The archaeological remains found confirmed the existence of the Roman city of Suel,
a possible successor to the Ibero-Punic city that was formed after the arrival of the Phoenicians.
The Arabs took the town shortly after their landing on the Iberian Peninsula. With the death of the Muladí warlord, Abderramán III reconquered the area.
Mijas resisted the attacks of the Castilian army until the conquest of Málaga in 1487. The distribution of the municipality’s lands among the Old Christians took place in 1494. The town obtained the title of villa in 1521 as a reward for its loyalty to King Carlos I during the rebellion of the comuneros.
Mijas, due to its geographical location, has two well defined areas:
Mijas Pueblo, a white village that makes you move to an inland village, but with a large network of local shops and restaurants, of great attraction for tourists, making it the ideal place not only for holidays but to live, in the middle of nature and with panoramic views of the sea.
Craftsmanship is another strong point of Mijas Pueblo, there is a route of artisan workshops where you can work with different materials. The works that still survive are silver embossing, esparto grass, inlay and wickerwork.
For nature lovers, the Sierra de Mijas has several trails that lead to neighbouring municipalities such as Ojén and Benalmádena along the route of the Gran Senda de Málaga, and neighbouring municipalities such as Alhaurín and Fuengirola along other trails.
Let us not forget the boom in ornithological observations from the viewpoints, not only of local species, but also at certain times of the year of migratory birds.
Mijas Costa has a wide and well-kept coastline with wonderful beaches that coexist with great nature and green areas.
In the heart of the coast of Mijas we find La Cala de Mijas, the central core of the 12 kilometres of coastline of the municipality through which passes the Senda Litoral, a pedestrian and cycle path that runs parallel to the coast of Mijas and which is implemented in the municipality from La Cala to Cabopino. This path is the chosen place to walk and do sport, we can see along the route dotted with spaces that are temporarily enabled for different activities such as yoga, functional training, beach volleyball, etc..
There are areas of beaches with special importance from the point of view of maintaining ecosystems, such as Calahonda for its posidonia meadows and others that enjoy protection such as the one that runs from Cala de Mijas to Fuengirola.
We can also still see on the coast some watchtowers that bear witness to the history of the area. We can still see the ones in Cala de Mijas, Torrenueva, Calaburras and Calahonda.
Let’s not forget water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing, which have a paradise on the beaches of La Cala and El Chaparral.
In La Cala de Mijas, we have all kinds of restaurants, shops, banks, etc. consolidated area with all its services, next to the sea and the mountains.
For golf lovers, Mijas offers one of the best offers in Andalusia. It is a paradise for them, as they take advantage of the natural environment, the weather and the splendid sunshine most of the year.
The best golf courses in Mijas are:
- El Chaparral golf (https://golfelchaparral.com)
- Santana Golf (https://santanagolf.com/es/santana-golf-club-costa-del-sol-mijas-marbella/)
- Calanova Golf Club, (https://calanovagolf.es)
- La Cala Golf Resort ( https://www.lacala.com/es/golf/)
- and Mijas Golf Club which is made up of two other 18-hole golf courses, Los Olivos and Los Lagos (https://mijasgolf.org).
PLACES WE RECOMMEND VISITING:
-The old town of Mijas has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. There we can see the Gardens and the Mirador de la Muralla, which are the remains of the old fortress on which the municipality was created. These gardens were designed so that there are flowers all year round and from the viewpoint you can enjoy panoramic views of the Costa del Sol.
– Contemporary Art Centre. Here you can find works by artists such as Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Miró, among others. It has the second most important collection of ceramics in the world made by Picasso.
– The bullring of Mijas, built at the beginning of the 20th century by a group of neighbours, its entrance gate has the appearance of a typical white house and is oval in shape, something very unusual in Spain.
–The Municipal Auditorium, where the Villa de Mijas Theatre Festival takes place in July.
–The Virgen de la Peña Chapel, which was excavated in the 16th century, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which dates from the same period and was built on top of an old mosque, using its Mudejar tower as a bell tower. The hermitages of San Sebastián and Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, both from the 17th century, and the hermitage of El Calvario, from the 18th century, and the watchtowers, all equally worth a visit.
–Mijas Water Park, (AQUAMIJAS) is an ideal place to visit with the family, mixing water with fun attractions for both children and adults. It is located in Mijas Costa, very close to Fuengirola.