Mijas Pueblo

Just thirty minutes drive from the centre of Marbella is the beautiful small mountain town of Mijas Pueblo.

A rare gem among the hills of the Costa Del Sol, Mijas is classically Andalusian in its design, with narrow cobbled streets that gently slope against the mountainside and wind their way through the brilliant white-washed walls of the buildings and houses. Nestling, as it does, some 400 metres above sea level the small town has also retained much of its quirky, local charm; holding on to the traditions of its past such as the Donkey Taxis in the plaza and the various festivals throughout the year that continue to be celebrated with gusto.

Despite staying true to its roots the town does attract the attention of foreign visitors and indeed settlers, with an eclectic bunch of nationalities to be found among the 7,500 or so inhabitants as well as a steady stream of tourists who make for the town to revel in clean, mountainous air, the local crafts, quaint cafes and general change of pace and scenery from the frenetic life of cosmopolitan Marbella. Mountain walks and hiking are, as you might expect, popular activities for many who come to the area although for others the chance to sample the local wines is the more appetising draw.

Not that it’s always necessarily an escape from the crowds, however. In the summer months, at the height of the tourist season, the small streets are often crowded with tourists keen to sample the flavour of life in this hillside haven. With temperatures traditionally cooler than Marbella and other coastal resorts on account of its altitude, a visit to Mijas is often a welcome respite from the blazing heat of the Costa summer.

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