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Gina on the Sunny coast; I fall in love with Mijas

My Town – In love with Mijas, Spain
Name: Gina Gil
Born: 1967
Real Estate Specialist, Costa del Sol

MIJAS, COSTA DEL SOL: I am a very passionate person and constantly seeking for new bright experiences and emotions. I am an explorer by nature and always try to discover new interesting places rich in history. Mijas answers all these desires but is not new for me, I keep visiting this town since 1993.

Where do you live? I live on Mijas Costa, Malaga, South of Spain.

I grew up: Tallinn, the capital of Estonia

Why I love Mijas: It´s something special about this place – I never get tired of it and every time I see something new. I experience that excitement like to my first visit. For me it is not just about enjoying it by myself but also sharing it with my friends and clients. Being a local real estate agent my first aim is to show my clients the best our coast has got to offer so they could experience the happiness and joy of seeing beautiful surroundings, learning about traditions, meeting locals and trying Mediterranean healthy diet.

Mijas on it´s best

Located on the hill just few minutes’ drive from Fuengirola, Mijas offers amazing view to the coast. Cobble stone narrow streets with white houses sprinkled with colorful flower pots. You find handcraft shops and outdoor cafes, old churches and a bull ring and authentic chocolate factory. Flamenco street dancers and frequent celebrations on the main church with big stalls of food and drinks.

My early memory: The first time I visited Mijas was in 1993 when I moved to the coast from a beautiful but very cold and different Estonia. From the first moment Mijas has become an impersonation of everything we love about Spain. When my son was born there was no question where shall we christen him. The local church is very special.

A place with such a view!

My favourite place to eat: Restaurante La Alcazaba Local 306, Plaza Constitucion, 29650 Mijas Pueblo. La Alcazaba  give  feeling of importance – especially if you are dining in their “La Sala”, the place for special occasions – perfect for birthday parties or a wedding celebration. Breath-taking views over the coast, friendly service and good selection of traditional Spanish food.

What do you eat there? Prawns “Pil Pil” is my favorite starter and “Dorada en sal” as the main.

Typical local food? Tapas and seafood

Meet the locals: Mayan Monkey Mijas Chocolate Factory, Plaza Virgen de la Pena, 15, Mijas Pueblo. This is a must-visit each time I go to Mijas. It attracts all sorts of people of different nationalities who admire good coffee, handmade chocolate and a good chat.

Best for a first date? The viewing platforms of Mijas of course. Sharing this fantastic experience will be the moment to remember and unite. Here I fall in love with Mijas

My best advice: Choose clear sunny day for visiting Mijas to admire fantastic breath taking views in full.

My favourite shop: I adore the handcraft shops in Mijas. They are more like museums where every item produced by local talented artists.

Taxi or other local transport? Mijas is very easy to reach by car, by taxi or by bus from the main bus station in Fuengirola. Great parking space by the Town Hall of Mijas for just one euro per day.

How to find the best places to eat when you travel? I follow my intuition or speak to locals – they are the best source of information.

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Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya online travel magazine. Meeting people for engaging stories. I´m off to uncover the best strategies for long life living. This is part of my venture “Around the World in 80 Lanes” – about travel, run sprint, staying fit! I just want a tiny slice of adventures to feel alive, and then excited to return home.


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