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Virgen de la Pena

Today we decided to get out of Benalmadena Costa and head to see the surrounding sites. Having heard a lot of people taking about Mijas, we decided that we would check it out. Feeling adventurous, we opted out of renting a car and decided to learn the public transportation system. Thankfully, Spain seems to have a really great public trans system, and the “leisure desk” at the resort was very helpful and provided us with bus itineraries and verbal directions (just in case!).

 

We hopped on the local bus and headed into Fuengirola to catch our connecting bus into Mijas.

Us at our picnic spot
Easy cheesy. One stop, transfer to the bus stop next to the one we were dropped at, and off into Mijas we went. Honestly, we didn’t have a clue what we were supposed to see there; all we knew was people were talking about it and said it was a great place to spend the day. When we arrived, we searched out the local tourist info place and got a map of the area.

 

Mijas is a beautiful little town. It’s a mountain-side town with white-washed homes, narrow cobbled roads, and brightly-colored flowers hanging from these nifty, little wall planters. The view of the Mediterranean is just wonderful, and it was clear enough that we could just barely see the mountains of Africa across the water.

 

We started out self-tour with the Virgen de la Peña, which is a shrine to the Virgin Mary of the Cliff (Rock?).

A Taxi
We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed the break-taking vista from the benches outside the sanctuary. Inside, the sanctuary is more like a little cave than anything, and the center-piece is a doll-sized statue of Mary. We didn’t actually spend much time in the sanctuary; it was undergoing maintenance at the time, and the sound of the construction was just terrible! The view from the sanctuary was well worth the trip though, and I always love seeing old buildings.

 

We continued through the streets of Mijas and came across the local “taxi” service. I wouldn’t normally think twice about taxis except that these were a row of donkeys. I’m sure it was just a cute tourist thing, but the donkeys were all done up in brightly colored harnesses. Most of them were snoozing in the sunshine, but a couple of them were out and about in the town. You could hear them baying (do donkeys bay? It was really more of a “hee-haw” kinda sound.) all over town.

 

The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering through the various streets, perusing the shops, taking tons of pics, and just absorbing everything we could. Mijas really is a lovely town. And I loved their hanging planters so much that I ended up getting a pair for my patio at home!

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Virgen de la Pena
Virgen de la Pena
Us at our picnic spot
Us at our picnic spot
A Taxi
A Taxi
In the streets of Mijas
In the streets of Mijas
Standing on top of the world
Standing on top of the world
Mijas
photo by: idiosyncraticJRNYS