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Mijas, which is situated in the hills above Fuengirola, is a typical and beautiful white walled Andalucian village. It is well worth a visit from wherever you are staying on the Costa del Sol. It provides lovely views over the Costa from it’s extensive gardens and also has many souvenir and local goods shops. It is particularly renowed for it’s leather wear. Access to Mijas is relatively simple from wherever you are staying. There are direct buses from Malaga via Torremolinos, Benalmadena Costa, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Pueblo. There are also very regular buses direct from Fuengirola. To access by road just follow the E15 motorway. There are signs to Mijas from the eastern edges of Fuegirola (Junction 213). We need a starting point for this walk and I suggest we meet up outside the Ayuntamiento de Mijas or Mijas Town Hall. It’s easy to find. If you’ve arrived by bus or one of the many organised tours, it's right in front of the bus station. If you’ve come up by car, when you arrive at the roundabout at the top of the hill next to the petrol station, turn left along Avenido de Mejico. When the road forks bear left and look for and take the P parking signs on your left. This takes you down to a large multi-story car park. After parking take your ticket with you and take the lift/stairs to the top of the car park and you exit next to the Town Hall. We’ll turn left to begin with passing the large square across the road on your right which we’ll return to later. The first place we come to is the Burros de Mijas, the Mijas Donkeys which offer rides along Avenida de Mejico and around the Square. This is not to everyone’s taste and this is not the place for a philosophical debate on the ethics but, if it’s what you want, it’s here. The donkeys are licensed by the Town Hall and regularly inspected. Whilst on matters bovine, there are also horse drawn carriage rides around the village available from around the main square.We will eventually be turning right up the ramped road but, before we do, we need to travel back in time by visiting the Sanctuario de la Virgin de la Pena. Walk straight forward and then left towards a chapel carved into the wall. Here the patron saint of Mijas is worshipped. Back in around 1586 a vision of the Virgin appearred here and on carving out the chapel an image of the Virgin was found inside. Make sure you enter the chapel and climb up onto the roof for a glimpse of some of the more wonderful views we’ll see more of later. On leaving the Sanctuario retrace you steps to the road and straight forward up the ramped road/car park past all the waiting horse and carriages. At the top of the ramp, on the left, in what looks like an old carriage, is the Miniture Museum. Although it looks relatively new it has been here since 1972. Walking straight forward takes us along Calle Fuente del Algarrabo where there are many cafes to rest and shops to visit. At the end of the road, where it starts to descend, there are local pottery shops with the colourful pottery contrasting starkly with the white walls. Drop down and bear left into the Plaza. The majority of things here are on the left however if you want a short detour keep right and turn right just at the bottom righthand edge of the square to visit the local covered market on Calle de Lasla. Returning to the Square there are a number of shops and restaurants here to browse around and through the archway there are more shops and restaurants with views right down to the Costa.When you’ve had your fill, climb the road ramp in the bottom left hand corner of the square and enjoy the gardens and water features on your left. At the top you reach the Mijas Bullring which has it’s own museum which includes entry into the bull ring itself. Moving forwards brings you to the Inglesia Santa Ana. At the right hand side of the church are fountains which change their dance every few minutes. Also in the area is the Mijas Auditario where open concerts and events are held. Continuing forwards brings you to the walls with stunning, uniterrupted views to the coast and on a clear day you can see the Atlas Mountains in Morroco. Follow the walls all the way around and the path will eventually bring you, in a circle, back to the Square. We leave the square in the same corner we orginally entered taking the left fork up the hill past the Folk Museum and the central 17th century Church of San Sabastian. Please call in to admire it’s architecture and also note the streets (calle) heading up the rocky hillside. Whilst on the subject of churches, you will have noticed throughout the walk the tiny white chapel in the hillside above you. This is Shrine of the Calvario. Built in 1710 and only open on Easter Friday (Semana Santa or Holy week is a time of great importance in Spain and the festivals and parades including here, in Mijas, are well worth seeing). Continuing along take the next passage on your right which takes you along what was known by the young brits in the 1970’s, when Mijas was very undeveloped, as the strip. Here there are shops and restaurants again until you emerge into familiar territory. Turn left and at the top of the stairs descend into the main square which is once again surrounded by shops and cafes. In the centre of the square the many fiestas are celebrated and if you are lucky, you may catch a local Flamenco display. This brings us back to the car park and if you haven’t enjoyed some refreshment treat yourself to something and spend a few moments enjoying the sights and sounds that are Mijas Pueblo. We find the best day for visiting is Saturday. Many hotels and apartments change over at the weekend and very few coach tours are run to Mijas, so it is much quieter. 
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