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Costa Del Sol Locations-Guide

Information about Mijas

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(35.423 inhabitants) Màlaga province

Touristic place situated in the Costa del Sol, at the foot-hill of the sierra de Mijas, from where you get to see the Mediterranean sea.

History

MijasIn roman ages existed a fortress with the name of Tamisa which was used as coast vigilance. In this fortress has its origin the actual town. Before, Phoenicians and Greeks had exploited it for the metals the sierra hid.

In the muslim age, the fortress that had turned into a village received the name of  Mixas, from where the actual name came.

In 1487, after Màlaga fall, the inhabitants of Mijas, who had resisted different sieges, surrender to the Christians waiting for a favourable agreement, however they were given as gift or sold as slaves to the knights who have taken part in the campaign.

In 1494, after a period of neglect, houses and land are distributed into the old Christians, and so the village got the title of small town in 1521, as a reward for being faithful to Carlos I during the Communities War.

MijasAlong centuries XVII and XVIII marble, jaspe and other stones quarries from the sierra were exploited, and even the doorway of the archbishop palace in Seville was built with materials coming from this lands, the chapel of Santa Tecla de Burgos or the altar of la Encarnaciòn of Màlaga cathedral. This industry declines towards 1827 and Mijas gets into a process of decay from where it gets out by mid XX century with the tourism.

Gastronomy

Vegetables, pork meat and game and tropical fruits combine with those from the close sea in the mijeña cuisine, being  these some of the most traditional el  guiso de patatas,  manos de cerdo ( pork hands), and the callos. At present it is possible to find in its numerous restaurants any speciality of the national and international cuisine.

Festivities

17th January is the romeria de San Antòn, close to disappear due to the loss of importance of agriculture.

Between 14th and 16th august celebrates the fiestas de la Luna de Agosto, a cheerful fair, and between 7th and 11th September the fiestas of Virgen de la Peña.

The origin of this last one can be found in the legend that tells how in 1586 and, after the apparition of the Virgen to 2 young brothers sheppers, the image was found in a tower of the castle, together with a file that told the history of Mijas during the Middle Age, due to this it was known that the image was hidden there for more than five hundred years. Between the numerous activities that are celebrated these days is to emphasize the donkeys-taxi race.

Visit and surroundings

MijasAt the entrance of the village, going up the steep Fuengirola road from where it gets magnificent views of the Mediterranean sea and the coast, you can find the donkey-taxis stop that can be rented to go through the village. Here, in this picturesque square, in Max’s cart, it is situated the Museo de Miniaturas ( miniatures museum).

The village spreads on the mounts skirts creating white urbanizations surrounded by vast pinewoods, and in between some golf courses extend. In the old area, irregular small streets that go lightly small squares, with lots of flower hanging from the balconies and windows, to stand out the streets named Charcones, San Sebastiàn, Màlaga o Caños.

MijasIn the street Carril is the Church of the Inmaculada Concepciòn, built in 1510 in the place of the old arab mosque. The Virgen de la Peña, patron saint of the village, has a hermitage dug in the rock by the mercedarian monks around 1520, which is called El Compàs, out of the walls of the historic area, in the square of the Virgen de la Peña.

In the coast, between Fuengirola and Marbella, Mijas has 12 km of excellent beaches which received the names of Chaparral, Moral, Calahonda, Butibamba, Artola y  Real de Zaragoza, in amongst them it’s situated the sport port of Cabopino.