One of the jewels of the Costa del Sol is the beautiful little village of Mijas, which nestles comfortably in the mountainside at 428 meters above sea level with a population of 7500. The Village of Mijas, aptly named 'Villa Blanca', or 'white town' can be found perched high on the hillside alongside the N340 highway near Fuengirola. If there were ever a typical Spanish village worthy of a visit then this is the one.
Make your way up the winding, narrow road towards the village and see the white-washed houses arranged in tiers, clinging to the hillside. The road narrows as you enter the village that, despite its popularity with the tourists, has managed to retain its Spanish individualism and character. The town council have used the village's charm to its full and exploited its attractive character by providing for the thousands of tourists who flock here in the summer. All over the village are view-points and resting places, one of the best being the Muralla Gardens, cleverly designed so that flowers are in bloom all year round. The Plaza de la Virgen de la Pena is another such place to sit, with the bandstand in the centre.