Mijas Pueblo is a small traditionally Andalusian town of 7500 residents located on the Costa del Sol’s mountainside, nestled 428 metres above sea level.
The area is known to be the home to many artists, who over the years have decorated the narrow cobbled streets of the pueblo with beautifully decorated porcelain pots. Local artists have also created hand made pottery and stunning paintings which are later sold in the craft shops. Local famous artists include Don Clarke and Michele Lehmann.
Over the years, the town has become a popular tourist destination as well as a new home to many foreigners, but still Mijas Pueblo has managed to retain its traditional Andalusian lifestyle, celebrating Spanish ferias and living the relaxed “mañana” lifestyle. The town has a tranquil ambiance and is a lot less busier than the other coastal towns just 7km away.
In fact, due to the high numbers of foreign residents in Mijas Pueblo, the town hall created their very own Foreigner’s Department, created to provide non-Spanish speaking residents with assistance, as well as advising them on any issues that may present themselves.
Mijas Pueblo is also home to it’s very own, although small, Plaza de Toros, as well as an ancient Arabic wall, and Virgen de la Peña shrine. The Inmaculada Concepción church was built by Muslims in 836, which was then transformed into a Catholic church following the reconquest of Al-Andaluz. In 1510, a Mozarab style tower was added to the church.
Mijas Pueblo’s rich history and culture can be studied at several local museums.
As a popular tourist destination, the Mijas Village Tourist Office provides a vast amount of information to any visitors. Opening hours vary depending on the season. In winter, the tourist office opens between 09:00 and 19:00, and during the summer months from 09:00 to 15:00 and 16:00 until 20:00, taking an hour off in the afternoon for the traditional siesta. The tourist office is open on Saturdays year-round from 10:00 until 14:00.
Malaga International Airport: 25 min Gibraltar International Airport: 1 hour 40 min (please note that this requires crossing the Gibraltar-Spain border)
The nearest golf course is the Alhaurín Golf Resort, in Alhaurín el Grande, located a 15 to 20 minute drive away. Many other nearby courses can be found just a short drive away in Mijas Costa.
C.E.I.P. San Sebastián (Primary school) Students are required to travel to nearby towns for secondary school, for example in Mijas Costa.