Mijas is a fantastic choice for visitors looking to amble through a pretty Spanish village with a real sense of history and traditional Andalusian character. It's an ideal spot for those keen to take a break from the golden sands and sparkling clear waters of the Costa del Sol which are somewhat dominated by mass tourism. A popular day trip destination, Mijas is easily reached by bus, and offers visitors the chance to wander through narrow streets lined with white-washed buildings and historic sights. Archaeological finds reveal the town's foundation by the Tartessians, interactions with the Ancient Greeks and Phoenicians, Roman and Visigoth influence, and Moorish rule. Mijas also has its share of history from the Spanish Civil War. Once a tiny place, Mijas is growing in size and popularity and now boasts wonderful cafes, restaurants, and bars, and is an ideal shopping destination for those looking to pick up a few Spanish souvenirs for their loved ones back home.