It would be difficult to imagine a more iconic town than Mijas, it is the epitome of what we all consider to be a traditional white village. Yet this is only half of the story, the town of Mijas has two distinct halves, there is the Mijas Pueblo high up in the mountains and also Mijas Costa comprising the popular beach resorts of Cabopino, Calahonda, Miraflores and Riviera del Sol.

Mijas Pueblo is picture postcard pretty, surrounded by countryside and golf courses and it is synonymous with fiestas, festivals and the traditional donkey taxis. Every street is bursting with gift shops and restaurants and yet it has managed to retain its charming character with a good balance of the old and new.

If you’re interested in history there’s plenty to see, such as the Church of the Immaculate Conception using elements of a 17th century castle and pilgrims flock to visit the Grotto of the Virgin de la Peña where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a group of children and the most famous attraction is the Mijas Wine Museum.

During the summertime on Saturdays it’s possible to take a free guided walk through the countryside, allowing you to really soak up the beautiful surroundings. It is worth a visit for the spectacular Mediterranean views alone.