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What to see in Mijas

What to see and do in Mijas

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The Old Town. There are several things to see and to do when touring Mijas village. The Plaza de Toros, the bullring, for example, is different from most of the others in Spain because it has a rectangular shape rather than oval. The Grotto of the Virgen de la Peña, a space carved in the rock beside the castle walls where the Virgin de la Peña chapel is situated. The lengend says that the Virgin appeared to two little shepherds in 1586. The lookout is worth a visit, from here there’s a path that climbs vertically on the side of the mountain, and is the procession route that takes place every year on the 8th of September. If you don’t like to walk, you can hitch a ride on a donkey taxi, the traditional taxi of Mijas.

The House Museum. It was created by Carmen Escalona, an expert in folk-style models. Through these models she illustrates Mijas crafts and the traditional way of life of the 50’s and 60’s. These models re-create for example, mills, shops or bakeries.

The Donkey Cabs. In the '60s, some workers who were returning home riding on their donkeys, were stopped and photographed by tourists who at the time were beginning to visit the area. From this episode Mijas donkeys became increasibly popular among tourists, until it was decided to use them as taxi, a tradition that continues today.

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