Another must-see visit in beautiful Mijas is its bullring. After you pay the 3 euro entrance fee, that is. The Mijas bullring was built at the request of its neighbors around the year 1900. It's location (built on rocks) and the facade, which looks like a typical Mijas home, have been photographed and visited a lot by tourists who are visiting the square since its inauguration party when there was the running of the bulls. There have only been two years when the festivities didn't take place, and both were due to the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939.
In the first week of June, Mijas, as it has done for 20 years, celebrates International Day of the People, a party full of color in which the whole community is involved. There are stalls representing different countries where you can taste the typical food and drink of each country as well as buy crafts and learn the customs of each place. At the multicultural festival, there are also performances on the main stage, representing the music and dance of each country. These take place all day and through the night, ending on Sunday with fireworks. The party reaches its climax with an international parade followed by percussion workshops for children; painting and ceramics; Moroccan henna; Mexican piñata; popular Scandinavian games; Dutch painting; Senegalese percussion; Chinese writing and salsa. A highly recommended way to understand the culture of different countries.
Fortaleza got its name from the ancient wall that protected Mijas with its height and situation. It made a good defensive place from which the enemy could be seen, both by land and by see. The fortress was built by the Arabs, and was part of a complex of watchtowers, castle and an Arab mosque (after their settlement, a church was built within the walls). Now, there are beautiful gardens, souvenir shops, the bull ring and a kindergarten. The views are spectacular, allowing you to see most of the Costa del Sol.