The temperatures may be dropping (slowly), the beaches may be emptying (gradually), the roads clearing and the summer tourists departing, but that does not mean that Mijas’ calendar of events and activities is growing any quieter. In fact, as summer comes to an end, the local social scene in Mijas springs into life with excursions, trips and entertainment organised by the town hall for the beautiful autumn season in Mijas.
Once the temperatures have dropped to autumnal levels the tourism department sets about organising outdoors events for the whole family to enjoy. Amongst these are the walking route excursions, which are perfect to undertake at this time of year when it is not too hot and you can truly enjoy the beauty of the season’s colours and light in the countryside.
Boasting 147 square kilometres of land in total, the Mijas area offers many possibilities for enjoying its natural heritage, ecology and folklore, which are numerous and varied. Each organised walking route has been intricately planned to take in the area’s natural and historical diversity.
The guides that lead these interesting walks have knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and are keen to explain, explore and enjoy the natural environment. They offer a great deal of information on the Mijas vicinity, its history, origins, architecture and ancient traditions, so that you can gain a great insight into this enchanting part of the Costa del Sol whilst enjoying its stunning scenery.
The first walk of the season, the ‘Sendero Cruz de la Misión’ excursion covers the historic part of Mijas village and takes in some of the most breathtakingly panoramic views of the municipality and sights as far as Benalmádena, Fuengirola and even Marbella. The route also crosses part of the old Barío Santana quarry, where you will discover Mijas’ history of marble mining.
Another trip, ‘La Ruta de la Muralla,’ is a three hour-long walk that covers the area of La Atalaya. According to archaeological remains that have been found here during recent excavation works, this may have been the site where Mijas first began and is thus full of surprises and evidence of a far and distant past.
The walk of ‘Puerto de las Canteras’ takes more experienced walkers around the remains of the mines that operated in the Sierra de Mijas for decades. This nine kilometre-walk takes almost five hours, during which time you gain fascinating information on the area whilst absorbing the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Autumn is also a wonderful time for walks in the wild and for observing the local wildlife in its natural habitat, whilst delighting in the golden sunlight and amber and chestnut-coloured leaves, so whether its history, culture, exercise or nature you’re keen on, this is the ideal time to embark upon an adventure!
To take part in these walks you should apply to the tourist department in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 952 509 034.