Mijas is one of those places I didn’t know about and didn’t expect to visit at all.
But last week I had 2 days off right after arriving at my second Helpx stop -the Kadampa Meditation Center in Málaga- and some people here recommended me to go to Mijas.
Since I didn’t have any plans I decided to trust locals once more, and after checking the bus schedule I headed there.
If you like nice panoramic views, Mijas is just the right place for you.
There are several different spots to enjoy the views of the mountains, the villages, the sea, and even the coast of Morocco.
I went there in the middle of the day so the light wasn’t any good for photos, but I’m sure you could get amazing pictures around sunset —one good reason to spend a night in Mijas!
There is a wonderful Tourist Information Office nearby the bus stop in Mijas where you can get all sorts of brochures, newspapers, and maps.
However, what I’d recommend you is to just get lost in Mijas’ narrow streets. It actually is so small and everything is so perfectly signaled that it will be hard to get lost anyway.
Follow your instinct, and you’ll run into beautiful views and nicely decorated houses with gardens containing lots of well-kept potted plants.
There is a long walkway along the hill’s edge. I followed it from the Tourist Information Office and all the way up until the Parish Church, where I found a shaded patch to have some snacks XD.
I loved that right across the church there was this mosaic artwork.
What I DIDN’T like much -as in completely disliked- about Mijas, was the whole “Donkey Taxis” thing.
Yea, I understand that they were part of the town’s life in old times. Yes, I understand they are part of this place’s culture and heritage too.
But it is just plain sad and upsetting to see them going around the alleys. If you are too sensitive, don’t even go near the “parking” area. I will spare you the images, smells, and noises from that place.
To me, this is just unjustified animal exploitation, and I’m sure there are nicer, more reasonable ways to keep and share traditions with tourists.
I’m just posting one wide-angle picture here to give you a general idea of what you can encounter around the streets of Mija. Don’t get too close if you don’t want to get angry at humanity.
If you care about animals, please don’t pay for this kind of services.
Looking on the bright side again, the streets of Mijas are full of charming shops, bars, and restaurants.
As you already know, I’m a budget traveler, so I didn’t try any. All I can say is that there are many good-looking options around the town.
This is the square right across the Town Hall.
Useful traveling tip: there are clean public restrooms there!
Just another beautiful alley…
I think I took this photo from the Mijas Fortress Tower.
It’s an amazing view! Isn’t it?
And although the town was quite full of tourists during my visit, there was nobody else when I went up there!
Up to that point, I had already walked for a couple of hours under the sun and had seen spectacular views, however, I was still thirsty for more.
So I walked up towards the “De la Sierra” Viewpoint.
And just when I had exhausted my arm from taking selfies, a couple of travelers got there and helped me do some photos. Yay!!! 🙂
Bonus track: these beautiful flowers that I saw on the way up to the viewpoint. They reminded me of the Chilean copihue.
I know! I know! They don’t even look alike.
But that’s what I thought of when I took the picture…
Tomorrow I have the day off and I think I’m going to check out Marbella.