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During the daytime the main activities are exploring the village with its old Spanish architecture and places of interest including Inmaculada church, the museum of miniatures, the Roman and Moorish ruins, the bullring, the El Compas viewpoint and shrine of the Calvario.

The nearest beach is the 6-ml stretch of sandy beach at Fuengirola, 5 mls away. The Mijas Costa beach front stretches for 8 mls but is an 8- to 16-ml drive away.

There is a weekly flamenco show, guided walks of countryside (Wed and Sat). Halfway down to Fuengirola is the tennis club owned by Lew Hoad, ex-Wimbledon champion.

Mijas is an upmarket and relatively quiet resort so don't come here expecting all night discos and karaoke bars! But you can drink and dine in the local bars and restaurants till the wee, small hours and for a wilder night out you've got the big coastal resorts only a short distance away.

In the nearby holiday towns of Malaga , Benalmadena , Torremolinos , Fuengirola and Marbella you'll everything you need for a great night out. The entertainment ranges from gay night-clubbing to traditional flamenco performances. There are discos, casinos, theatres, clubs and cinemas.

There's an excellent range of local and international cuisine in and around Mijas. The local "ventas" and tapas bars serve home-cooked fresh produce at ridiculously cheap prices.

A cheap, fun and extremely noisy place to eat is Venta Los Morenos, a pretty drive inland from the pueblo on the Mijas to Coin road. It's very Spanish and very cheap.and also very popular since a Sunday Times travel writer "discovered" it! More of a Sunday lunch place than a candle-lit dinner for two venue.

One of the oldest Spanish owned restaurants in the village is El Capricho right in the centre of Mijas. The food is excellent, the waiter service friendly and the view from the outside terrace across the square is wonderful. For a beachside meal try the first class Mijas playa restaurant at Mijas Costa. The menu is extensive with a range of top notch food and wine to suit all budgets.

For sports fans, Mijas is the perfect location for a holiday. There's a wide range of watersports available at Mijas Costa and along the coastline and for golfers.well, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven! There are nearly 60 courses in Andalucia and 30 are on the Costa del Sol.

Local excursions include the same as those listed under Torremolinos.