The Mountainside Village of Mijas

Story: The Mountainside Village of Mijas
Episode: 6
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 19th February 2023

Join Trevor as he explores the picturesque mountain village of Mijas, a tranquil oasis steeped in the rich history of ancient civilizations, showcasing the timeless beauty and allure of the classic white Andalusian village.

  • Located 30km from Malaga, the charming village of Mijas is situated in the mountains and maintains the traditional allure of the white Andalusian villages.
  • Positioned at an elevation of 1,400 feet above sea level, it has earned the moniker “Mirador of the Costa del Sol” or “Viewpoint of the Costa del Sol."
  • The origins of Mijas can be traced back to prehistoric times when the Tartessians, an ancient civilization in southern Spain, founded the village around 4 to 5 BC.
  • The fortification built by the Tartessians still remains visible on parts of the city's exterior walls.
  • Mijas was later discovered by the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians due to the area's mineral wealth, followed by the Romans. Evidence of prehistoric occupation still exists around the perimeter walls of the city.
  • Despite its rich history, Mijas has maintained the charming characteristics of a traditional Andalusian Pueblo Blanco, or "white village".
  • The village's narrow, winding lanes are lined with sugar cube-like houses, adorned with touches of wrought iron, bougainvillea, and jasmine. The stunning view of the ocean from this village is truly magnificent.
  • Mijas is comprised of three urban centres: Mijas Pueblo, nestled at the base of the Sierra Mountains at an altitude of 430 meters, Las Lagunas, the modern area of the town located along Fuengirola, and La Cala, positioned on the seafront with over 12km of coastline.
  • Ascend to the scenic viewpoint at El Compas and explore the lavishly decorated interior of the 17th-century Chapel of the Virgin of the Rock.

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