The setting of Mijas is spectcaular. Just a few years ago it was a farming village, but today it is one of Spain's richest towns, with nearly 75,000 residents. It's old town has become a showcase, one of the most popular visiting spots with tourists along this part of the Costa del Sol. Mijas knows how to be picturesque - and also how to conserve and increase that charm. When burros were no longer needed to bring marble and lime from the quarries down to the coast, they were not put out to pasture but converted into "taxis" for the tourist. When, a few years ago, a bullring was built, it was much more original than any circular one: it was square.
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Also located in Mijas is Byblos Andaluz, hotel-spa notable for its architecture and decor and a welcome resting place where one can enjoy the bounties of therapeutic sea bathing and some excellent sporting facilities, including an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
The Mijas fair is celebrated in honor of Our Lady the Virgin of the Rock with an ample program of culture, sport, musical and festive activities.
The celebrations start with a great procession of giants and masks and that crosses the main streets of Mijas, accompanied by bands and the queens of the Mijas, Las Lagunas and La Cala fairs, and their respective maids of honor, and it finishes with a childrens celebration in the city hall.
On the day of the Patron Saint of Mijas - 8th September - and after the traditional floral offering to the Virgin, a procession of the image of the Virgin of the Rock is made from the parochial temple to its sanctuary, accompanied by the authorities, religious brotherhoods, associations and a large public crowd.
At the arrival of the Patron Saint at its sanctuary, there's a firework display, and another one to mark the end of the Feria.
Address: Avenida Mejico, 1. 29650. Mijas (Malaga).
Phone Number: +34 952 48 60 94.
Website (in English): www.mijas.es.
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