Monday, 30 September 2013

Visiting Mijas, Near Malaga


I had the pleasure of visiting the small town of Mijas recently on a sun holiday which I'll go into more detail about later :)

Now, if you've never heard of Mijas (pronounced Me-hacking sound in throat-Kas) you're not alone, I'd never heard of it either, but The Boy had been there on a family holiday YEARS AGO and wanted to revisit it.

He went at a stage of childhood where you don't give a rats ass about quaint little squares and picturesque streets, back then he wanted BEACHES and FAIRGROUNDS and ICE CREAM and moaned at his mum for dragging him away from his bucket and spade. I can't say much has changed in that time but there's only so much beach and ice cream a grown man can take, so we took a day trip.

Mijas is located on the Costa Del Sol which is blessed with an alright public transport system, the bus and train systems are easy to navigate and fairly priced too - a great way to see more of your destination.

So we took a train to Fuerengirola and then a bus to Mijas which winds around some lovely steep mountainy roads so shut your eyes if you scare easy, ok?

The road to Mijas
You arrive into an aforementioned quaint little square right next to the Tourist Information office and the donkey stand where you can take a donkey tour around.

I chose to ignore the donkeys as they were tethered in such a way that meant they were facing the wall which looked cruel to me so I chose to opt out of a donkey ride. (I'd also eaten a LOT of tapas on holiday so I thought I'd spare the donkey's back).

If you head to the Tourist Information office, a nice lady will give you a map of the town for free with all the points of interest. It looks like this:

It's not a big place and it's so lovely to stroll around, so get moving on foot and try and find all the points on the map. We only skipped the highest one as we could see it from the distance which seemed good enough :)

Here's some photos from Mijas:

Have I tempted you to get up off your sunbed yet and explore more of the Costa Del Sol?

Should I mention I had some of the best tapas of my life in Mijas and I kick myself now for not taking note of the restaurant name, you'll just have to go there and find it for yourself - deal?