Mijas

Mijas
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The municipality stretches from the Sierra de Mijas to the sea, in a landscape of rolling hills and dotted with houses.
The village, with an appearance typical of the Arabic era, extends through the side of the mountain as if it were a balcony, with its white houses in contrast with the green of pine tree,s offering a high plasticity image and one of the most beautiful postcards of the coast.
Within the village there are places of special interest, such as the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Peña, the Bullring, or the complex formed by the Church of the Conception, the Auditorium and the Gardens annexes.
On the coast, it highlights the Calaburras beach, and all the elements of the sun and beach offer.

History

The rich mineral deposits in the surrounding area attracted the Phoenicians and Greeks.

Roman Age. During this period, it enjoyed economic prosperity due to the export of marble from the quarry in the Sierra de Mijas and to its proximity to the road that linked Malaga and Cadiz.

In 714, the village was affected by the Arab conquest of the peninsula; a pact made with Abdalaziz, son of the Moslem leader Muza, allowed its Hispano-Gothic inhabitants to conserve their customs and religion in return for the payment of a tribute.

Records tell us that in the 9th and 10th centuries, the people of Mijas supported the rebellion led by Omar Ben Hafsun agaibst the Caliphate of Cordoba, with some even joining the ranks of the rebel army.

While part of the Nazari kingdom of Granada, its inhabitants offered stiff resistance to the attempts to capture the village made by the Catholic Monarchs, refusing to surrender until the fall of Malaga (19 August 1487). Such fierce opposition to the Christian troops brought cruel reprisals, and a number of the Moslem defenders were put to the sword, though the majority were sold as slaves.

In 1494, the village was repopulated by Old Christians, and its houses and land were shared out among them.

In return for its support of Emperor Charles V in the War of the Communities, the village was declared exempt from sales tax and granted independent village status in 1521.

On 2 December 1831, General Torrijos and 52 men came ashore on El Charcon Beach in an attempt to instigate a rebellion against the absolutist régime of King Ferdinand VII; they crossed the Sierra de Mijas and took refuge in a location known as "La Alqueria" in Alhaurin de la Torre, where they were taken prisoner by the governor of Malaga's troops and shot on the beach at San Andres on 11 December 1831.

Mijas
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Mijas
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Mijas
Tourist area
Distance to the capital (km)
30
Altitude above sea level (m)
428
Extension (Km 2 )
148
No. of Inhabitants
70437
Demonym
Mijeños
Postal Code
296xx
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