The town's location alone continues to draw visitors, even if much of the town's original charm has been erased by tourism. The overgrown village clings to the side of a mountain. The easiest way to get around the cobblestone streets is to rent a burro taxi. Its whitewashed houses make it look like a stack of sugar cubes set against the mountain, which is heavy with pine trees. From many points in Mijas, there are lookout points. On a clear day you can see across the Mediterranean to the Rif Mountains in Morocco. The best place for a view is cuesta de la villa (slope of the town).

The most delightful church is Iglesia Parroquial de la Inmaculada Concepción (Church of the Immaculate Conception), found at Plaza Constitución, site of Plaza de Toros (the bullring). The church is not rich in treasures, but it has a beautiful terrace and gardens, from which you can enjoy panoramic views.

Many Costa del Sol visitors come here to watch corridas taking place at Plaza de Toros, Plaza Constitución (tel. 95-248-52-48), the country's only square bullring (bullsquare?) at the old village plaza. Most bullfights take place year-round on Sunday at 5:30pm, with seats selling for between 50€ and 95€ ($80-$152) each. If you just want to check out the bullring itself, you can visit its premises between May and September every day 10am to 10pm for a fee of 3€ ($4.80). The bullring is closed for casual visits between October and April.

To show how corny Mijas has become in its man-made attractions, it even has a museum of curiosities, Carromato de Max, Avenida del Compás (no phone; daily 11:30am-12:30pm and 5-8pm; admission 3€/$4.80). Inside, you can gaze upon Leonardo's The Last Supper painted on a grain of rice, Abraham Lincoln painted on a pinhead, the shrunken head of a white man retrieved from South American Indians, and even fleas wearing clothes.

If Mijas is too overrun with souvenir shops for your taste, head for the park at the top of Cuesta de la Villa, where you'll see the ruins of a Moorish fortress dating from 833.

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