THERE are a string of great hiking trails that set off right from the village.
The self-guided trail network – which is graded by levels of difficulty – offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the natural environment of the area through a series of marked routes that cross the southern slopes of the Sierra de Mijas.
Most start from the Mirador de Mijas Pueblo and throughout the walk panels provide information on different aspects of nature and local culture.
The best time of the year for walking is from mid-September through to mid-June, and January, in particular, is fantastic when walkers are treated to usually clear blue skies and the slopes’ almond trees in blossom.
For flower lovers, Spring is a great time to go as the mountains are in full bloom with wild poppies, lavender and other flower species.
A popular hike is to the top of the so-called ‘masts mountain’, easily seen from Mijas with the antenna towers marking the peak.
Once at the top walkers are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views, which stretch for miles inland and across the sea to Morocco.
It’s advised that walkers wear proper footwear and carry sufficient water with them at all times.