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Mijas Pueblo is a picturesque village in the Costa del Sol Southern Spain, and just 30 minutes drive from Málaga. While exploring this charming retreat, a good option would be to leave your car at the “Parking Virgen de la Peña.” This would leave you slap bang in the centre of Mijas and very near to the office of tourism. There are slots for 500 cars and it’s a no brainer at 1€ for 24 hrs of covered secure parking. Elevators are available and access is provided for invalids.
Also near to the car park and town hall are the donkey taxis that have been around since the sixties and a tour around the town is currently 20€. The rides have become a controversial issue with animal rights campaigners recently, but the animals are well cared for. A vet from a local sanctuary checks them out regularly and owners make sure they have plenty of water and shade.
Another option, especially for those with limited mobility is the electric Tuk-Tuk tour that is also close to the parking. The guide takes you around the places of interest in the town and nearby hills. It covers an area of about 8 kilometres and lasts for almost an hour.
The town hosts a number of beautiful parks and plazas where you can have a rest in the shade and enjoy a coffee or refreshing drink. The bullring “Plaza de Toros” occupies an elevated position allowing you to enjoy views of the surrounding hills and whitewashed houses. There are several tourist shops there as well as the bullfight museum and small leather factory.
GRAB A BITE IN MIJAS
You´ll discover lots of bars and restaurants in Mijas. There are the inevitable tourist traps but also quite a few hidden gems. Our advice is to have a stroll around and check out the menu of different places. And if you can, try to find out where the locals eat. That should be a good indicator of the quality of food on offer.
We stopped to have a drink and a tapa at “ALBOKA GASTRO BAR”, which had an innovative gourmet style tapas menu at sensible prices. We chose “Stack of Crucks” with black pudding and caramelised apple on top, and “Pork Medallion with caramelised apple”. Both were delicious and reasonably priced. There was a good mix of locals and tourists enjoying the food and lively buzz of conversation.
MUSEUM OF MIJAS
We were surprised by the local municipal museum of Mijas. It hosts a large exhibition allowing visitors to envisage how citizens lived in this type of agrarian environment that continued until very recently. An impressive central patio links to all the exhibits on display. There are fine examples of a typical rustic kitchen, bedroom, winery, oil mill, farming utensils and many more interesting artefacts. It is a worthwhile visit if you are in Mijas and the entrance fee is only 1€.
MINIATURE MUSEUM OF MIJAS
Another interesting attraction is the miniatures museum housed in Max´s caravan (Carromato de Max). Inaugurated in 1972, it contains a vast selection of miniatures that were acquired during his European travels. There is a curious collection of art pieces that includes a shrunken human head, the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci on a grain of rice, a ballet dancer carved on a toothpick, and naval battle at the head of a pin. It is a fascinating museum and takes about 15 minutes to browse through the collection. Art aficionados will probably stay longer to inspect the finer details. It is a worthwhile attraction if you visit Mijas.
We think Mijas village is a super location to visit. It’s a place filled with great charm and interesting places to see.