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About 30 minutes drive, Mijas is one of the finest examples of the "white villages". It is still has much of its charm with its little whitewashed houses perched on the hillside. The village has still managed to retain some of its quaint traditions, one of the most unusual being the donkey-taxis which line the central plaza. Mijas is a typical Andaluz village, perched high above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa with spectacular views of the coast and surrounding heavily wooded mountains.

Mijas is a web of narrow cobbled streets complete with terraces overflowing with geraniums, red tile roofs, archways and, of course, the occasional chirruping canary. Like Ronda, the village dates back to distant time and there are two Mudejar churches here to prove it, as well as the sanctuary of the patron saint of Mijas, from the year 850.

There is a thriving arts and crafts movement in Mijas, particularly linen and wicker items and the locally made bread and honey is definitely worth trying. There are many small craft shops selling leather work, pottery and other traditional wares. Mijas


About an hour inland from the Costa del Sol, the stunning town of Ronda straddles the 100m-deep (328ft) El Tajo gorge, with the old Muslim town (La Ciudad) and the newer town (El Mercadillo) connected by three bridges. One of them, the magnificent Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), is 200 years old. The steep cliffs and views of the stunning Serranía de Ronda make for a striking setting, and the historic town attracts many day-trippers from the coast. Ronda
Ronda There's a lot to see within Ronda. Visitors can act macho in one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, Plaza de Toros (opened in 1785), and check out red flags and costumes in the Museo Taurino. The Palacio de Mondragón, once home to Fernando and Isabel, has a superb Islamic courtyard with cliff top garden. Those feeling energetic can climb down La Mina, 200 steps cut into the side of the cliff (don't forget - you have to come up again).