Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo, Mijas Costa, Andalucia, Spain. “A centuries-old hilltop chapel with a cave shrine & a lookout with panoramic views of the Mijas Costa coastline.” Be sure to visit on your next trip to the ‘white town’ of Mijas Pueblo.
Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo, Mijas Costa, Andalucia, Spain
A tiny chapel carved in to the rock, the Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña boast some amazing panoramic views over Mijas Costa. The chapel was excavated out of the rock by a Carmelita monk in the mid 17th century. Inside the chapel is the image of the Virgin of the Rock, the Patron Saint of Mijas. According to the legend, she was discovered in 1586 by two child shepherds who were guided to the place by a dove.
The Virgen de la Peña is the Patron Saint of Mijas and is venerated here in the Virgen de la Peña Hermitage. Inside, the image of the Patron Saint shines together with the shells that decorate the walls and a rich ornamentation.
According to legend, the image was hidden for five centuries and was discovered in 1586 by a bricklayer, the father of two shepherd children who were guided to the site by a dove. Entrance to the Virgen de la Peña Hermitage is free every day of the year and there is a car park a few meters away.
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Next to the Virgen de la Peña Hermitage we find the Mirador del Compás , a garden area with fountains and a restaurant that is attended by many tourists attracted by the incredible views offered by the viewpoint. From the Compás viewpoint, the panoramic view of the entire coast and the Sierra de Málaga is spectacular . If you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Mijas, do not forget to go up here.
Address: Paseo El Compás 29650 Mijas (Mijas Pueblo)
Telephone: 952 58 90 34
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
More information: Mijas Tourist Office
The Cave & Chapel Ruins with Stunning Views over Mijas Costa
You may have visited some of the most famous and famous places in Spain, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Alicante, but you may not have heard of a typical Andalusian village called Mijas Pueblo. It is part of the province of Málaga and is located south coast of Spain in the southernmost province of Andalucia.
A Beautiful ‘White Town’ on Spain’s Southern Coast
Mijas Pueblo is a whitewashed village perched on a hill by the sea, but many visitors who come here will recognize that it occupies a special place in their hearts. Although it is now an important tourist attraction, it has lost none of its charm and manages to retain a very authentic Spanish atmosphere.
— G Mendel (@GMendel11) March 8, 2021
Annual Festival of La Ermita de la Virgen de la Peña
Almost right in the town center, a few minutes stroll from the ayuntamiento (town hall), you will find this amazing grotto church, where the Virgin is said to have appeared to two children who were led here by a dove in 1586. Within the clifftop cave is a flower-adorned altar in front of an image of the Virgin, plus some religious vestments and silverwork in glass cases. It’s a poignant spot despite the barrage of visitors.
During the annual festival on the 8th (normally, I think) of September, the effigy of the Virgin is carried up to the Ermita del Calvario. Black-iron crosses mark a short walking trail that leads up to the hermitage.
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