For one of my first trips of 2020, me and a group of friends took our children on a weekend trip to Meijas. It is an almost three hour trip from Cadiz by car and you must pass through several tolls to reach this mountainside Spanish Town. (Meijas is also close to the Malaga airport if you are flying into Spain). With it’s pristine white walled buildings built directly into the side of a mountain, it is awe-inspiring and a sight to behold.
We started our drive from Cadiz and stopped briefly in Gibraltar for a bathroom break and snack before heading back on the road. We arrived at our hotel (Mijas Costa Oasis by Grangefield Oasis). For 120 euros, we got a three-bedroom condo with full kitchen, a living room and private bathroom in each room. Our room overlooked the pools and was close to the playground and mini golf course. We decided to go eat Indian food while waiting for everyone else to arrive and went to Connoisseur Indian Restaurant which was a 6 minute drive from our hotel. When everyone else arrived we let the kids burn off some energy in the indoor pool and hot tubs. If traveling with kids or if you plan on swimming yourself, you need to bring swim caps or you will not be able to use the pool. (You are able to borrow a swim cap from the front desk if you need one).
After waking up and getting all the kids fed and dressed, we got in the cars and headed for old Meijas. It was about a 25-minute drive from our hotel and we parked in the very modern parking structure that stood in striking contrast to the old buildings all around. We got all the kids out of the car and our first stop was the miniature museum. For a very cheap price you can keep the kids entertained by looking at many miniature pieces of art or pottery that they have on display. They even have artwork painted on the head of a nail. It is very entertaining for the kids and they loved looking at all the pieces and wondering how the artists accomplished it.
After the miniature museum we went to the Mayan monkey chocolate factory. For 11 euros, you and your kids (or just yourself) can create 3 full size custom chocolate bars. The kids loved it and were so excited to try their creations. As a fair warning, do not go here if you are on a diet because you are able to sample everything before making your bars and you are definitely going to be tempted to eat all your chocolate an hour later.
From there we went to have lunch at Triana Restorante & bar. We were able to enjoy a nice meal and some sangria while the kids people watched from the balcony of the restaurant.
After picking up our completed chocolate bars (it takes an hour for the chocolate to cool and harden), we took the kids walking around the city and to look at the donkeys in their traditional Spanish costumes.
We then took all the kids to Parque La Paloma to let them play at the playground and walk around the duck pond. The park is also filled with modern art as well as wild rabbits and cats.
We gathered up all the children one more time and headed for Castillo Monumento Colomares. This beautiful Moorish style Castle overlooks the coastline and provides tons of opportunity for photography. The kids also loved running around the castle pretending to be pirates and my two-year-old sprinted to keep up with all of them. At the end of the day we were all exhausted from our travels and decided to order Thai food back at the hotel.
On our drive back to Cadiz the next morning, we stopped in Estepona for some pastries and found a beachside playground for my son. Estepona was definitely a very cute town and worth exploring during the summer time.
Overall, Meijas was a wonderful kid friendly destination for a mini vacation. There was a lot for the kids to see and do as well as things for the adults to enjoy too. It is definitely worth it to take a few days to stop and see this wonderful little town in Southern Spain. There was so much small town charm and the people loved our giant gang of children and treated them like kings and queens. I definitely intend to return to Meijas to see what else it has to offer.
Place to stay:
Mijas Costa Oasis by Grangefield Oasis
Calle Topacio, de Riviera del Sol, 4, 29649 Mijas de Costa, Málaga
Where to eat:
Connoisseur Indian Restaurant
Camino Fuente de la Seda, 1, 29650 Mijas, Málaga, Spain
Things to do:
Parque La Paloma
Castillo Monumento Colomares: