Sightseeing in Costa del Sol

August 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm 1 comment

Today’s pueblo: Mijas

Surface Area: 147 sqm
Population: aprox. 70,500

This municipality, like others in the province of Málaga, has three centres of population. In this case they are Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and Cala de Mijas. The first of these is a classic whitewashed Andalusian village of Moorish origin that contains the monuments and the administrative centre. Most of the municipal services and part of the building developments are in Las Lagunas while Cala de Mijas, squarely within the coastal zone, is completely given over to residential and beach tourism.

How to Get There

You must take the Mediterranean Expressway (AP-7; N-340) from the Costa del Sol. If you leave Málaga going towards Cádiz once you are past Benalmádena you must take the A-368 (the signs are very clear) to Mijas.

Sights: The ermita de la Virgen de la Peña (Virgin of the Rock hermitage) is not remarkable for its artistic merit but it is the place where the patron saint of the locality is venerated and therefore a centre of devotion in the village. It was carved out of the rock by Mercedarian friars in the seventeenth century. Tradition has it that the image of this Virgin was found in the walls of the ancient castle in the last third of the sixteenth century, where it had been hidden eight centuries earlier so that it would not fall into the hands of the Muslims.

The iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción (Inmaculada Concepción church) is from the sixteenth century. It was built on an esplanade of a hill where first stood a castle and later a mosque. The interior is divided into three naves, and the central one still has its Mudéjar coffered ceiling. In the opinion of some writers the square tower well may be from the ancient fortress.

The original Plaza de Toros (Bullring) breaks with all the archaeological canons that customarily apply in this type of construction. It is in the area of La Muralla, over the rock, and has an oval ring and quadrangular exterior. There are ceramics on its walls commemorating the fights of some of the best matadors to have performed there, such as Paquirri, Palomo Linares, Niño de la Capea and Angel Teruel. It was built in 1900.

Source: http://www.visitcostadelsol.com

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