Things to Do in Mijas Spain
46 Things to Do in Mijas Spain!

46 Things to Do in Mijas Spain

Living just an hour from Mijas for the past twenty years, I've had the privilege of visiting this enchanting village many times. With each visit I've watched it evolve, adapting to the times while still holding on to its authentic Spanish roots.

Of all the whitewashed villages that dot the Costa del Sol, Mijas, along with Frigiliana and Nerja, truly captures the essence of Andalucian charm and beauty. And while they each have their own unique appeal... Mijas really stands out.

Cafe in Constitution Square - Mijas Spain
** Cafe in Constitution Square - Mijas Spain

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas Mountains, the town of Mijas is the perfect place to experience an authentic Spanish pueblo. Winding cobbled streets lead to lively squares and from elevated viewpoints you can enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline, making it easy to see why this town is a must-visit destination on the Costa del Sol.

The main attractions in Mijas Pueblo are the Virgen of the Rock chapel carved into the mountainside, the Mijas Bullring, and the winding streets themselves, like the picturesque San Sebastian Street.

Venturing closer to the sea, the coastal part of Mijas doesn't disappoint either. Playa de Calahonda is a quiet stretch of golden sand that attracts both sunbathers and water lovers. You will also find beachfront chiringitos, long promenades for walking and cycling, and luxurious coastal villas dotting the coastline... making the area a top holiday destination!

If you find yourself in the area and long for a change of scenery, Mijas makes for a charming and relaxing getaway!

So, buckle up and keep reading for all you need to know about Mijas Spain...

Mijas Spain ➜ The Ultimate Guide 2024!

Where is the Village of Mijas?

The small mountain village known as Mijas Pueblo is located on the Costa del Sol (Malaga Province) between the two popular summer resort towns of Benalmádena and Fuengirola. It's also just 33 km to the west of the capital city of Malaga, one of Andalucia's most well known and visited cities.

To reach Mijas from Malaga, take the coastal highway (via AP-7) westbound. After about 20 minutes take exit #1010 onto the A-387 towards Fuengirola/Mijas. From there it's a five minute drive up into the hills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range.

If you are looking for Mijas Costa (also known as La Cala de Mijas), you will find it west of Fuengirola along the coast. It's only a 5 minute drive from the village.

The three largest cities near Mijas are Málaga, Granada and Gibraltar.

Distances Between Cities and Mijas Spain

From To Distance
MarbellaMijas Spain40 min
MálagaMijas Spain48 min
Costa TropicalMijas Spain1 h 20 min
RondaMijas Spain1 h 28 min
GibraltarMijas Spain1 hr 34 min
GranadaMijas Spain1 hr 50 min
SevillaMijas Spain2 hr 33 min

Exploring Mijas: From Mountain Village to Coastal Charm

Mijas is divided into four different areas, each with its own character and charm. These areas together make up the municipality of Mijas, and depending on what you are interested in, each will offer you a very different overall experience. Here are the four (4) main areas:

Pretty Streets with Pots - Mijas Spain
** Pretty Streets with Pots - Mijas Spain

  1. Mijas Pueblo: This is the historic mountain village and probably the most recognizable part of Mijas. It's known for its whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets, panoramic views of the Mediterranean and its old world Andalucian charm.

    Here you'll find many of the city's main attractions like the bullring, churches, famous donkey taxis and the Muralla Botanical Gardens. When most people talk about visiting the beautiful white village of Mijas... they are referring to Mijas Pueblo.

  2. Mijas Costa: This area refers to the coastal part of the municipality. Mijas Costa includes 12 kilometers of stunning coastline with several residential areas and popular beaches. Some of the better known neighbourhoods within Mijas Costa are:

    • La Cala de Mijas: Originally a small fishing village, it has now grown into a more significant town but still retains some of its old charm. It's a popular tourist spot with beaches, restaurants and lively bars.

    • Riviera del Sol & Calahonda: These are both residential and tourist areas with plenty of beachfront hotels, restaurants and shopping.

Coastal Boardwalk - Cala de Mijas Spain
** Coastal Boardwalk - Cala de Mijas Spain

  1. Las Lagunas: This is the modern, commercial part of Mijas and is located between Mijas Pueblo and the coast. It's the most densely populated area of the municipality and has a more modern city feel compared to the other parts.

  2. La Sierra de Mijas: While not a densely populated area, it's worth mentioning the Sierra de Mijas, the mountain range that surrounds Mijas Pueblo. It's a great area for hiking and enjoying the beautiful scenery and views of the coast.

What is Mijas Pueblo Famous for?

Mijas is a picturesque town on the Costa del Sol, famous for its whitewashed houses, colorful flowerpots, stunning coastline and rich Andalucian culture. But aside from the typical "things to see" like castles, gardens and churches... Mijas is also known for it's colorful fiestas, local craft shops and beautiful natural surroundings.

  • Festivals and Celebrations: The most popular fiesta in Mijas is the Feria de Mijas, an annual holiday held in September that captures the traditional spirit of the town, with colorful processions, flamenco dancing and local cuisine that transform the streets into a lively and entertaining celebration!

Straw Donkeys - Mijas Spain Beautiful Flowerpots - Mijas Spain
** Donkeys and Flowerpots - Mijas Spain

  • Local Crafts and Shopping: From hand-woven fabrics to ceramics and leather goods, Mijas has a rich artisanal tradition. You will find small shops and boutiques scattered throughout the village, especially near Plaza la Constitution and San Sebastian Street.

  • Natural Beauty and Surroundings: The Sierra de Mijas mountains, rising majestically behind the town of Mijas, are a haven for outdoor lovers, offering wonderful hiking trails with panoramic views of the Costa del Sol and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea beyond.

Best Accommodation in Mijas!

Mijas, being a popular vacation destination on the Costa del Sol, offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you're looking for a lavish resort, a cozy house in the heart of the pueblo or a quiet mountain retreat, Mijas (and its surrounding coastal areas) has something to suit every need.

Check out!: Find the most beautiful holiday homes in Mijas here!

  1. Traditional Houses & Apartments: Within the Mijas Pueblo (old town) you'll find traditional Andalucian houses and apartments. Many of these have retained their typical rustic Spanish charm and offer a true immersive experience.

  2. Luxury Resorts: In the areas surrounding Mijas, especially towards the coast, there are several luxury resorts. These high end hotels offer world class amenities like golf courses, spas, gourmet restaurants and stunning ocean views.

    The three (3) most luxurious are: La Zambra Resort Hyatt (18 min) tour stars, TRH Mijas (8 min) tour stars and La Cala Resort (30 min) tour stars

La Zambra Resort - Mijas Spain TRH Hotel - Mijas Spain
** La Zambra Resort & TRH Hotel - Mijas Spain

  1. Mid-Range / Budget accommodations: For travelers on a budget, there are more affordable options like hostels, mid-range hotels and guesthouses. These offer more basic amenities, but still provide a comfortable base for exploring the area.

    We recommend: OPUNTIA Hotel Boutique (mid-range) (old town) tour stars and Hostal El Escudo de Mijas (budget) (old town) tour stars

  2. Rural accommodations: For those who want to be closer to nature, there are rural accommodations like country houses or "cortijos". These are nestled in the picturesque landscapes of the Sierra de Mijas mountains and offer a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  3. Modern Coastal Hotels & Apartments: In the coastal areas near Mijas, especially around La Cala de Mijas, there are several modern hotels and aparthotels near the beach that cater for both short term and long term stays. These typically offer either a standard hotel rooms or apartment style accommodations.

  4. Luxury Coastal Villas: Along the unspoiled coastline near Mijas you will find a selection of upscale coastal villas. These properties often have unparalleled Mediterranean views, private pools, expansive terraces and lush gardens.

The TOP 46 Things to Do in Mijas Spain!

A sparkling jewel on Spain's Costa del Sol, Mijas is bursting with activities and sights to see. From its whitewashed historic streets to its panoramic coastal views, Mijas is a village not to be missed! Whether you're drawn to history, nature or exploring old-world Spain, Mijas guarantees an unforgettable day out.

Let's start with a selection of the TOP THINGS TO DO IN MIJAS (old town) ...


Explore The Quaint Streets & Alleys

The old town of Mijas, often referred to as "Mijas Pueblo", is a maze of winding cobblestone streets and alleys that wind through whitewashed buildings from the Moorish period. Colorful flower pots adorn the walls and pretty terrocatta roofs shield you from the bright Spanish sun.

These historic streets invite exploration. As you wander along, you will discover hidden plazas, charming craft shops and boutiques, and scenic viewpoints that offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast below.

Cafe with Blue Chairs - Mijas Spain Blue Flowerpots on the Wall - Mijas Spain
Pretty Streets - Mijas Spain
** Beautiful Details of the Pueblo - Mijas Spain

Here and there, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and churros wafts through the air, leading to cozy cafes where locals and tourists can enjoy a moment of relaxation. These restaurants, some with terraces overlooking the surrounding countryside, serve a mix of traditional Spanish cuisine and international favorites.

With every turn through this charming village, a new part of its story is revealed.

  • 😎 Join a Tour:

We recommend this walking tour of Mijas. A walking tour is a fantastic way to really appreciate the history and beauty of the village.


Visit the Chapel of the Virgen of the Rock

Chapel of the Virgen of the Rock - Mijas Spain Chapel of the Virgen of the Rock Interior - Mijas Spain
** Chapel of the Virgen of the Rock - Mijas Spain

The chapel of the Virgin of the Rock (Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña) is unique in that it's carved directly into a rock face, making it one of the most distinctive and symbolic monuments in Mijas. Legend has it that the chapel was founded in 1548 by the Mercedarian monks.

According to the legend, an apparition of the Virgin led two small children to a hidden place where they had a vision of the Holy Mother above the rocks. The chapel was later dedicated to the Virgin of the Rock (now the patron saint of Mijas) and her image is enshrined inside.

Chapel of the Virgen of the Rock - Mijas Spain
** Chapel of the Virgen of the Rock - Mijas Spain

The chapel has since become an important religious and cultural landmark in Mijas. Every year thousands of visitors and pilgrims flock to this peaceful place, not only to pay their respects, but also to enjoy the stunning views of the Costa del Sol from its high vantage point.


Check Out the Mijas Bullring

Matador at Mijas Bullring - Mijas Spain Mijas Bullring Bull - Mijas Spain
** Matador & Mijas Bullring - Mijas Spain

Unlike most traditional Spanish bullrings, which are circular, the Mijas Bullring has an oval shape. This unusual design makes it stand out and it has become one of the arena's most distinctive features.

Opened in 1900, the Mijas Bullring has more than a century of history. Despite its relatively small size compared to other famous Spanish arenas, it has played an important role in the cultural and historical landscape of the town.

As well as hosting bullfighting events, the Mijas Bullring also serves as a venue for other cultural activities and events, such as flamenco shows and riding competitions, there is also a small museum within.

Mijas Bullring:

Winter: Monday to Sunday 10:30h - 19:00h
Summer: Monday to Friday 10:00h - 21:00h
Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00h - 19:00h
Price: €4 euros


Mijas Donkey Taxis

Famous Donkey Taxis - Mijas Spain Donkey Taxis Statue - Mijas Spain
** Famous Donkey Taxis & Statue - Mijas Spain

The donkey taxis of Mijas, locally known as "burro-taxis", began in the 1960s. Originally, workers used the donkeys to transport goods and materials. However, as tourism grew, visitors found the donkey rides charming and the donkey taxi service was born.

Over the years, these donkey rides have become one of the most iconic and popular attractions in town.

But recently there's been a lot of concern due to an increased interest in animal welfare. The town hall and other animal welfare groups have introduced measures to ensure the safety and comfort of these donkeys, including guidelines for working hours, rest periods and health checks.

While these measures are a good start. We recommend that you greet the donkeys, give them some water and some love, but don't ride them...


Flour Mill

Flour Mill Museum - Mijas Spain Flour Mill Machinery - Mijas Spain
** Flour Mill Museum - Mijas Spain

The Flour Mill (Molina de Harina) is a reminder of Mijas' agricultural past. Flour mills were an integral part of local communities in Spain, transforming grains into flour for bread and other staples. This particular mill in Mijas dates back several centuries and shows the traditional milling techniques of the area.

Inside the small museum you can see the preserved machinery and grinding stones that were once powered by water from nearby streams.

Flour Mill Museum:

Tuesday to Sunday 10:00h - 20:00h
Price: FREE


Mijas Miniature Museum

Miniature Museum - Mijas Spain Miniature Museum Interior - Mijas Spain
** Miniature Museum - Mijas Spain

The Miniature Museum of Mijas (Museo de Miniaturas) boasts an eclectic collection of over 360 pieces, including miniature works of art, sculptures and curiosities. These intricate creations, because of their tiny size, require a magnifying glass to fully appreciate their details.

The museum's collection was donated by Juan Elegido Millán, also known as "Professor Max". A magician by trade, Professor Max spent years collecting these miniatures from all over the world.

Among the museum's many treasures, you will see items like Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" painted on a grain of rice, a bullfighting scene on a lentil, and a depiction of Abraham Lincoln on the head of a pin.

Miniature Museum:

Daily 10:00h - 20:00h
July & August: 10:00h - 21:00h
Price: Adult: €3, Kids: (6-14) €1.50, Seniors: €2


Constitution Square

Constitution Square Fountain - Mijas Spain Constitution Square Cafe - Mijas Spain
** Constitution Square - Mijas Spain

Plaza de la Constitución has traditionally been the heart of Mijas Pueblo. Over the years it has been the site of countless celebrations and gatherings, becoming a focal point for both locals and tourists.

In the middle of the plaza you will see a beautiful fountain known as the 'Fountain of the Virgin of the Rock'. It not only serves as a charming centerpiece, but also pays homage to the city's patron saint, the Virgin of the Rock.

The square is surrounded by traditional cafes, restaurants and shops. So whether you want to enjoy a quiet coffee, browse local boutiques or simply soak up the atmosphere, Plaza de la Constitución remains a must-see in Mijas Pueblo.


The Mijas Fortress

Fortress Tower - Mijas Spain Fortress Tower - Mijas Spain
** Fortress Tower - Mijas Spain

The Mijas Fortress (Muralla y Fortaleza de Mijas) was built primarily as a defensive structure to protect the village from potential invasions and pirate attacks. Because of its location overlooking the coast, it provided an excellent vantage point from which to monitor any sea activity and warn the villagers of impending attacks.

Today, while much of the original fortress has eroded or been built over, remnants of its walls can still be seen around Mijas, particularly in the higher parts of town within the Botanical Gardens.

As you walk through, you will see the last remaining tower of the fortress and part of its southern wall.


Fortress Walls / Panoramic Viewpoint

Fortress Walls & Panoramic Viewpoint - Mijas Spain
** Fortress Walls & Panoramic Viewpoint - Mijas Spain

The walls, or "murallas", are the last remains of the medieval fortifications of Mijas, built to protect the town from invaders. These thick stone walls once encircled the entire village, a reminder of the danger that existed at the time and the strategic importance of Mijas.

The walls were strategically built at the top of the Mijas hill, giving them a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. This height advantage is especially noticeable at the Panoramic Viewpoint, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the town's whitewashed houses and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.


Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens Walkways - Mijas Spain Botanical Gardens - Mijas Spain
** Botanical Gardens Walkways - Mijas Spain

These peaceful botanical gardens, nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Mijas, offer a tranquil escape for anyone visiting the village. Winding paths, shaded benches and beautifully manicured flower beds make it an ideal place to relax, meditate or simply enjoy the beauty of the area.

The Mijas Gardens are home to a wonderful variety of plant species, with both local Mediterranean plants as well as other species from around the world.

Botanical Gardens Trees and Flowers - Mijas Spain
** Botanical Gardens Trees and Flowers - Mijas Spain

As you walk through the gardens, you will notice that many of the different plants have small signs next to them, giving a little more information about their origin, use and significance.

Spend some time in this special place before continuing your exploration.


Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception

Church of the Immaculate Conception - Mijas Spain Church of the Immaculate Conception Interior - Mijas Spain
** Church of the Immaculate Conception - Mijas Spain

The parish church of the Immaculate Conception was built on the remains of an old mosque after the Christian Reconquest in the 16th century. The conversion from mosque to church is part of a much larger historical theme in Andalucia, where Muslim and Christian cultures have intertwined for centuries.

The church features a mix of architectural styles, mainly Mudejar (a style influenced by both Christian and Moorish design). It has three naves, a chapel and a buiral crypt. Its sturdy tower (Torre de la Vela), built as a shelter for the villagers of Mijas, is one of the church's most distinctive features. Inside you will find a beautifully decorated altar and various religious works of art.


La Puente

La Puente Tunnel - Mijas Spain
** 'La Puente' Tunnel - Mijas Spain

Historically, passageways like "La Puente" were an integral part of towns and cities. They served not only as entry and exit points, but also as strategic locations for defense. With walls surrounding many ancient cities, these gateways prevented unwanted access.

Over time, as the defensive needs of towns diminished, these gateways became more symbolic. They remain to remind us of the history and culture of the time.

This passageway is located on Coin Street and was also nearby to the public laundry.


Hermitage of Los Remedios

Hermitage of Los Remedios - Mijas Spain
** Hermitage of Los Remedios - Mijas Spain

The hermitage of Los Remedios dates from the late 17th (early 18th) century. It was built in an area where you can still see and feel the true essence of these typical white villages of Andalucia. Take a walk through the neighborhood around the church and enjoy its beautiful streets and special Spanish details.

The chapel, also known as 'Santa Ana' or 'Santana', has a simple whitewashed exterior and elaborate religious motifs inside. The altar in particular is exquisitely decorated.

The image of the Virgin of Los Remedios is very important to the people of Mijas. Every year, processions and festivities are held in her honor, with the hermitage serving as the focal point of these celebrations.


San Sebastian Chapel

San Sebastian Chapel - western side - Mijas Spain San Sebastian Chapel - eastern side - Mijas Spain
** San Sebastian Chapel - Mijas Spain

The chapel of San Sebastián dates from the 17th century and is one of the oldest religious buildings in Mijas. It was built during a period of increased Christian devotion in the area after the Reconquest.

Located in the heart of Mijas Pueblo at the end of San Sebastián Street, the Chapel has been a focal point for centuries and Its modest size and intimate atmosphere have made it a favorite spot for weddings and other religious ceremonies.

The chapel has traditional Andalucian architecture, whitewashed walls, a simple yet elegant design, and a clock face that was installed in 1902. Take a look inside to see its beautiful altar.


San Sebastian Street

San Sebastian Street - Mijas Spain San Sebastian Street - Doors and Flowerpots - Mijas Spain
San Sebastian Street - Mijas Spain
** San Sebastian Street Details - Mijas Spain

San Sebastián Street in Mijas is just oozing with charm and it's often referred to as one of the most picturesque streets in Spain (it's the street you see most often in photographs of the town)... so a stroll down Calle San Sebastián is a definite must! If you want an authentic taste of village life in rural Andalucia, this is the place to go.

Despite its old-world charm, Calle San Sebastián is a lively area. It's lined with shops, cafes and restaurants where you can stop and enjoy some traditional Spanish tapas, sip local wines or simply indulge in some people watching. The mix of locals and tourists creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Shops near San Sebastian Street - Mijas Spain
** Shops Near San Sebastian Street - Mijas Spain


Casa Museo - Folk Museum

Casa Museo - Folk Museum - Mijas Spain Casa Museo - Folk Museum - Plaza - Mijas Spain
** Casa Museo - Folk Museum - Mijas Spain

The Casa Museo (Historical and Ethnological Museum or Folk Museum) offers a glimpse into the daily life, customs and traditions of the people of Mijas in times past. The museum houses a collection of traditional tools, household items, costumes and other artifacts that tell the story of the town's long history.

The museum itself is housed in a historic building that adds to its overall appeal. The building, with its typical Andalucian architecture, provides the perfect setting for the exhibits inside.

Casa Museo - Folk Museum:

Monday to Sunday: 10:00h - 14:00h /
17:00h - 21:00h
Price: €1 euro


Contemporary Art Center

Contemporary Art Center Sign - Mijas Spain Picasso in the Window of the Contemporary Art Center - Mijas Spain
** Contemporary Art Center Details - Mijas Spain

The Mijas Contemporary Art Center (often referred to as the "Centro de Arte Contemporáneo" in Spanish) showcases modern and contemporary artwork, offering a stark contrast to the traditional ambiance of the town. It boasts a diverse collection of works ranging from paintings and sculptures to multimedia installations.

Some of the most important exhibits you will see are: the second largest collection of Picasso ceramics in the world, as well as works by Dalí, Miró, Foujite, Picasso, and others.

Contemporary Art Center:

Monday to Saturday: 10:30h - 14:00h
Price: €3 euros


Public Art Installations

Statue of a Working Man Sitting - Mijas Spain Statue of a Working Man Carrying a Sack - Mijas Spain
** Statues & Sculptures - Mijas Spain

Keep an eye out for some of Mijas' most important art installations and statues as you explore the village. You will find sculptures depicting traditional trades, the beloved donkey statue, and more modern pieces that add a contemporary touch to the town.

These works of art not only make the town more interesting and beautifully decorated, but also serve as points of interest for visitors. Each piece has its own story, often accompanied by a plaque explaining its significance.


Town Hall and Tourist Office

Town Hall - Ayuntamiento - Mijas Spain Mijas Crest - Mijas Spain
** Town Hall & Village Crest - Mijas Spain

The Town Hall, or "Ayuntamiento" in Spanish, is an integral administrative and architectural landmark in many Spanish towns, including Mijas. It houses the offices of the Mayor, the Town Council and other important municipal departments.

The Mijas Town Hall was designed by the architect Antonio Herrezuelo and opened in 1987. It has traditional architectural details like its beautiful marble patio and fountain. Open M-F 9am - 2pm.

Avenida, Pl. Virgen de la Peña, 2, 29650 Mijas, Málaga

Monday - Friday
9:00h - 14:00h

Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Phone: 952 485 900

Pl. Virgen de la Peña, 2, 29650 Mijas, Málaga

Monday - Friday
9:00h - 19:00h

Saturday and Sunday
10:00h - 14:00h

Phone: 952 589 034


Mirador de la Sierra

Mirador with Views - Mijas Spain
** Mirador with Views of the Sea - Mijas Spain

One of the many viewpoints in Mijas, the 'Mirador de la Sierra' offers unparalleled views of the Costa del Sol, the shimmering Mediterranean Sea and, on a clear day, the African coast. The azure waters contrast with the lush green of the surrounding pine forest, creating a picture-perfect scene... wonderful for photography!

Walk to the top of the village, past Calle San Sebastian until you reach the Mirador. There are signs along the way. If you continue past the Mirador, you will find a path through the forest that leads to the Sanctuary of "El Calvario".


Caves of the Old Forge

Caves of the Old Forge - Mijas Spain
** Caves of the Old Forge - Mijas Spain

The caves of the Old Forge were naturally formed thousands of years ago and have been used for various purposes throughout history. They were found during the demolition of an old forge in Mijas (hence the name). The town decided to preserve the caves so that visitors could learn about the characteristics of the land and see how the caves were once used.

These caves, a natural part of the landscape, were used by the locals to shelter their animals or for food storage because they maintained the same temperature throughout the year.


Shrine of “El Calvario”

Shrine of “El Calvario” - Mijas Spain
** Shrine of “El Calvario” - Mijas Spain

The Shrine of El Calvario is known for its serene environment, often sought for moments of reflection and tranquility. Located in a peaceful area away from town, it is a spiritual retreat that was once used as a place of refuge for the Carmelite monks.

To reach the sanctuary, you will follow a scenic trail through the pine forest (just follow the iron crosses). The path to El Calvario is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Mijas Mountains, making the journey as rewarding as the destination. From the top you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the coast and surrounding areas.

Top Activities ➜ More Things to Do in Mijas Spain!

Now that you've seen the top sights in Mijas, let's talk about some of the most interesting activities you can do in the area...

Being a beautiful, rustic mountain village, there are numerous traditional Andalucian activities you can enjoy, as well as visiting some of the more modern parks and attractions along the coast. Here are MORE TOP THINGS TO DO in Mijas...


Chocolate Factory Mayan Monkey Mijas

Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Visit the Chocolate Factory
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Visit the Chocolate Factory

Maya Monkey Mijas claims to be the world's smallest chocolate factory, where you can watch the artisanal chocolate making process first hand. Using the highest quality ingredients, this chocolate shop produces a delicious range of chocolates, pralines and truffles.

More than just a place to buy and taste chocolate, the tiny factory offers interactive workshops too where you can learn about the history of chocolate, its origins and even make your own chocolate bars. It's an activity the kids will love!


Mijas Street Market (or Craft Market)

Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Nuts at the Street Market
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Street Market

The Mijas street market, like many along the costa del sol, is an opportunity for locals to show off their artistic craftsmanship. From handmade jewelry, ceramics and textiles to traditional Spanish souvenirs, you will find a wide variety of items that truly capture the essence of the area.

You will also find a wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables, olives, spices, nuts, dried fruits, honey, organic foods, meats and fish.

If you like to shop in the local markets, you're in luck! There are plenty of options near Mijas. The markets start at 9:00 in the morning and close at 14:00. The two biggest markets along the coast are in La Cala on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can also find a market in Calahonda on Thursdays and Sundays (second hand market) and in Las Lagunas on Saturdays.

Market Days in Mijas & Surrounding Villages:

Monday Torrox Pueblo – Torrox Costa – Marbella
Tuesday NerjaMotrilSalobreña – Fuengirola
Wednesday Algarrobo Costa – Rincón de la Victoria – EsteponaMijas Costa ❣️
Thursday Frigiliana – Torre del Mar – Vélez Málaga – Torremolinos - Calahonda ❣️
Friday MotrilAlmuñécarLa Herradura – La Cala del Moral – Salobreña – Benalmádena
Saturday La Caleta de Vélez – Cómpeta – Puerto Banús – Mijas Costa ❣️ – Fuengirola - Las Lagunas ❣️
Sunday Nerja – Benagalbón – MalagaEstepona - Calahonda ❣️

❣️ = Mijas area market.


Visit Traditional Spanish Bars

Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Cozy Cafe
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Eat Tapas!

In Mijas, as in many parts of Spain, tapas bars offer an authentic insight into Spanish culinary traditions. These small dishes, ranging from olives and cheese to more complex creations like grilled octopus or Iberian ham, are simply fabulous. The village has a number of historic bars where you can experience tapas in their most traditional form, often paired with a local wine or beer.

Two great tapas options are:

  • Oscar's Tapas Bar: A local favorite, Oscar's offers a variety of tapas that allow guests to sample several Spanish delicacies in one sitting.

  • Pampa Tablas y Tapas: This Argentine-Spanish fusion spot offers an array of meats, tapas, and wines in a cozy setting.


Tuk Tuk Rides

Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Tuk Tuk near Botanical Gardens Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Tuk Tuk in town
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Tuk Tuk Rides

A tuk-tuk ride in Mijas is a fun way to explore the town. These motorized rickshaws allow you to navigate narrow streets and alleyways, discovering hidden gems and iconic landmarks with ease. They also come in handy on the steep hills!

Driven by locals, tuk-tuk rides are as much about storytelling as they are about transportation. Drivers typically share stories, historical facts and personal perspectives about Mijas, which is a great way to get a better understanding of the town and its culture.


Attend a local Fiesta

Things to Do in Mijas ➜ girls dressed for the Feria de Mijas
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Go to a Fiesta!

One of the most popular and enjoyable fiestas in Mijas is the "Feria de Mijas" (Mijas Fair), usually held in September. If you're planning to come to Mijas, timing your trip to coincide with the Feria de Mijas promises an unforgettable visit filled with festivity, tradition and local flair.

This fiesta is a magnificent celebration that embodies the spirit, traditions and culture of Andalucia. The streets of Mijas come alive with colorful decorations, lively music and traditional dances like the Sevillanas and Flamenco.

The fair is a mix of day and night activities. During the day there are horse shows, parades in traditional dress and a variety of stalls selling handicrafts and local specialties. At night, the fairgrounds become a hub of activity with musical concerts, amusement rides and dance pavilions.

From enjoying traditional food and drinks like churros and rebujitos to dancing the night away with the locals, it's an immersive experience that captures the true essence of Mijas!


Watch a Flamenco Show

Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Flamenco Show
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Flamenco Show

Flamenco is not just a dance or a musical style; it's the heartbeat of Andalucian culture. A flamenco show in Mijas offers you a passionate performance of this UNESCO-listed art form, complete with soulful singing (cante), intricate guitar playing (toque) and powerful dancing (baile).

In Mijas, flamenco shows often take place in more intimate settings, allowing you to feel the raw emotion and energy of the performers up close. These smaller venues offer a more personal and authentic experience than some of the larger, more tourist-oriented shows in larger cities.

😎 Torremolinos: Andalusian Horse Show with Flamenco Dance - €30 (13 minutes away)

Mijas Spain ➜ TOP Sights Outside of Mijas!

Here are the top sights to see outside the small village of Mijas. To visit these destinations you will need a car, although bus services are available. Most of these locations are a short drive away, thirty minutes or less.

These are our favorite things to do in Mijas outside of town!


BioParc Fuengirola

Tigers in BioPark Fuengirola
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ BioParc Fuengirola

Unlike traditional zoos, BioParc Fuengirola emphasizes conservation and the recreation of natural habitats. The park is designed with the concept of "zoo-immersion", where visitors feel as if they are entering the animals' native environment, such as African rainforests or Southeast Asian territories, promoting a greater understanding and respect for wild nature.

The park is home to a wide range of animals from different parts of the world, including tigers, gorillas, crocodiles, and various species of birds and reptiles. Special care is given to endangered species, and the BioParc plays an active role in various international breeding programs.

Our kids LOVE this little zoo and we go every year. It's small and very manageable and the on-site restaurant is pretty good!

😎 Entrance Tickets: BioParc Fuengirola - €17.50 (18 minutes away)


Butterfly Park of Benalmadena

Butterfly Park of Benalmadena
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Butterfly Park of Benalmadena

With over 2,000 butterflies from all over the world, the Benalmadena Butterfly Park is the largest butterfly park in Europe. Housed in a beautiful Thai temple-style building, it offers the unique experience of walking among free-flying butterflies in a tropical paradise.

In addition to observing the myriad of colorful butterflies, you can observe the entire life cycle of these delicate creatures, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Informative panels and interactive displays provide insights into the world of butterflies, making it an educational visit, especially for children.

😎 Entrance Tickets: Butterfly Park - €12.00 (30 minutes away)


Boat Trips and Dolphin Watching

Dolphins along the Mijas Coast
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Dolphin Watching Tour

The waters off the coast of Mijas and the wider Costa del Sol are home to a wide variety of marine life, including several species of dolphins. Common sightings include bottlenose, striped and short-beaked dolphins... playing and frolicking in their natural habitat.

Numerous tour operators offer boat trips from ports like Fuengirola and Benalmadena, both near Mijas. These range from short excursions to longer cruises, many of which are specially designed for dolphin watching. These trips often include drinks and snacks.

😎 Fuengirola: Dolphin Watching by Yacht with Snacks and Drinks - €34.00 (18 minutes away)

😎 Benalmadena: Dolphin Watching Boat Tour - €18.95 (30 minutes away)


AquaMijas Water Park

AquaMijas Water Park
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ AquaMijas Water Park

AquaMijas is a popular water park near Mijas that offers a variety of attractions for all ages. From thrilling slides like the Kamikaze, Crazy Loop and the twisting labyrinth slides to the relaxing wave pool and lazy river, there's something for everyone.

With dedicated areas like 'Lizards Island', designed specifically for younger children, AquaMijas ensures a safe and fun environment for families. In addition to the water attractions, the park also has green areas for relaxation, sunbathing and picnics.

A visit to AquaMijas Water Park is the perfect way to beat the heat and enjoy a day of aquatic fun, making it a popular choice during the warmer months.


Hiking in the Sierra de Mijas

Hiking in the Sierra de Mijas
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Hiking

For those visiting Mijas and looking for an active adventure amidst natural beauty, hiking in La Sierra de Mijas is a must. It offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the coastal areas and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquil Andalucian countryside.

La Sierra de Mijas is a mountain range located just behind the town of Mijas. Hikers who climb its trails are rewarded with panoramic views of the Costa del Sol, the Mediterranean Sea and, on clear days, the coast of Africa. The natural beauty of the landscape, combined with the sweeping views, make for an unforgettable hiking experience.

The area offers a wide variety of hiking trails for both beginners and experienced hikers. Some trails are easy and suitable for casual hikers, while others are more challenging and require a good level of fitness. Along the way you will see beautiful flowers, plants and trees, as well as native animals like the majestic Iberian Ibex.


Visit the Coast - Playa de Calahonda

Playa de Calahonda, Cala de Mijas
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Playa de Calahona

A trip to Mijas is not complete without soaking up the sun at Playa de Calahonda. Its blend of natural beauty and modern amenities makes it a favorite along the coast.

Playa de Calahonda is one of the most famous beaches near Mijas. Over 4 kilometers long, its golden sands and clear blue waters attract sunbathers, swimmers and beach lovers. The beach is wide and long, so you are sure to find a comfortable spot to lay your towel.

Well equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas and chiringuitos (beach bars), Playa de Calahonda is ideal for those looking for relaxation and refreshment. For the more active, the beach also offers a variety of water sports, including jet skiing and paddle boarding. The promenade that lines the beach is perfect for evening strolls, with several restaurants and shops along the way.


Golf: Mijas Golf Club or La Cala Resort

Mijas Golf Club
** Things to Do in Mijas ➜ Play Golf

For golf enthusiasts, Mijas offers an unparalleled golfing experience. With a year-round pleasant climate and world-class courses, it's no wonder that golfers from all over the world flock to Mijas for a round or two. Here are the top two spots:

  • Mijas Golf Club: Mijas Golf Club has two 18-hole courses - Los Lagos and Los Olivos. While Los Lagos is characterized by wide fairways and large lakes, offering challenges for all levels, Los Olivos has rolling hills with narrower fairways and elevated greens.

    Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., these courses have become a favorite for golfers visiting the Costa del Sol. Their blend of challenging play and scenic beauty has solidified Mijas Golf Club's reputation in the golfing community.

  • La Cala Resort: La Cala Resort is not just a golf resort, but a haven for golf enthusiasts. With three 18-hole championship courses - Campo America, Campo Asia and Campo Europa - each offers unique challenges against the backdrop of the Sierra de Mijas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

    Beyond golf, La Cala Resort offers a holistic experience with a luxurious hotel, spa and dining options. Its all-inclusive approach makes it a sought-after destination for golfers and their families.

Check Out These Cities & Villages Near Mijas...

Malaga Spain - 45-min From Mijas
** Malaga Spain - 45 minutes From Mijas

While visiting Mijas, keep in mind that there are a ton of other amazing nearby destinations to visit. From the other cities and towns along the Costa del Sol to world famous destinations like Gibraltar, Granada and the Nerja Caves...

Here are 5 of our favorite places to visit near Mijas:



Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, is a vibrant coastal city with a rich Moorish heritage, historic landmarks and the renowned Picasso Museum, making it a cultural and historical gem just a short drive from Mijas.

Discover the city with a walking tour!

Tours Near Mijas - Malaga
Alcazaba and Roman Theatre Guided Tour - €13 The Alcazaba is one of the city's most iconic landmarks and a must see when visiting Malaga. Discover this amazing palace with its fortress walls, beautiful gardens, fascinating history, hidden legends and amazing views... Entry tickets included.


Nerja / Frigiliana

  1. Nerja: Nerja is famous for its 'Balcony of Europe', a panoramic viewpoint perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, its unspoiled beaches, and of course the Nerja Caves.

  2. Frigiliana: Frigiliana is often hailed as one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Spain, with its narrow cobbled streets, Andalucian charm and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coast.



Rock of Gibraltar - a short drive from Mijas
** Rock of Gibraltar - a Short Drive from Mijas

One hour and thirty minutes from Mijas you can visit one of the most famous landmarks in the area, the Rock of Gibraltar, where you can enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and across to Africa. Inside the Rock you'll find an impressive network of caves, including St. Michael's Cave, which is now used as a concert venue.

You can choose to see the island on your own or book a group tour (€29).

The two main activities on the Rock of Gibraltar are the dolphin watching cruise and the cable car ride to the top. This ticket includes both.



Granada, home to the iconic Alhambra Palace, is a fascinating blend of Moorish history and Andalucian culture, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is easily accessible for a day trip from Mijas.

Tours Near Mijas - Granada
Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Entry - €14.61 Skip the lines and see one of Granada's most visited landmarks with fast-track admission. Enjoy the Alcazaba, the Generalife, the Baths of the Mosque and the Gardens. Skip the lines tickets.

Mijas Spain ➜ Practical Information

Now that you know all the top things to see and do in Mijas... Are you ready to visit this beautiful Mediterranean town? Take a look at the information below to help you plan your trip.

How Long do You Need for a visit to Mijas?

The ideal length of time to visit Mijas depends largely on your personal interests and how much you want to see. For most people, a full day is enough to see the main attractions, stroll through the picturesque streets, and soak up the atmosphere of this pretty Andalucian village.

But to fully enjoy what Mijas has to offer, a visit of at least two to three days is recommended. This will allow time to explore the cultural sites, enjoy the local cuisine and possibly venture out into the mountains or nearby towns.

Colorful Flowerpots in Mijas Spain Village Street Details in Mijas Spain
** Village Street Details in Mijas Spain

What are the best places to eat in Mijas?

Mijas has a wonderful selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and preferences. Here are some of the best places to eat in Mijas:

  • La Alcazaba de Mijas: Located in a traditional Andalucian house, this restaurant offers a variety of Spanish dishes. The patio seating and authentic atmosphere make it a popular choice.

  • Restaurante Meguinez: Known for its lamb dishes and Moorish-inspired cuisine, Meguinez is a must-visit for those looking for flavors reminiscent of Mijas' history. Located on Calle San Sebastian.

  • Aroma Café & Secret Garden: The perfect place for a relaxing breakfast or brunch, Aroma Café offers a selection of pastries, coffees and light meals in a tranquil garden setting.

  • El Mirlo Blanco: Specializing in Basque cuisine, this restaurant offers a variety of fish, meat and traditional dishes served in a rustic setting.

When is the best time to visit Mijas?

Regardless of when you choose to visit, Mijas has a wonderful charm that can be enjoyed all year round, but generally the best times are spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). Also check the local calendar of events, it's always fun to come during one of the special festivals.

Here's a quick breakdown:

  • Spring (April to June): The weather is mild, temperatures are pleasant, and the landscape is lush from the winter rains. This is an excellent time for sightseeing and outdoor activities, as the area blossoms with vibrant colors.

  • Summer (July to August): These months can be hot, especially at midday. However, this is also the peak tourist season, with many festivals and events taking place. If you don't mind the heat and are looking for a lively atmosphere, summer may be the time for you. Keep in mind that it can get crowded and accommodation prices may be higher.

  • Autumn (September to November): Similar to spring, fall temperatures are comfortable for exploring the city and its surroundings. The summer crowds have also thinned out, allowing for a more relaxed experience.

  • Winter (December to March): The weather is cooler and there may be occasional rain, but it's still milder than many other European destinations. Winter can be a peaceful time to visit, with fewer tourists and a more authentic local atmosphere.

A Street Corner & San Sebastian Church - Mijas Spain
** A Street Corner & San Sebastian Church - Mijas Spain

Day Trips to Mijas from Málaga or Seville

Mijas is conveniently located just 30 kilometers west of Málaga, making it an easy day trip destination. A short 30 minute drive on the A-7 highway (or a short bus ride) will take you from the hustle and bustle of the capital city to the picturesque hillside setting of Mijas. The short distance also makes the trip reasonably priced, especially if you choose to use public transportation.

😎 From Málaga: Marbella, Mijas y Puerto Banús Guided Tour - €42

Seville, about 210 kilometers from Mijas, is a much longer but still feasible day trip. The trip usually takes between 2.5 and 3 hours by car via the A-92 and A-7. While the distance means a higher cost, especially for an organized tour, the trip provides a refreshing change of scenery from the opulence of Seville to the rustic charm of the Costa del Sol.

If you are traveling alone, public transportation may be a more budget-friendly alternative, although it does require more coordination and travel time.

Check bus schedules from Seville to Mijas.

Mijas ➜ How to Arrive & Directions

The village of Mijas is easily accessible. It is located about 35 km (about 45 minutes) southwest of Málaga, about 160 km (about 1h 50 minutes) southwest of Granada, about 211 km (about 2 hours 20 minutes) east of Cadiz, and about 237 km (almost 2 hours 30 minutes) south of Seville.

The city can be reached by both car and bus, with regular connections to other neighboring Costa del Sol towns; Marbella, Fuengirola, and Benalmádena.

Getting To Mijas ➜ by Plane

  • Málaga Airport (AGP): Distance from Mijas: about 29 km, travel time: about 28 minutes by car. Offers domestic and international flights, with many airlines serving the airport.

  • Granada Airport (GRX): Distance from Mijas: about 144 km, travel time: about 1 hour 32 minutes by car. Smaller airport with mainly domestic flights and a few international destinations.

Important! The BEST place to find cheap flights is Cheapoair.com!

To Mijas ➜ by Train

You can take a train to Málaga from any major city in Spain and from there you can take a bus or taxi to Mijas.

Check for the cheapest tickets and train schedules to Mijas.

To Mijas ➜ by Bus

Buses run from Málaga to all the coastal towns and it's relatively cheap and easy. Buy tickets online

To Mijas ➜ by Car

Renting a car is another option for exploring the surrounding areas of Mijas. parking is available on the road below the village. From there you need to walk up into town.

Driving Directions to Mijas:

  • From Málaga: Follow the AP-7 in a westerly direction. Take exit #1008 for A-368 toward Benalmádena. Continue following the road up, there will be signs to the village.

  • From Granada: Follow the AP-7 west and then southwest. Continue past Málaga and take the #1008 exit when you reach Benalmádena.

Check out!: You will find the cheapest most reliable car rentals in Spain here!

To Mijas ➜ by Taxi

One way private transfer between Malaga Airport (AGP) & any Costa del Sol destination.

Taxis are available in Mijas and can be hailed on the street, found at taxi stands or booked by phone or smartphone app. They're a convenient way to get around, especially if you're traveling with luggage or have limited time.

Mijas Spain ➜ A Little History

The history of Mijas dates back to ancient times, with evidence that its first inhabitants were the Tartessians (a pre-Roman civilization). Over the centuries, its strategic location on the coast has attracted many different cultures, including the Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors. Remains of the Roman influence in the area can still be seen today, mostly in the form of aqueducts and bathhouses.

The Muslim occupation in the 8th century brought significant changes to Mijas. Under Moorish rule the town was fortified and many of its iconic whitewashed buildings and narrow streets were built. The name "Mijas" is believed to be derived from the Arabic word "Mixa", referring to this important period. Despite numerous attempts, Mijas remained a solidly Moorish town until it was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487.

After the reconquest, Mijas underwent several transformations, adapting to the changing dynamics of Spain. The town expanded its agricultural and fishing activities, and in the 20th century, with the rise of tourism on the Costa del Sol, Mijas pivoted to cater to holidaymakers. Today, although it's a popular tourist destination, Mijas still retains its authentic Andalucian charm.

Historical Photos of Plaza de la Libertad - Mijas Spain Historical Photos of San Sebastian Street - Mijas Spain
** Historical Photos - Mijas Spain

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