History of Mijas / Malaga

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Mijas is a city that was founded for the first time in the 2nd century a.d. by the Romans. The history of Mijas is worth reading. You will understand the culture and customs of this lovely town better.

The history of Mijas goes back to the 2nd century, and during all these years different cultures and civilizations have passed this town. Before the Romans, the Phoenicians and the Greeks came to Mijas, without settling, just to exploit the mines. . Due to his location between Cadiz and Malaga, this village was strategically important. It was at first called TAMISA by The Romans although the Moors shortened it to Mixa over the years it was converted to Mijas. In the area you will find still street names or restaurants with the name TAMISA.

Proof of Moors during their settlement in Mijas can be seen at 'Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion'. A Moorish fortress once stood here from the 8th till the 15th century. The church is build in the 18th century on the ruins of this fortress.

In 1487, Mijas was attached by the Catholic Monarchy. They countered the first attack but unfortunately had to surrender after several attempts. Unfortunately this also meant that the inhabitants of Mijas were sold as slaves. From the 16th to the 19th century, Mijas suffered under numerous attacks from the sea by pirates. The 'look out' towers on the coast were build during this time.

In the 19th century, Mijas meanly lived of fishing and agriculture. A road between Fuengirola and Mijas was build in 1873 but it took until the end of 1950 when tourism got launched in the village. Do you know that the burro taxi's or donkey taxi's date way back from a habit of the locals to get around the village and to the coast or mountains on a donkey. It was commercialized only a few decades ago. So you see, you can still find a bit of history of Mijas in today's traditions and customs.

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