One-day trip (Malaga): what to see in Mijas in one day

16 Jun
Last update: 14 April, 2023

Discover what to do and what to see in Mijas in one day, and fall in love with this white village in a matter of seconds!

Mijas is known as one of the most picturesque White Villages in Andalucia. You are in the right place to choose what to see in Mijas in one day!

Despite being known as Mijas Pueblo, the Spanish for “The Village of Mijas”, Mijas is the third most inhabited town of the province of Malaga. In fact, the almost 80.000 inhabitants live in the city centre, on the coast of Mijas (also known as Las Lagunas), which is the nearest part of the town of Fuengirola, and the coastal area of La Cala.

Located on a mountain at 430 meters above sea level, it provides visitors with overwhelming views over the mountains of the Sierra de Mijas, as well as a spectacular panoramic view over the coast and the Mediterranean Sea. We bet this is the place where you want to spend your well-deserved holidays, isn’t it?

The legend of the Virgin de la Peña, to discover in Mijas in one day

Virgin de la Peña, what to see in Mijas in one day

As the first step of your day in Mijas, stop by the pilgrimage church Santuario de la Virgen de la Peña, one of the monuments you must see if you are in Mijas in one day. Here, the Virgin is said to have appeared to two children, led here by a dove in 1586. On September 8th, the image of the Virgin is carried in a procession up to the Ermita del Calvario, 2 km far from the Church.

The best moment to visit this 16th-century church built into a rock is in the morning. In fact, during sunrise, the sun rays will accompany you through your visit, and enable you to enjoy incredible views over the coastline close to Mijas and Fuengirola.  

Visit the peculiarities of Mijas in one day

Narrow white street of Mijas

Proceed to visit the narrow white streets that wind up this mountainous village. As they are decorated with hand-painted flowerpots, colourful porcelain plates and exotic plants, they provide a true Andalusian atmosphere, making Mijas one of the most famous White Villages of Andalucia.

The Plaza de Toros and the Muralla of Mijas

Bullring of Mijas

While approaching the highest point of Mijas, stop by its peculiar Plaza de Toros. This oval-shaped bullring, among the most picturesque of Andalucia, is carved in the rock that stands out on the top of the village. It was built in 1900, thanks to the petitions of some inhabitants of Mijas.

Opening hours of the Plaza de Toros in Mijas:

  • Winter: Monday to Sunday: 10:30 am – 7 pm
  • Summer:   
    • Monday to Friday: 11 am – 9 pm  
    • Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am – 7 pm

Price: €4

As the last stage of your visit of Mijas in one day, reach the Paseo de la Muralla, the spectacular viewing promenade of Mijas Pueblo. The name “Muralla” refers to the ancient Arab fortress that used to dominate the surrounding area, and which is now one of the most picturesque Miradores of the South of Andalucia.

Paseo de la Muralla in Mijas

Here you will be overwhelmed by the majestic atmosphere created by the surrounding nature. You will find out an amazing variety of wildlife that lives here, thanks to some fantastic botanic routes in a dreamy environment!

Fun fact: the rock of the walls is used as a climbing spot for lovers of this art, so it is no surprise to see some of them climbing towards you!

The overwhelming surroundings of Mijas

The village of Mijas lies in the Sierra de Mijas, one of the best spots to go hiking in Andalucia. In fact, it offers many interesting hiking routes, together with bicycle promenades, especially in winter. But don’t worry, Mijas can be lived in summer too, as watersports activities are being offered in the coastal areas around the town.

Tourist Office of Mijas


2A, Avenida Virgen de la Peña
Monday to Friday
– November to March: 9 am – 6 pm
– April to June: 9 am – 7 pm
– July to October: 9 am – 8 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10 am – 2 pm

Tourist office of Mijas

How can I get to Mijas?

Mijas is easily accessible through public transport from various towns of the province, especially from the West Costa del Sol.

The closest train station is in Fuengirola, and it connects with Malaga, Torremolinos and Benalmadena, among others. Renfe offers daily routes, about every 20 minutes.

From Fuengirola, you can reach Mijas Pueblo thanks to a bus service. You will find the bus station a few meters away from the train station of Fuengirola. Buses leave from here and stop in some very picturesque towns, the final stage being Mijas’ city centre. It will take you no more than an hour and a half to get here from Malaga.

Alternatively, you can reach the village of Mijas by car. The A7 connects Mijas with Malaga and its airport, for which it can be easily reached from almost every point of Andalucia.

Moreover, a free shuttle service has been created to take tourists from the parking area on the outskirts of Mijas to the town’s city centre. This service is available from June 15th to September 15th, from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to midnight.

Free shuttle service in Mijas

Places to stay in Mijas

Lastly, if you want to spend more than a day wandering in Mijas and along its coast, don’t miss the opportunity to check the best holiday homes in Mijas. Keep living the dream in one of the best accommodation you can find in Andalucia!

Reading about what to do and what to see in Mijas in one day is sure to have made you fall in love with this wonderful white village!

Did you like this article? Have you ever been to Mijas, or to any of the White Villages in the province of Malaga? Tell us about it!

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  • the info about the Virgen de la Pena is not correct The Virgen is paraded round the town from the parochial church to the Virgen de la Pena church in the village on Sept.8th not up 2km to the Caviero. Please visit at Feria time if you like it lively.