Costa del Sol white village trip, Malaga, Spain

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You can either start this Costa del Sol white village trip from Marbella or from Fuengirola … so, this time we’ll start from Fuengirola and take the road leading us right up to the picturesque village of Mijas.

Best place to park is the rather swank car park next to the rather swank Town Hall in the village centre. From here turn left past the Mijas donkeys (if the kids will let you) and on towards the tiny, cave-like church of the Virgin de la Peña … in the chapel you’ll notice lots of prayer beads hanging and these have been left here in gratitude for prayers answered.

This area is also a great viewing point to take in a huge chunk of the Costa del Sol coastline and on a clear day, even Africa … so, don’t forget the camera.

Try to avoid Mijas on Tuesdays … it’s absolutely heaving with tour buses then having come up from Fuengirola market. Wednesday is good … as there is a free Flamenco show in the main square.

The Mijas Museum is not-to-be-missed … for if there is anything that brings home how far the Costa del Sol has come in the last fifty years … this is it ! One of the most fascinating parts of the Museum is the reproduction of a Mijas village house … it is hard to believe that this is how the locals lived just a relatively short time ago !

Costa del Sol white village trip, Malaga, Spain
And now … how about some wine tasting ? This is just the place. The Costa del Sol is famous for its Malaga Wines and has one of Spains best white wines – Barbadillo If you haven´t had this one before ask for a tasting. You´ll like it ! As you come out of the Museum, turn onto San Sebastian street. Pass by another little chapel … and on your right you’ll find the Mijas Wine Museum which is set in a charming 18th century building. Apart from over 100 wines on offer there are also unusual wine accessories and ceramics on sale.

After your wine-tasting take a walk up to 100 year old Mijas bullring … or if you are not into bullrings … let’s simply set off on the next leg of our trip … leaving Mijas, direction Alhaurin and Malaga … carry straight on until you’re at the Los Morenos (a country inn) roundabout … and follow the signs for Coin. This road takes you past olive groves and pine forests and quite quickly you’ll arrive at the A355 turn-off to Marbella.

On the right you’ll see the white village of Monda, dominated by Monda Castle which is now a luxury hotel. This is also worth a visit but it will have to wait … today we’re heading for another gem… a nature lovers’ paradise …set in beautiful parkland and a little further on down the road. Just after the picnic areas on the right you’ll see the signs to …

the ´Refugio de Juanar`. This is similar to a Spanish State Parador but smaller and more welcoming … rather like someone’s` private hunting lodge … big, log fires in the winter and shady terraces in the summer. The menus are very countrified too with game, venison and rabbit served up most days. You are 15 kilometres and a thousand miles from the Costa de Sol.

Well, sorry to say that’s it for the day … it’s time to return to the hustle and bustle of the coast … to drag yourself away from this little piece of heaven … until the next time !