Within the botanical gardens of Parque Muralla, close to the bull ring and the auditorium there is a rock gorge which is professionally customised for rock climbing and bouldering. Visitors taking a walk around the park can watch the climbers practice with a beautiful view of the coast in the background. Best of all is that the rock climbing facilities are free for both professionals and amateurs to practice their skills in a beautiful setting.
Plaza de TorosC/ Cuesta de la Villa, Tel : 952 485 248
Dating back to 1900 and located in the center of the village, this is still an active bullring. Bullfighting takes place exclusively during the summer months on Sundays from 18:30. The bullring is unique in its peculiar shape which cannot be found anywhere else. The entire typically Spanish spectacle is opened with a traditional flamenco performance.
Ethnological Museum of MijasPlaza de la Libertad, 2, Tel : 952 590 380
Exhibiting utensils of farming, fishing along with photographs depicting scenes from an past era, this museum also shows an oil mill and wine cellar. Moreover, upstairs within the museum is a special room dedicated to paintings and photography of local artists on display.
The gallery changes regularly to give different artists the opportunity to exhibit their work and many paintings are for sale. Entrance to the museum is free and often accompanied by wine tasting during festivals in the village.
Mijas Museum of MinituresAvda. del Compàs, Tel : 952 48 58 20
Museum of miniatures happens to be the most popular sightseeing destination for Asian tourists. Created by travel adventurer and hypnotist, Professor Max, this museum showcases over 360 pieces collected during his travels around the world. The very detailed craftsmanship can be admired, for example, on the reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Last Supper” carved on a grain of rice.
Walking & hiking
Mijas is also a sought after destination for fans of hiking and mountain walking. There are several routes in the hills directly behind the town that are clearly sign-posted from the road and throughout the trails. A free map of the routes can be obtained from the local tourist office.
Walks vary in time and difficulty levels. The views are spectacular and walkers can additionally visit the local shrine which is located on one of the routes. Further away from the town toward Osanillas, Pine forest walks can be found easily. This area is popular for gathering wild mushrooms at the beginning of autumn. Please consult with locals before eating any mushrooms that you find as not all are edible.
Mijas Wine museumC/ San Sebastian
Mijas wine museum offers wine lovers the chance to learn from professional oenologists and try wine from all denominations of origin in Spain. The wine list includes cavas, noble wines, table wines, reds and roses along with gourmet food to enhance the experience, such as flavoured salts, cream syrup, balsamic jams and olive oils.
Each wine is paired with a dish featuring salads, cheeses, cold meats as well as signature dishes such as ratatouille tartlets with tuna, baby habas in chinese spoons, endives with scorpion fish pie and duck thighs with Malaga sweet wine. A high class tourist attraction that should not be missed.
GymAvda. de Mejico
To use the municipal Mijas gym, membership is available although not necessary. The gym is fully equipped, the machines are a little dated, however, all of them are maintained constantly and the professional help of the instructors is always close-at-hand.
The gym also runs courses in aerobics, yoga and Pilates.
Grotto of the Virgen de la Peña
To this picturesque grotto, there is attached a legend dating back to 1536 when two children, a boy and a girl (Juan & Asuncion) experienced an apparition of the Virgin with Child in her arms and a white dove on her shoulder. The legend says that the Virgin was discovered by excavating the rock by the locals. Today, this beautiful grotto is continuously visited by pilgrims from all over the world. It is a serene and peaceful place for religious contemplations.
Mijas Church of the Immaculate ConceptionParque Muralla
Built on the ruins of the original castle, the church was consecrated in 1631 and uses one of the castles towers as the bell tower. The church contains features from the Mudejar and Baroque styles. There are 3 naves, each separated by rounded arches, the two side naves dating back to the first half of the 17th century. It is a wonderful piece of architecture waiting to be admired by art lovers as well as any viewers sensitive to historical and cultural beauty.
Mijas Swimming Pool
An outdoor municipal swimming pool is located in Osanillas, a small suburb on the outskirts of Mijas. The swimming pool is open during summer until 9pm and the entrance is free. It is a good alternative for those who feel less comfortable in the sea, especially for parents with young children. There is also a bar and cafe run as part of the complex, which are full with noisy locals and children during the summer.
There are several retreats offering yoga and massage courses in Mijas and most are run as part of a package which includes accommodation. At the entrance to the village is a yoga center called Bioyoga. The center has spa facilities and offers courses in Ayurveda Massage and Yoga for pregnant women. Bioyoga also sell natural products such as cosmetics, essential oils and clothes. It is definitely a healthy and alternative treat for active women looking to calm and comfort body and spirit.
The beautiful Park Miralla is situated on the grounds of the original fortress that once occupied this vantage point. The park features botanical gardens, an auditorium and breathtaking viewpoints of the coast that can be explored further with the available coin-operated binoculars. The main church and bullring surround the park and add to the atmosphere of this wonderful area.