When travelling it is important to know where you can use credit cards and where can or must you use cash. The currency in Mijas is of course the Euro.
During your holiday or even when you are planning it, you might need this useful information of Mijas. Where are the banks located, where can I exchange my currency, where do I find ATM machines and where do they accept credit cards.
Nearly all shops and restaurants accept the different credit/ debit cards such as Visa and Mastercard American Express is not yet accepted in all of them. It is wise to keep always some cash and coins with you for a coffee or beer at the local pub. Public transport also needs to be paid with cash. ATM's and cash maschines are available in all the urbanisations of Mijas and you can find them in the main shopping areas.
Bear in mind to always carry you identification with you as many shop attendance request a photo ID when paying with your credit card. Even if this one is protected with a pin code. Banks are open during the morning till 2pm (Monday to Friday). Besides the banks you also have excanges offices in the bigger shopping centers. Do take sterling pounds with you on your trip to Gibraltar!
On the markets, you can only pay with cash money. Credit cards are here (not yet) accepted. At these busy markets you need to be carefull (as in nearly any tourist location) and watch out for pick pockets. A good advise is to split your money over several pockets or purses. Should you lose or have your credit card stolen, contact your bank immediately!
A frequent asked question concers tipping. This is of course all up to you, depending what you are customed to and the type of service you received. It is common to leave in bars and restaurants a tip of 5 to 10%. During the high season you unfortunately find here people begging on the side of the street. But you also have plenty of young artists that will try to catch your attention with a song, dance or even a magnificent sand sculpture on the beach. These artists are often happy with a few coins and bring some lively animation to the town of Mijas.
If course I hope this does not happen to you, but what to do in case you credit card is lost or stolen during your holiday in Mijas? The first thing you need to do is to report this with your credit card...
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