Views and history / Vistas y historia

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

MIJAS PUEBLO IS A TYPICAL Andalusian pueblo blanco [white village]. They’re called pueblos blancos because the houses and buildings are all traditionally white washed. The village dates back to Roman times and was called Tarnisa until it was captured by the Moors in 714 AD when the name was changed to Mixa.

More than 700 years later, in 1487, the town was captured by Christian troops and the name was changed to Mijas. It was an excellent strategic location being 428 meters (1,404 feet) above sea level. Although most of the fortress was destroyed by the Christians, much of the defensive wall still exists and you can hike it. Part of it is now bordered by beautiful botanic gardens with ceramic tile identification “tags”.

As I mentioned before, although it’s tragic to see how many businesses have permanently shuttered and how many others haven’t yet reopened, it’s a great time to experience the beauty and history of the village. And to shop at Spanish Ceramic Paradise ( Did I mention they ship internationally? Order four pieces and shipping is free! And, no, I’m not on their payroll; I just love the place.

Check out our new vase, today’s final photo. I hope to hang the plates today. I’m charging my drill at this very moment.


MIJAS PUEBLO ES UN TÍPICO pueblo blanco andaluz. Se les llama pueblos blancos porque las casas y los edificios son todos tradicionalmente encalados. El pueblo se remonta a la época romana y se llamó Tarnisa hasta que fue capturado por los moros en el 714 d.C. cuando el nombre se cambió a Mixa.

Más de 700 años después, en 1487, la villa fue capturada por tropas cristianas y se cambió el nombre a Mijas. Era una excelente ubicación estratégica con 428 metros (1,404 pies) sobre el nivel del mar. Aunque la mayor parte de la fortaleza fue destruida por los cristianos, gran parte de la muralla defensiva todavía existe y se puede caminar. Parte de ella ahora está bordeada por hermosos jardines botánicos con “etiquetas” de identificación de baldosas de cerámica.

Como mencioné antes, aunque es trágico ver cuántas empresas han cerrado permanentemente y cuántas otras aún no han reabierto, es un buen momento para experimentar la belleza y la historia del pueblo. Y comprar en Spanish Ceramic Paradise ( ¿Mencioné que envían internacionalmente? ¡Ordene cuatro piezas y el envío es gratis! Y no, no estoy en su nómina; Me encanta el lugar.

Echa un vistazo a nuestro nuevo jarrón, la foto final de hoy. Espero colgar los platos hoy. Estoy cargando mi taladro en este mismo momento.

• Bullring at the top of the street.
• Plaza de toros en lo alto de la calle.
• Do you see my profile in the shadows?
• Ves mi perfil en las sombras?
• Church of the Immaculate Conception, completed in 1631.
• Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, completado en 1631.
• Bullring.
• Plaza de Toros.
• Church of San Sebastian, 1674.
• Iglesia de San Sebastian, 1674.
• Old Town Hall. Now Casa Museo, the folk museum of Mijas Pueblo. Sculptures of Hercules flanking door were created by French sculptor T. Sporrer in 1916.
• Original Ayuntamiento. Ahora Casa Museo, historico y etnológico. Las esculturas de Hércules que flanquean la puerta fueron creadas por el escultor francés T. Sporrer en 1916.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

34 thoughts on “Views and history / Vistas y historia”

  1. Wow, more reasons to visit paradise. And talk about history, we are such a young inexperienced country

    1. Kathleen,
      I had to think for a moment! I had forgotten you’d experienced the drill for yourself! Wait until you se the plates. Ran out of time yesterday. They’re going up today.

  2. Sending me down the rabbit hole with the link to the ceramic store. Beautiful, Always wanted to visit Andalusia and your photos show me why.

    1. Mary,
      This is an absolutely beautiful and friendly región. You wouldn’t be disappointed.

      Sorry for sending you down the rabbit hole. Entering that shop is like entering a treasure cave. And the owner makes it even more fun. So kind and warm and funny.

    1. Wickedhamster,
      Yep. I’m just one enormous euphemism. (By the way, I shared my drill with Pedro and Kathleen, and they loved it.)

  3. I haven’t been this enthralled with a place since Buenos Aires!!!! I love the whole feel of the place there and looks like lots of walking to be had. And don’t tell me the ceramics place ships internationally?!?!?!?!?! I love ceramics and will be in trouble….I MAY have to have a look see……..

    1. Mistress Borghese,
      There are some really stunning and fun white villages that you’d fall in love with.

      And free shipping if you order four pieces. Have fun. And tell them we sent you —- which will simply make them smile. And, just imagine, you could design your own for a custom order!

  4. I love the tour. I don’t know which I like better, the white buildings or the more rustic exposed rock walls.
    Perhaps I should buy the Church of the Immaculate Conception that has both and live there?

    1. Bob,
      I like the mix, too. I want to see your renovation of the Church of the Immaculate Contraption! It’s fronted by a beautiful park with three large, round, mosaic fountains. Gorgeous! (They’re all turned of d right now, but you can turn them back on.) Carlozzo would love it here. No snakes.

  5. nice floor vase! and I love exploring villages like this for the architectural beauty/construction methods. “the shadow knows…”

    1. Anne Marie,
      Right now, I could go back up the mountain every day. It’s like therapy. Yeah, the shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, sadly.

    1. Deedles,
      Oh, we loved Old Town San Diego. Great shopping. And Casa de Bandini!!! We’re you there in the years 1993-1998? I like to imagine our paths crossing!

      1. No. We moved in July of ’93. You two I would’ve noticed. Casa de Bandini *sigh*. I had my very first, and second and third…..32 ounce margarita there. I don’t quite remember the food because the margarita came first. Loved the place.

      2. Deedles:
        We arrived in March ’93. I split a fifth of tequila with a roommates girlfried when I was 20. It took probably 20 years before the smell stopped making me sick. A great Mexican restaurant in Sevilla serves complementary mini-margaritas after dinner. And I actually enjoy those. We started off in La Jolla (in an apartment owned by the university). Lived there briefly before moving to Upas Street (IN Florida Canyon). Then a house in South Park. We LOVED it.

    1. Debra,
      Sadly, there is still traditional bullfighting in Spain. Some regions tried to ban it since we’ve been here, but the central government, which was led by the conservatives at the time, overrode the bans. Other regions have found ways around that and have banned it again. Andalucía lags behind other areas in that, so it could be a long time before it’s ended here.

  6. Beautiful scenery, and nice vase! Do they still have bullfights in the bullring at Mijas? When I went to Spain I specifically avoided both bullfighting and Flamenco dancing! LOL

    1. Steve,
      Debra asked the same question. I’ll just cut and paste my response: Sadly, there is still traditional bullfighting in Spain. Some regions tried to ban it since we’ve been here, but the central government, which was led by the conservatives at the time, overrode the bans. Other regions have found ways around that and have banned it again. Andalucía lags behind other areas in that, so it could be a long time before it’s ended here.

      I will NOT go to a bullfight. Will go to flamenco if I know it’s not trashy tourist flamenco.

    1. Jim,
      So much more history there. Simply beautiful. Even a mayor who hid out from the Franco regime for 30 years.

  7. What a picturesque village — if the roofs were blue, you could be on a Greek Island! Kinda sad to see the streets so empty of people though, or was there a bullfight on?

    1. Tundra,
      It’s wonderful how completely different it looks in Greece with the blue tile roofs. No bullfights right now (although it’s the season) or the streets would probably be filled.

    1. Wilma,
      One thing about the empty streets is you can really appreciate the architecture and views.

  8. I’m tempted to shop for ceramics. Businesses have closed and it’s sad, but maybe new and interesting places will rise from the ashes.


    1. Janie,
      I’m sure the great shops and restaurants will appear again. Just a shame so many people have lost their livelihoods and will have to start over.

    1. Walt the Fourth,
      The weather has been beautiful. Even some magical foggy mornings that turn int9 clear and sunny afternoons. I think you would love the pueblos blancos.

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