Mijas, one of Andalucia’s prettiest villages, is situated in the hills to the north of Fuengirola – less than a 20 minute drive from the coast but a totally different world. Here, with a backdrop of beautiful mountain scenery, the air is fresh, the panoramas are stunning and yet it is just a short drive from the bright lights and jet-setters of Marbella, Puerto Banus and the rest of Spain’s Costa del Sol.
The pace is gentle, the air scented with bougainvillaea, there’s woodsmoke and gastronomic aromas and, in Mijas village, you’ll see pretty little whitewashed houses with wrought-iron gates, flowers and plants and the locals going about their daily business. This, most definitely, is the ‘real’ Spain.
And, a huge plus, the quintessential Andalucia cities of Seville and Granada are easily reached on one of the excursions available from Mijas.