Cafe con Leches – Sophie’s Staple

Europe, Food, Sightsee with Sophie, Spain

Every time I travel, I always make sure to reserve a special budget for coffee. In Spain, my coffee budget goes straight to the classic “cafe con leches.”

I discovered “cafe con leches” during the Camino de Santiago and since then, I’ve been on a mission to find the best one in town. So naturally, I have to try them all out in Mijas.

Sunrise walks through Mijas. Followed by a perfect cafe con leche at a local Spanish cafe.

Tomillo Limon — The first place recommended to me in Mijas. A great tapas restaurant — their coffee is also fabulous. Perfect place to visit if you need to get some work done on the computer. Plus you get a free cookie. Bonus!

Tapintxos — An adorable cafe and tapas bar right in the middle of Mijas. Another great place to sit down and get some work done. Perfect for a mid-day cafe con leche break.

If you’re ready to change things up, grab a Cafe con Baileys at Maria’s. Some of the best prices for coffee in the area. This is a hot spot for the locals. It’s one of the cutest local bakeries in the area. Not the most ideal for camping out and getting work done, but perfect for grabbing a coffee and croissant. Take a sunrise hike up the hill, stroll through the streets of Mijas, then grab a Cafe con Baileys to top it off. Can’t go wrong with that!

On the go? My favorite cafe con leche in the area was at Maria’s — only 1 euro. Perfect for the midday pick-me-up.

Bella Vista — Otherwise known as the Orange Chair cafe. The owner of this cafe is one of the friendliest in Mijas. If you tend to camp out at coffee shops (working remotely, yay!), you might score some free cheesecake here. The owner likes to practice his English, so be prepared for some fun comments. Not a bad place to work on your computer while enjoying the beautiful view of Mijas.

Not a fan of cafe con leche? There’s always time for tea instead! The tea in the area has a lovely Moroccan flair. Check out El Camino, which is right on the side of the second roundabout in Mijas. The owner is extremely friendly and will give you some great travel tips if you’re interested in visiting Morocco.

La Boveda del Flamenco — Right in the heart of Mijas, this is a perfect cafe to sit outside and soak up the sun. This is one of the first places I checked out in Mijas after my sunrise hike. Just around the corner from here is a beautiful panoramic view of the area.

Go around this corner to check out the panoramic view. Absolutely gorgeous!

Not a coffee or tea fan? Check out my review on some of the cutest wine and tapas places in the Mijas area!

Hiking in Mijas

Europe, Hiking, Sightsee with Sophie, Spain

It’s not too difficult to find a trail around the Mijas area. All you do is head towards the mountain and you’re bound to hop on one of the many trails. Be aware of the mountain goats — they tend to jump out when you least expect it. They’re also everywhere.

Lots of the trails lead you to other towns around Mijas. It’s the perfect way to tour the area and hop from town to town. Or you can use the trails to find a good lookout point for a decent sunrise or sunset. You’ll be able to see the mountains of Morocco from a high point. Definitely a must-see! There are trail signs everywhere, so there’s no chance you’ll get lost. My top recommendation —

  1. Download Maps.Me and then download the area where you are
  2. Find a peak on Maps.Me, select the “route to” option, and route will be created
  3. Follow the route and you’ll get to your peak!

Maps.Me is a great way to keep you on the trail if you’re on a time crunch and need a decent estimation of distance/time. Some of the top trails I hiked while using Maps.Me navigation were:

  • Cerro del Moro Peak [great spot for watching the sunrise and getting a good view of Morocco!]
  • Cerro de Medialuna [lots of runners and cyclists on this trail]
  • Mirador Cantera [a fun lookout spot, easy hike]
  • Pico Mendoza [good view of the Mijas town]
  • Sierra de Mijas [another easy hike around the Mijas area]
  • Viewpoint off of Ruta Cruz de la Mission [perfect picnic / sunset area]

New to trail running? Looking for some decent running shoes that you can use on multiple terrains while traveling? Check out my Inov-8 Shoes. I swear by these. These babies have come with me on the Camino de Santiago, through the Annapurna trails in Nepal, up my daily Manitou Springs incline adventures. They’re super light and durable. I ordered 3 pairs of them so I’ll have back up when I wear them out. I never skip town without them.

Life’s too short to miss those sunrises. Get on out there!

What brought me to Mijas? Check it here.

My Story with Mijas

Europe, Sightsee with Sophie, Spain

Why I Went

I was accepted into the Global U program and received the opportunity to live in Mijas for 3 months. Global U is a 9 month gap year program for students ages 18 – 23. Its focus is on equipping students with entrepreneurship, computer programming, and leadership skills needed to start a business or nonprofit. We spent 3 months in Mijas working with world-class mentors to receive guidance on our passion projects that we’ve built. If you’re interested in an alternative approach to education, check out Global U! You can learn more about my passion project here.

What I Did

When I wasn’t in class with Global U, I was out and about trying to explore everything that Mijas had to offer. It’s an adorable, charming town filled with great cafes and stores. It’s also strategically located near a set of mountains that are packed with trails — I certainly took advantage of that. Sunrise runs are the best here!

Who Should Visit

This is a great little town for a relaxing weekend away. Road tripping through southern Spain is definitely a must — and Mijas should be a destination on the list. You can hit up a lot of places in this area — Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, and Malaga.

After a morning hike in the mountains, you can come into the town for an afternoon glass of wine and plate of tapas. Did I mention that you can see the mountains of Morocco from here?

Check out some Mijas posts here!