What is there to see and do in Mijas?
Mijas is a typical, Andalusian white town, located in the hills of Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. Its excellent location makes Mijas a magical view point in itself, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea which contrasts with the green of the mountain range and the blue sky. Its narrow, stone streets, squares and small corners provide Mijas with a commendable catalogue of points of interest, having been declared a Conjunto Histórico-Artístico (Historic-Artistic Group) in 1969. Mijas has extensive cultural heritage. It has several shrines, including La Ermita del Calvario which is situated above the town and surrounded by a dense forest of pines. You can reach this shrine by taking a walking path marked with iron crosses. Undoubtedly, this shrine offers one of the most beautiful view points in the area. La Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña was excavated into the rock in 1548 by Mercedarian monks. The story goes that the Virgin Mary appeared between the walls of the old castle in 1586, having remained hidden for the eight centuries of Islamic rule.
One of the most iconic tourist attractions in Mijas is its Donkey Taxis. Both young and old will love these famous taxis which are an institution in itself. Mijas's donkey taxis have become one of the main tourist attraction and date back to the 60s. They used to be a mode of transport for Mijas natives, as well as a photo opportunity. Mijas locals would receive tips that exceeded even their salaries, meaning these taxis became another way of business life. They are of such importance in the town that they even have their own parking area.
The city of Malaga has an endless amount of tourist attractions. Reminders of its Islamic period include the Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba, a Nazarene palace that served as the city's defences. Nowadays, the Alcazaba offers one of the best views of the city. Near here, you will find the Roman theatre and the Jewish district where the synagogue and a Mudejar tower have been preserved. Among the religious buildings worth seeing, we should mention the Renaissance-Baroque cathedral, known as "La Manquita" (the One-Armed Lady) due to it lacking one of its towers. Along with the cathedral, you should visit the Baroque Episcopal Palace and its Diocesan Museum. There are many other religious buildings in this city, including San Juan Church, San Lázaro Church, Santiago Church (constructed on a mosque) and Los Mártires Church, all of which are symbols of the Gothic Mudejar movement. Don't forget to visit the churches of Sagrario, San Julián, Santo Cristo de la Salud and San Felipe Neri, as well as the Zamarilla Shrine and the Basilica de la Victoria. Other interesting places in the capital of the Province of Malaga include Plaza de la Merced (where many Malaga locals meet and where Pablo Picasso's birth house is located), Plaza de la Constitución, Alameda Principal (the main artery to the old quarter) and Calle Marqués de Larios, the most well-known street in the city. This is where you will find famous shops. The Picasso Museum is another must-see attraction in this city. Malaga has many beaches but the most renowned are La Malagueta and La Caleta, both of which are famed for their "chiringuitos" (beach bars) where you can enjoy fried fish and sardine "espetos" (grilled sardine skewers), the city's specialities. And of course, we have to mention the city's famous Easter Week and the August Fair, both of which are incredible events.
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