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Mijas has the Spanish culture and traditions we´ve all come to love and expect from this great country, but in one place. What you have here is a fabulous mix of old traditions and new pastimes that can be enjoyed in the Mijas area, and particularly Mijas Pueblo.
The auditorium in Mijas Pueblo is located between the bullring and the beautiful gardens on Paseo de la Muralla. It was inaugurated on the 4th July 1971 but has recently been renamed in order to acknowledge the enormous work carried out by Miguel Gonzalez Berral, who was Mayor of Mijas between 1959 and 1979.
It was Snr. Berral who managed to bring mains water and sanitation to the village, as well as building the cemetary, football stadium, municipal market, and his biggest achievement for the village was the building the road infastructure which linked the inhabitants to Fuengirola, Coin and Benalmadena.
The auditorium is used for many displays of Spanish culture including concerts, plays and flamenco dance shows throughout the year by various organisations in the area.
The bullfighting museum in Mijas Pueblo is at the entrance to the bullring on Calle Cuesta de la Villa (just through the large gates shown in the picture of the bullring below). There were two bullfighting museums a few years ago, many of you may have seen the entrance pictured below, but time has taken it´s toll and this second museum has now closed.
Whether you like, or loath the idea of bullfighting you probably can´t help but appreciate that this was once a big part of Spanish culture. It would eventually be lost into history books if it weren´t for museums like the one here in Mijas.
As the world changes and these kinds of sport are stopped then generations to come will be able to enjoy the museums for what they are - a chance to see the elaborate costumes and regalia once used by the Spanish matadors.
The bullring in Mijas can be found in the upper part of the village, on Calle Cuesta de la Villa and dates back to 1900. This particular bullring is quite unique because of the limited area they had to build it in, it´s actually oval rather than the usual circle shape.
Since the first event took place there have been hundreds, if not thousands of bullfighting displays. It´s still used for bullfighting most Sundays during the summer months, with posters around the Mijas area advertising the dates, times and costs.
Bullfighting in Spain does seems to be diminishing, changing Spanish culture, but it´s still a very important part of the culture of Mijas and Andalusia.
The iconic donkey taxis of Mijas have been in business since the 1960´s, and are famous around the world. With a uniform of bright coloured harnesses and saddle pads (we´re not quite sure what they´re really called), they can be found near the entrance to the multi-storey car-park and the Mijas Tourist Office.
There are around 60 donkeys who all seem to be well cared for, with shelter, water, and a rota system allowing each donkey a rest in the specially constructed area below street level. You can either ride in one of the carriages, or sit on top for a more authentic ride.
This museum, also known as CAC Mijas, was opened in November 2013 at Calle Malaga 28, Mijas Pueblo and is managed by the Remedios Medina Foundation. It currently displays important works from artists such as Dali, Braque and Picasso, and has the second most important collection in the world of pottery by Picasso.
There are three rooms on two floors. The room on the ground floor houses the permanent exhibition of the Picasso ceramics, and the two rooms on the first floor will hold temporary exhibitions which are likely to change three times a year showing different works of art held by the foundation.
The Foundation have also very wisely included works by the Japanese artist Foujita in their displays. With tourists from Japan and Asia arriving into the village in huge numbers, this inclusion in the gallery is a very sensible move.
Another huge part of Spanish culture is, of course, Flamenco dancing. It´s origins go back to a form of Spanish folk music and dance from this region of Andalucia. It continues to be a very strong part of the local culture here in Mijas, with children still being taught from a very young age.
They hold displays for all age groups in the Amphitheatre near the bullring, with the largest of these events taking place in June. If you get the chance it´s well worth a visit to see the concentration and passion on the faces of the young children as they try to emulate their parents and teachers. Plus, of course, you´ll get to see some beautiful dresses.
You´ll also find free performances of Flamenco dancing taking place every Wednesday in the bandstand opposite the Town Hall (pictured above) and during the summer in Plaza de la Constitucion on Saturday. Both start at 12.00 and give you a great chance to see a varied display of the different types of Flamenco.
This particular museum is also known as an ethnographic museum. For those of you, like us, who don´t know what that means the Oxford Dictionary states it is "The scientific description of peoples and cultures with their customs, habits, and mutual differences".
It´s based in what used to be the old town hall, now called Casa Museo on Calle Malaga, and has been open since 1995. It takes you back in time, explains the Spanish culture of Mijas Pueblo when it was still a tiny community surviving on agriculture. It shows you some of the traditional baskets and handicrafts made in and around the village that have now become popular tourist purchases.
There are also some great photos of the village. As a resident, it´s hard to believe it was once such a small village!
The Historical Archive (Archivo Historico) can be found on Aveneda de Mejico, one of the main streets running through the village. People are able to access these historical documents in the consultation hall within the building. These´s also a library specialising in Mijas history along with historical maps, and a display area showing some of the more interesting documents.
The Historical Archive of Mijas holds a huge number of documents, some of which date back as far as 1507. These documents are a testimony to the complex history of a changing Spanish culture and conserve the memory of the village and the inhabitants for future generations.
The documents aren´t just official records however, they also have old fair posters, magazines and price lists. These probably give us a better understanding of how things have changed than the official papers, but as a whole offer a fascinating look back through time.
This is probably one of the most eye-catching museums in Mijas from the outside. It´s an old railway carriage, painted bright yellow, and is located on Aveneda del Compas at the top of the hill overlooking the main square of Plaza Vergin de la Peña. Although it´s not just Spanish culture on show, it does show some little gems from around the world.
It opened in 1972 by the family of Professor Max, a magician called Juan Elegido Millan who started this collection many years ago. In 2012 it was taken over by the town hall with all proceeds going to AFESOL, a charity for the families of people with severe mental illnesses.
Inside you´ll find a fascinating display of miniatures including a copy of ´Da Vincis´The Last Supper painted on a grain of rice, and three dried fleas meticulously dressed up as a family! There´s also a large number of tiny paintings by artist David Reyes from Cordoba, who had visited the museum as a child and wanted to contribute. These include ´The Titanic´on a grain of rice and a bullfight painted on the head of a pin.
The Mijas Wine Museum (Museo del Vino de Mijas) can be found on one of the most photographed streets in Mijas Pueblo, Calle San Sabastian. It shows the importance that Mijas once had as a major wine producing area, with vineyards lining the coast from Malaga to Mijas back in the 1900´s.
There are still some very successful vineyards in the area producing the ever popular Malaga sweet-wines from the Muscatel and Pedro Ximenez grapes. It´s a great place to do some tasting - delicious!
A massive part of Spanish culture is the sitting with friends, a bottle or three of wine and selected tapas, and whiling away an afternoon or evening. The wine museum is a great place to do just that. There´s a wide assortment of wines, a beautiful patio outside for those warm, sunny days and a great atmosphere.