The restaurants in Mijas can be divided into two categories – those in Mijas Pueblo, and those in Mijas Costa. In Mijas Pueblo the focus is on traditional flavours and ingredients of Andalusia, but there are also some excellent restaurants which represent other areas of Spain. In Mijas Costa there's a bit more of an international feel. There are lots of beachside restaurants offering Mediterranean food, and some places serving food from around the world. Here are 10 of the best places in both Mijas Peublo and Mijas Costa for you to look out for.
The mainstays of eating out in Mijas are the traditional Spanish places doing things properly at affordable prices. El Capricho is the perfect example of this. You could eat there every night and not break the bank, and you'll be treated to the best local and national dishes cooked with passion and expertise.
The views from La Alcazaba de Mijas are spectacular – on a clear day you can see all the way to the Rif Mountains in Africa. The food is traditional Spanish with a variety of seafood and meat dishes, all done with classic knowhow. The interior is decorated with an interesting and attractive Moorish touch.
Known for the consistency and quality of its food and service, Restaurante Valparaiso has been going for a long time. Its Mediterranean flavours are enjoyed by Mijas locals as well as the large number of tourists it welcomes every year.
Holidays to Costa del Sol aren't complete without some authentic Spanish cuisine and El Mirlo Blanco does this with an emphasis on the northern Basque region. Go there to enjoy delicious lamb, snail stew and an incredible souffle, all served either on a lovely terrace or inside with a cosy olive-wood fire.
Pampa Tablas y Tapas is right in the centre of Mijas Pueblo and specialises in preparing elaborate tables of sharing plates using the best ingredients, particularly those from Iberia. Each dish is presented with a sense of style and flair, and the excellent staff will always be on hand to make suggestions about the wine and what dishes might be right for you.
After a few days of tapas we'd understand if you wanted a reminder of home. The Village Bistro is the place to go for a taste of life back in Britain, as it serves quality versions of favourites such as beer-battered fish and chips, scallops with pea pureé and black pudding, all with smiling service and a convivial family-run friendliness.
Faro Playa Restaurante is right on the rocky beachfront of El Faro, with panoramic views for miles along the coast. Paella is their speciality, but they also have an extensive fish menu with generous portions of the local catch served with salad and chips. After a day on the beach this is a great place to relax and watch the sun go down over the Mediterranean Sea.
KonFusion Tapas & Cocktail Bar does tapas with a twist. All the normal things are there – the small portions to share, the local ingredients, the attention to detail – but you won't find plates that look like this anywhere else in Mijas. The service is warm and friendly and you have to save some room for the desserts – they're infused with a sense of wit as well as incredible tastes and textures.
Oscars is one of the best known places for quality tapas in Mijas, in a great location right next to Mijas bullring in the centre of Mijas Pueblo. Oscars does everything well – great value, great service and great food and drinks. We recommend checking out it out on at least one night of your holiday - even if you're staying All Inclusive in Costa del Sol.
Not only is Museo del Vino de Mijas a museum where you can learn all about the region's winemaking history, it's also a great place to enjoy gourmet tapas and a glass of something special. The prices are good for the quality and you'll get a real sense of how the enjoyment of local food can be dependent on the enjoyment of local wine.