Spain Guide


Mijas Tourist Attractions Things to Do

Mijas is situated at the heart of the Costa del Sol with easy access to a broad range of top class leisure and entertainment activities as well as a wealth of fascinating historic cities and villages.

Right on your doorstep you've got the local bullring the Plaza de Toros in Mijas Pueblo where the locals gather with as much gusto for bullfighting as ever. It's not every foreign tourist's cup of tea but a fascinating spectacle if you've no qualms about animal cruelty.

There's an excellent range of local and international cuisine in and around Mijas. The local "ventas" and tapas bars serve home cooked fresh produce at ridiculously cheap prices.

A cheap, fun and extremely noisy place to eat is Venta Los Morenos, a pretty drive inland from the pueblo on the Mijas to Coin road. It's very Spanish and very cheap.and also very popular since a Sunday Times travel writer "discovered" it! More of a Sunday lunch place than a candle lit dinner for two venue.

One of the oldest Spanish owned restaurants in the village is El Capricho right in the centre of Mijas. The food is excellent, the waiter service friendly and the view from the outside terrace across the square is wonderful.

For a beachside meal try the first class Mijas playa restaurant at Mijas Costa. The menu is extensive with a range of top notch food and wine to suit all budgets.

For sports fans, Mijas is the perfect location for a holiday. There's a wide range of watersports available at Mijas Costa and along the coastline and for golfers.well, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven! There are nearly 60 courses in Andalucia and 30 are on the Costa del Sol.

Mijas has two clubs, Los Lagos and Los Olivos. Just 20 minutes drive from the pueblo there's Torrequebrada which has hosted the Spanish Open and other world class championships. Monte Mayor, 45 minutes away, is one of Andalucia's most spectacular courses and there are two more championship courses on your doorstep at La Cala North and South just inland from Mijas Costa. The Seve Ballesteros course at Alhaurin El Grande is 15 minutes from Mijas and the famous Valderrama is a 90 minute drive away.

For tennis lovers there are plenty of courts and clubs around including the famous Manolo Santana Club in Marbella where the Marbella Open is held each summer. In Mijas itself there's the Lew Hoads Campo de Tennis Club which holds twice weekly tournaments for players of all levels. The average temperature here is 20C making it possible to enjoy tennis throughout the year. The Mijas club boasts eight courts, tuition, beautiful gardens, a bar, restaurant and boutique.

For day trips and local excursion there's a host of magical places to visit. Pop over the mountain to Ronda, surely one of the loveliest towns in Andalucia. This magnificent medieval town was built on a towering plateau to make it impregnable to the Christian armies. It's famous for its awe inspiring river gorge, spanned by an old stone bridge which once housed a prison.

Ronda is also home to Spain's oldest and most beautiful bullring. If you don't fancy witnessing a bullfight you can visit the ring at other times and view mementoes of some of Spain's finest bullfighters in the local museum.

The city of Granada with its famous Alhambra Palace it just two hours drive east of Mijas. Drive on for another hour or so and you'll be into the Sierra Nevada mountain range with its popular ski slopes.

Gibraltar is an hour and a half along the coast and you could even pop across the straits to Africa to shop in the Kasbah of Tangier. Take a hired car or go on one of the many organised trips from nearby Fuengirola. The exciting cities of Seville, Cordoba, Jerez and Cadiz are all within day tripping distance of Mijas.