A trip to Mijas
A trip to Mijas
Anyone looking for history that collides with the unmistakeable Andalusian charm that has made the Costa del Sol the hotspot of the Spanish tourism industry for many years now should not miss out on one thing in particular: a trip to Mijas. The village was founded back in the day by the Tartessians (the first professional vintners on the Iberian peninsula). Du-ring Roman times, the small collection of houses (and vinotheks?) was an increasingly important place, as what later became Mijas was located on fork in the Via Augusta which, at the time, linked Cádiz with Málaga. Conquered by Abdalaziz, the governor of Seville, in the year 714, the terrain remained in Muslim hands until it was reconquered in 1487. In the 16th century, the famous parish church of the white village was built; the Ermita San Sebastián was built at the end of the 17th century. So much for history…
… which of course has remained a feature of local festivals to this day: it is traditional, for example, in the first half of September to commemorate the Virgen de la Peña, the patron saint of the village. And where is the best place to commemorate a patron saint? Precisely: in her own Ermita (chapel), which by the way contains a wooden saintly statue that is more than 1200 years old.
Those less interested in churches can simply get lost in the enchanting alleyways of the white village, which are frequently decorated with flowers – and here’s a tip: far away from the main street, it is easy to avoid the tourist masses. A particular highlight is the Paseo de la Muralle, a pedestrian path on the edge of the town that leads through a small park directly along the cliffs. From there, you can enjoy a breath- taking view of the entire coast – and with a bit of luck you can also see the coast of Morocco.
Home to people from around 80 countries of the world
Mijas – which is divided into the areas Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and La Cala as well as rural villages such as Valtocado and La Alquería and in the meantime is home to people from around 80 countries of the world – also has a great artistic heritage. Over the centuries, craftsmen have specialised in work with silver, esparto grass and wicker. And as it is only a small step from the world of art to a museum visit, the bull-fighting museum and the museum of miniatures “Carromato de Max” are also worth a mention as destinations.
All this of course leads to hunger. Mijas offers a wide variety of culinary delights – with a large number of typical Anda-lusian tapas bars, offering classics such as salmorejo and gazpachuelo as well as maimones (bread soup) and cachor- reñas (bitter orange soup).
For dessert, a detour to the Happiness Laboratory on the Plaza Virgen de la Peña is a great idea. There, alongside classical flavours of ice cream, there are also exotic creations – based, for example, on the taste of Thai soups.
Sounds bizarre – and it is… but it is still one of the minor highlights that make a day trip to Mijas an unforgettable experience.