By Gemma Wilson

ONE of the best ways to enjoy Mijas’s charms is via a free walking tour.

These tours take place every Saturday from September to May and showcase some of the beautiful rural areas that can be found around Mijas.

The tours, organised by the Mijas Foreigners Department, one of the oldest in Andalucia, are designed for the whole family and the rural guides speak English.

For an interesting way to see the pueblo meanwhile and conserve your legs, why not take a donkey taxi?

Parked outside the tourist office, visitors have the option of riding the donkey themselves or taking the donkey-cart taxi.

This is a great way to see some of the historical sights of the village as well as stopping off at the many shops throughout Mijas housing locally made jewellery, pottery and paintings by local artists.

Why not head for a free flamenco show, which takes place in the Plaza Virgen de la Pena on Wednesdays at noon.

The flamenco show is performed by the dance company ‘Artes Cordobes’ and is a great opportunity to witness the traditional Spanish dance.

Another great attraction is the bullring. Opened in 1900 it’s still in use today hosting both bullfights and horse displays but also serving as a museum.

Matador costumes are housed in glass displays with plaques lining the entrance to the ring displaying the details of the different fights that have taken place.

For a perfect way to end the day head to the Municipal Auditorium where plays, concerts and films are regularly hosted.

With most of the events targeted toward the local audience it’s a great way to immerse yourself in local culture and language.

For more information contact the Mijas tourism office on 952 58 90 34

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  1. So big, fat tourists are still breaking donkeys backs in Mijas? Poor burros. Get off and walk, you embarrassing lumps.
    Don’t care if it is an earner for the locals, even Blackpool donkeys are happier than Mijas ones.

  2. Not quite in agreement stafanjo. I feel really sad when I look at the way the donkeys are kept especially down in the roadside stables, where they appear to be kept stood up on a lead for hours on end. THAT SHOULD BE STOPPED. Where are the animal cruelty people. They wouldn’t allow dogs to be kept like that. We are in an enlightenend age so it is spurious to say they have always been like that. There appear to be far too many donkeys for the number of customers. Where I take issue is on your description and critique of the passengers. Quite often these are children and not fat adults – of which I am one. I do agree that the donkeys should not be overburdened just for the enjoyment of others. It’s a question of getting the balance right and who do you trust to do that. If they persist in keeping the donkeys in this terrible way and don’t self control then I’m all for banning them until they do comply with norms of animal welfare

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