little church. This 17th Century building better known as Iglesia de Santa Ana and like its immediate surroundings, it has retained the simple Andalucian enchantment over the years is still very much part of the old village life.

Shrine of Calvario
As you approach Mijas village, if you look up above the village, on the side of the mountain, you will see a small while building - this is the Shrine of Calvario. Built in 1710, this small place of worship was visited by Carmelite monks who would go there for spiritual reflection and contemplation. You can reach it by walking up through the trees, on a path marked with iron crosses. It is only open on the evening of Easter Friday, but many people walk up there throughout the year, to be at one with nature and to take in the breathtaking views down along the coastline and the sparkling sea.

Fortress Walls, Gardens and Viewpoints
Beautifully kept gardens are a delight to visit at the top of the village, where there are still some of the fortress walls of the ancient village. At this privileged point of the coast, you take in panoramic views of the surrounding areas and the Mediterranean.

The Municipal Auditorium
In the midst of the gardens and built into the Fortress walls, is the open air theatre/auditorium, where many cultural events, including the August Theatre Festival is held. In the close proximity of the bullring and the church, the auditorium and surrounding area is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful evening of culture and entertainment on a warm summer's night. 

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The Local History museum in Mijas village is well worth a visit © Michelle Chaplow .
The Local History museum in Mijas village is well worth a visit.

MUSEUMS

Local History Museum, (Plaza de la Libertad, No.2)
Tel: +34 952 590308

Opening Hours:
In Winter: 10:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 19:00 daily
In Summer: 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 16:00 daily

Entrance is 1€

It is worth a visit to this very well set out house museum, with many various rooms showing Andalucian village life was long ago. There are 12 rooms showing the different trades and their tools as they used to be, as well as a typical household as it would have been back then. As well as the many agricultural and artisan trades, there are two ancient olive mills, a bakery, a typical patio and a wine cellar. The museum is very nicely set out and really gives an insight into the simple rustic life that was the norm until relatively recently.

Museum of Miniatures, (Avenida del Comás)
Tel: (+34) 952 485820

Opening Hours:
October to June: 10:00 - 15:00 daily
July to September: 10:00 - 22:00 daily

Price: Adults - €3, Children under 7 - €1.50, Pensioners and students - 2€

If you thought you had seen it all, you should wait until you see the stuffed dressed fleas at the Mijas Museum of Miniatures. The museum is housed in 'Max's Caravan' and it has been open to the public since 1972. Spanish born 'Max' travelled Europe and Africa collecting hundreds of miniatures, including a shrunken human head - thought to be a unique exhibit in the world. Also amongst the total of 360 exhibits is a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper on a grain of rice! While in Mijas, you must stop off and be amazed at this huge collection of tiny objects.

Bull Fighting Museum, (Calle Algarrobo, Mijas Village)
This is now closed.  The famous local bullfighter, Antonio José Galán very sadly died in a car accident. A special museum of his private collection of bullfighting memorabilia was set up for a few years. 


The bullring, (Paseo de las Murallas)
Tel: +(0034) 952 48 52 48

Opening Hours:
Winter: 10:00 - 19:00
Summer: 10:00 - 22:00

Price: €4

All part of the Andalucian culture is the bullfight. Even if you prefer not to see live action, you can visit the bullring when there is no fight on and see this unusually oval shaped bullring, which was built in 1900 at the request of the Mijas people. There is also a small museum with examples or historic bullfighters costumes. There are few bullfights in the year, there are other events and shows in the bullring in the summer. 

Mijas is famous for its donkey taxis. © Michelle Chaplow
Mijas is famous for its donkey taxis.

The Mijas Donkey Taxi, (Avenida Virgen de la Peña)


Tel: + (0034) 627026958

Opening Hours:
Winter: 10:00 - 18:00
Summer: 10:00 - 22:00

Prices:
Donkey Taxi: €10
Donkey & Trap: €15
Coach & Horses: €20

Mijas is famous for its Donkey Taxi service. The donkeys are always ready and waiting to take you around the village to have a taste of the ancient transport system. Alternatively you could hire a donkey and trap or coach and horses for a more comfortable ride.