If you want a quiet, white and adorable escape, the little Mijas village is perfect to spend a day in a splendid Spanish place. Placed on Costa del Sol, at 30 kilometers from Malaga, Mijas has narrow streets, flower-decked houses, numerous tiny squares and a stunning panoramic view to the sea from its 400 meters height level.
We started our trip in the morning, after appropriately enjoyed at breakfast the irresistible churros con chocolate, which I didn’t get enough during my stay in Spain. After this, explored Mijas step by step, admiring its warm and cozy vibe and the flower-filled patios, to discover the sights hidden around every corner or getting glimpses of typically Moorish architectural style accents.
Colorful plant pots brimming with fire red geranium, bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine add an extra dash of magic to this enchanting scene. Mijas was declared Historic-Artistic village in 1969 and has been authentically preserved ever since.
If you stroll through the colorful gardens by the ancient Arabian wall, you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing and unique view across the Costa del Sol, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular in Malaga.
When you wander through the narrow cobbled streets of this Andalusian village, you can understand what has attracted foreigners to settle here over the years. Many artists and writers have made it their home, enjoying the benefits of an excellent all year round climate, without being part of the busier, more commercial coastal towns just 7 kilometers down the mountain side. Despite its huge popularity with tourists, Mijas Pueblo has somehow managed to retain much of its traditional Andalusian way of life, the locals displaying their unabashed passion for all things festive and an unmistakable relaxed ‘mañana’ outlook on anything that can be put off for another day.
There are plenty of art galleries and the craft shops have wonderful handmade pottery – I bought a beautiful ceramic white and blue flower pot – and affordable paintings made by acclaimed local artists.
Photo credits: cookingtheglobe.com, personal archive Ruxandra Chiurtu