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The following day the girls wanted to sleep long - and that is not something that I am very good at. I took the car and headed up in the mountains just in the back of Benalmadena. My goal was to see if I could drive all the way up the top where I had spotted som antennas, usually this means that there is a road all the way up.
Driving aroung in these touristic areals is almost a nightmare if you have a goal. These areal are developing so fast and the roads a typically build by the entrepreneur who are building the houses - this means that all the roads are one way.
I was driving and driving - and I didn't get closer to my goal. Finally I found the city of Mijas which turned out be alright though very touristic - I have said that before about this coast a couple of times:D.
After that slow trip in the city I spotted a restaurant viewing over the city - where it looked like I could have a perfect view over the coast - and a small lunch.
Mijas is kept as a touristic prototype of an ancient typical Andaluz village full of little white houses and narrow cobbled streets complete with terraces overflowing with geraniums, red tile roofs and archways. The area of Mijas is mostly mountainous with growing developments on the way up the mountain and on the gentler parts of the mountains slopes before they plung into the sea. The Pasadas and Ojen rivers cross this area. The Municipality, one of the largest in the Province of Malaga, is divided into three urban areas: Mijas, Las Lagunas and La Cala.
The rich mineral deposits in the surrounding area attracted the Phoenicians and Greeks. During the Roman period, it enjoyed economic prosperity due to the export of marble. In 714, the village was affected by the Arab conquest of the peninsula. In the 9th and 10th centuries, the people of Mijas supported the rebellion led by Omar Ben Hafsun against the Caliphate of Cordoba, with some even joining the ranks of the rebel army. In 1494, the village was repopulated by Old Christians, and its houses and land were shared out amongst them. In return for its support of Emperor Charles V the village was declared exempt from sales tax. Later on the crown granted Mijas another title of 'Very Loyal'.