Due to its elevated position, Mijas Pueblo offers a stunning mountain backdrop and panoramic views over the Costa del Sol and out to sea. On a clear day you can even see across to the African coastline Gibraltar and the Atlas Mountains. This delightful village is made up of narrow winding streets dotted with small cafes, local restaurants and boutique shops. Despite its popularity with tourists, Mijas Pueblo has kept much of its traditional Spanish charm with a relaxed atmosphere.
You’ll find a number of small boutiques dotted amongst the winding streets, perfect for picking up some souvenirs to take home. Local craft shops sell colourful handmade pottery as well as paintings by local artists. There are a number of small mini markets where you can pick up daily essentials, while larger supermarkets are a short drive away.
In the nearby resort of Fuengirola, the local street market is held on a Tuesday morning, and there are markets in the other surrounding towns on different days of the week.
For indoor shopping there are several shopping centres in the area, one of the largest being the Mirador commercial centre, selling many well known brands.
Mijas Pueblo has a good selection of restaurants to choose from offering both local Spanish cuisine as well as some international options. The open plaza has a number of restaurants with outdoor dining, perfect for enjoying an alfresco lunch and admiring the stunning scenery.
In the neighbouring resort of Fuengirola, you will find a fantastic choice of restaurants along the seafront with an exciting mix traditional and modern restaurants to choose, serving both local and international cuisine. Also in Fuengirola there is a great choice of cafes and bars to try, many of them staying open well into the night.
Mijas Pueblo is set high in the hills over 400 metres above sea level, yet just 20 minutes’ drive takes you to the 12 kilometre coastline known as Mijas Costa. Stretching from Calahonda Beach to Playa Del Castillo, you’ll find a mixture of sandy and pebbly coves to explore. Many have sunbeds and parasols to hire as well as lifeguards during the summer months. There is also a range of watersports on offer from snorkelling and pedalos to scuba diving, jet skis and more. Continue along the coast and you’ll soon reach to Fuengirola with its own 8 kilometre mile coastline, so you’ll truly be spoilt for choice.
For a family day out, try the Parque Acuatico Mijas, located 20 minutes’ drive away near Fuengirola. A small water park with a wave pool, slides and children’s play area – perfect for cooling off from the summer sun. Or, why not visit the nearby Bioparc Fuengirola? A simulated tropical environment with flowing rivers, waterfalls and lots of exotic animals to see!
Just a short drive from Mijas, you'll find the Parque La Muralla, clifftop botanical gardens created in the grounds of what was once a fortress. These gardens are well worth a visit for the spectacular views alone - enjoy an afternoon stroll and admire the panoramic vistas.
For a spot of culture there are a number of art galleries in Mijas Pubelo including Foto Art, a gallery showing the work of local photographer Jesus Jaime Mota. Jesus won numerous prestigious awards during his career and you can admire the images from his travels around the world.
Alternatively, Mijas Wine Museum is a fascinating place to visit. Located in an 1839 townhouse house in Calle San Sebastian, here you can learn all about Mijas' small but growing wine industry from the experts before sampling some of the local produce. You can try a variety of local white, red and cava wines.
Malaga city provides a great day out. You can explore the old town centre with its narrow cobbled streets and traditional shops to browse, or visit the Picasso museum and several other sites of interest.