What to see and do in Mijas?



The town of Mijas, located about 30 km from Malaga, is one of the most charming white villages visited on the Costa del Sol. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea and preserves the typical charm of Andalusian white villages.

The contrast of the white houses on the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas mountains against the greenery of pine trees and characteristic Mediterranean vegetation is wonderful.

Mijas pueblo
Mijas pueblo

The town of Mijas is divided into three urban areas: Mijas Pueblo (on the slopes of one of the mountains of the Sierra de Mijas, which constitutes the true historical center of the town), Las Lagunas (the most modern area known as Mijas Costa), and La Cala de Mijas (the coastal area of the town, along the Mediterranean Sea, with over 12 km of coastline where you can find numerous beaches for all tastes). Although the most attractive area for tourists is Mijas Pueblo, with its typical Andalusian village appearance.

Mijas pueblo
Mijas pueblo


The most attractive area of Mijas is Mijas Pueblo, with its typical Andalusian village appearance. It is a village with narrow and winding streets, lined with whitewashed houses adorned with blue flower pots and colorful flowers.

Calle de Mijas
Calle de Mijas

In the village, you will also find numerous viewpoints where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the nature of the Sierra de Mijas and the beautiful sea of the Costa del Sol.

Mijas with a Christian touch

Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción: located in the historic center, at the highest point of the village. This church from the 16th century was consecrated in 1631, it was built on the site of an ancient Arab mosque, and the Mudéjar-style tower serves as its bell tower. It features three naves separated by semi-circular arches supported by marble columns, as well as two side chapels. It also preserves eight marvelous Baroque frescoes from that period.

Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, Mijas, Málaga
Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción

Virgen de la Peña Hermitage: Another emblematic place in the village of Mijas is the Hermitage of the Virgen de la Peña. It is located in a cave carved into the rock between the years 1656 and 1682, and a sacristy was added to it with irregular stone, simulating a natural formation. The Virgen de la Peña is the Patroness of Mijas.

Ermita Virgen de la Peña, Mijas, Málaga
Outside Virgen de la Peña Hermitage
Ermita Virgen de la Peña en Mijas
Inside Virgen de la Peña Hermitage

Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Hermitage: This small-sized 18th-century hermitage has been extensively restored and houses the sculpture of the Virgen de los Remedios from the 18th century.

Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Hermitage

San Antón Hermitage: Built in the 18th century, this hermitage consists of a single nave. Inside, you will find a polychrome wooden sculpture of San Antón from the same period.

Ermita San Antón, Mijas, Málaga
San Antón Hermitage

Mijas’ Historical and Cultural Side

Castle, Walls, and Gardens of the Mijas Wall:

The castle and the old fortress that once surrounded the city, protecting its population, are now a major attraction in Mijas. The 15th-century walls, declared a Cultural Heritage site in 1985, are surrounded by gardens where you can take a leisurely stroll. There is a viewpoint overlooking the city of Mijas and nearby towns, offering views of the sea. There is also a children’s area where you can relax while the little ones play.

Castillo de Mijas, Málaga
Mijas Castle
Muralla y Mirador de las murallas, Mijas, Málaga
Wall and viewpoint of the walls

Compass Viewpoint:

The Compass Viewpoint is a perfect viewpoint and a significant place in the village, offering stunning panoramic views of Mijas and the Mediterranean coast. It is located within the Japanese garden.

Historical Ethnological Museum – The House Museum:

Inaugurated in 1995, the Ethnological Museum is a showcase of the ancient traditions and crafts of Mijas. It recreates a traditional house, a wine cellar, and two olive oil mills. The museum displays farming and fishing tools, as well as local handicraft items.

Entrada al Museo etnográfico de Mijas
Historical Ethnological Museum – The House Museum
Museo etnográfico de Mijas
Interior Museo etnográfico

Mijas Miniature Museum:

Also known as the Carromato de Mijas or Caravan of Max, this museum houses a collection of over 350 miniatures from 50 different countries. It includes remarkable pieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” carved on a grain of rice, representations of the “Seven Wonders of the World” carved on a toothpick, or a portrait of Abraham Lincoln painted on the head of a pin, among others.

Museo de miniaturas o carromato de Mijas
Museum of miniatures or wagon of Mijas, you can know why they call it that
Interior Museo de miniaturas de Mijas
Interior Museum of miniatures

Flour Mill:

With over 200 years of history, this mill recreates the operation of ancient flour mills.

Contemporary Art Center:

Opened in 2013, it houses the second-largest collection of Picasso ceramics in the world in terms of the number of works. Additionally, the center hosts various temporary exhibitions. Saturdays are particularly special as free workshops for children are held during this time.

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Mijas, Málaga
CAC Mijas


Four watchtowers that were part of an ancient defensive line along the Malaga coastline. These include the Torre de Calaburras, Torre Nueva de la Cala del Moral, Torre Batería de la Cala del Moral, and Torre de Calahonda. There is an Interpretation Center for the Watchtowers located in the Torre Nueva de la Cala del Moral, where visitors can learn more about these watchtowers through various resources, such as a scale reproduction of the four towers.

Centro de interpretación de las Torres vigía en Mijas
Watchtowers Interpretation Center

Las Lagunas Theater:

This is where cultural events take place in the municipality. Throughout the year, it hosts musical festivals such as the Flamenco Festival, La Noche Latina, and the Calapop Festival in August, the Celtic Night in June, and the Mijas Jazz Festival in autumn. There are also classical music concerts, flamenco performances, and dance shows in summer. Additionally, events like the Storytelling Contest, International Day of Villages, and Market of the Senses are held here.

Streets of Mijas

While strolling through the town, you can admire the beautiful streets adorned with pots of lovely flowers, all with blue clay flowerpots against whitewashed walls. Famous streets include Plaza de la Constitución, Avenida del Compás, Calle Campos, Calle Málaga, and many more.

Calles de Mijas, con sus tradicionales fachadas con macetas
Mijas streets, with their traditional facades with blue painted clay pots

Bullfighting tradition

Plaza de Toros de Mijas
Bullring Entrance

We find a bullring with great appeal, as it is built on top of a rock. It was constructed in 1900.


Plaza de toros de Mijas, Málaga
Inside Plaza de Toros, we can see its oval shape

Donkey Taxis

Another attraction is the donkeys. It is a longstanding tradition to take a donkey ride through the village of Mijas. This is an ancient tourist attraction in the town, dating back to the 1950s when workers used donkeys for transportation and tourists approached them to take pictures. What started as an innocent activity has now become a donkey rental business for rides around the village.

Burro taxi en Mijas pueblo, Málaga
donkey taxi
Burro taxi en Mijas pueblo, Málaga
donkey taxi


The Sierra de Mijas is a mountain range parallel to the coast, showcasing rich biodiversity. With characteristic Mediterranean vegetation, there are extensive reforested pine forests, carob and olive trees. The scrubland is adorned with thyme, rosemary, broom, fennel, lavender, rue, palmetto, esparto grass, and other typical species. In the higher areas, you can find holm oaks, mastic trees, wild olives, junipers, and rockroses.

Sierra de Mijas
Sierra de Mijas

Thanks to the climatic peculiarities of this mountain range, we can find orchids, which are part of the botanical wealth of this area.

In terms of fauna, especially in the vicinity of Pico Mijas, at an altitude of over 1,100 meters above sea level, you can encounter kestrels, golden eagles, dormice, owls, mountain goats, among others.

Mijas Beaches

La Cala de Mijas: An urban beach with a Blue Flag designation, stretching approximately 1,500 meters in length, featuring some rocky areas and dark sand. Musical events are held here during the summer.

Playa La Cala de Mijas, en Mijas, Málaga
La Cala de Mijas Beach

Cabo Rocoso: A semi-urban beach spanning about 100 meters, with dark sand and moderate waves. Many people come here for windsurfing, sailing, and diving.

Calahonda Beach: A semi-urban beach measuring around 4,500 meters in length, with golden sand and gentle waves. It’s suitable for diving and fishing.

Playa de Calahonda, Mijas, Málaga
Calahonda Beach

El Bombo Beach: A semi-urban beach about 1,100 meters long, with dark sand. It’s ideal for diving due to its proximity to a cliff.

Playa El Bombo, Mijas, Málaga
El Bombo Beach

El Chaparral: A semi-urban beach approximately 4,400 meters long, rocky with moderate waves. It’s suitable for windsurfing, sailing, and diving.

Playa El Chaparral en Mijas, Málaga
El Chaparral Beach

El Faro: A rocky beach spanning about 1,400 meters, with many small sandy coves. Submarine and shore fishing are popular activities here.

Playa El Faro en Mijas, Málaga
El Faro Beach

Hiking in Mijas

  • Senda Litoral de Mijas: You can also enjoy nature, specifically the Mijas coast, by strolling along the coastal path, which features wooden walkways.
  • Hiking trails: The trails in the Sierra de Mijas are categorized by color based on their level of difficulty:
    • Red Route or Cruz de la Misión: Low difficulty. Takes approximately 4 hours (2 hours each way).
    • Yellow Route or Cañada de Gertrudis: Medium/low difficulty. Offers panoramic views of the sea.
    • Green Route or Cañadas: Medium difficulty.
    • Blue Route to Puerto de Málaga: Medium/high difficulty. Well-marked paths with fantastic views.
    • Orange Route to Pico de Mijas: High difficulty. Ends at the meteorological station “La Bola,” offering the best views of the town.